Medical marijuana, often referred to as cannabis, has found a strong foothold recently, and that foothold seems to be increasing. More and more states have accepted the use of medical cannabis as acceptable, and some states have even legalized recreational use of this drug.
This article is not going to look at the moral or health ramifications of legalized recreational marijuana, but rather the medical side of things, and how they may or may not be of use within your family. At the end of the day, this is a personal matter, but if this is an option in your part of the world, then it is just one more option available to you. For that reason alone, it might be worth considering, especially if other options have not helped your loved one to deal with medical issues.
First, you need to look at the legalities of medical cannabis. If it’s not legal in your area, then it’s not a viable option. Some states that have not legalized cannabis use for medical reasons have legalized CBD, a marijuana derivative. CBD is an extract from the plant that has medical properties, but none of the psychoactive ingredient within it. Because of this, CBD has also grown in popularity, especially for those people that want to avoid taking another medication, especially one that will change how they act and feel.
This is true even of people who would never have considered using marijuana earlier in life. More and more, cannabis is becoming not just acceptable for use in medical care, but something that is being sought out. There are a lot of health conditions that it helps to relieve. These include pain relief, relief from cancer pain, reduction of nausea and vomiting, and relief from anxiety. Oftentimes, those individuals who have not found relief in any other area are able to find relief through the use of this.
Society has placed a stigma on the use of marijuana, and there’s a decent reason for that. It is something that can be abused. But when used under the guidance of a doctor, this is not something that needs to be worried about. Still, it is understandable that many seniors will be opposed to the use of medical cannabis.
Medical marijuana has also grown in popularity in hospice care. Because it can relieve pain and nausea symptoms without the ill effects of opioids, it has a certain amount of appeal. Many senior care workers (about 90 percent) in states where medical cannabis is not legal indicated that they supported the use of the drug in a survey published by Forbes.
Like other treatments, medical cannabis isn’t for everyone. It can be helpful to some and detrimental to others. If it’s something that you have questions about, getting in touch with a doctor can be a good place to start. If you do decide that this is something that might be able to help you or a loved one, a medical professional will know where to point you so that you’re not purchasing something that you should not be.