Medical Cannabis for Older Patients

Cannabis use in the older population is on the rise, and every day more seniors seek out information on how it can alleviate their chronic symptoms and lead to a better quality of life. We speak with older Floridians regularly who have heard stories from friends and neighbors about how cannabis has changed their lives.

A Good Match

But, why do seniors especially seem to experience so many benefits from using low-THC strains of cannabis? The answer may lie in the conditions that affect seniors the most. Some of the most common ailments plaguing the elderly population include:

  • Chronic pain
  • Poor appetite
  • Cancer-related symptoms
  • Mood disorders, such as depression
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Poor sleep
  • Neuropathy

Interestingly, these are all conditions that cannabis has been shown to improve. For reference, see these sources: U.S. Pharmacist, PubMed, and Very Well Mind. It’s no wonder that so many seniors are seeking the medicinal benefits of cannabis, specifically CBD, to give them some relief and comfort. 

More Social Acceptance

Another influencing factor in the increase of cannabis use among seniors is a less social stigma attached to its use. New locations in the U.S. are decriminalizing cannabis every day. Cannabis has shown so much promise to improve the quality of life for the elderly, the AARP has released a statement voicing support for its medicinal use! As the fear of legal punishment for cannabis use fades, more and more older people feel comfortable adding cannabis to their treatment plans.

Part of the increase in social acceptance in the senior population involves who makes up that population. As those who were young adults in the 1960s and 1970s enter their golden years, they bring with them the carefree and experimental spirit of their youth. They are more willing to try alternative therapies, push back against prohibitions, and fight for expanded access.

Medical Cannabis Access for Florida Seniors

If you’re a senior in Florida living with any of the conditions listed here, and traditional treatments haven’t brought satisfactory relief, contact Hakunah Matata at (239) 789-6561 for more information on securing a medical marijuana card and prescription today. With low-THC strains of cannabis available from state-approved dispensaries, you can experience the symptom relief you desire without any psychoactive effects! Our caring and compassionate physicians will answer all of your questions about using cannabis for medicinal purposes and help you decide if this life-changing treatment is right for you.