Is marijuana and seniors a bad combination?


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  1. Ba' Pham

    Is there systematic-review evidence of marijuana use by the elderly and delirium? Hope this has been part of the development of the policy and legislation regarding legalizing marijuana.

    • Vanessa Milne

      We didn’t do a full literature review, but I couldn’t find anything about delirium and marijuana, and none of my sources had heard of anything published about it either.

  2. Cheryl

    I have used the CBD (not mind altering) for pain and it works very well. I am 80 years old and can not take most pain medications. My reaction to them are vomiting, hallucinations, seeing double and nausea and vomiting. After total knee replacement the Stanford Pain team said there was nothing they could give me. I had to take a pill to reduce nausea then a codeine. I could not think, I was woozy, still vomiting and my mind was hazy.
    When I got home and switched to CBD I did not have pain. the different types of marijuana should definitely be studied for medical purposes in elderly.
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  3. Ian Mitchell

    1.It would probably be helpful to put cannabis in the context of other medications that are prescribed to seniors. Antipsychotic medications including Seroquel (quetiapine) has a meager evidence base, with significant toxicities, including increased falls and yet is massively overprescribed to seniors in nursing homes. https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2016/05/16/nursing-homes-urged-to-rethink-drugging-people-with-dementia.html Many seniors are using cannabis as a substitution for opiates and benzodiazepines, medications with significantly higher toxicity. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28189912 https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/cannabis-vs-seroquel-insomnia-which-better-choice-ian-mitchell

    2. You mentions that cannabis can be associated with problems with bladder cancer. The largest and most recent study showed a 45% decrease in the rate of bladder cancer https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25623697
    3. You mention bone loss, but you completely fail to make any mention of CBD (cannabidiol) in your discussion. Cannabidiol does not cause a high, but has anti-seizure, anti-anxiety and anti-inflammatory properties. Many seniors are very interested in this aspect of cannabis, which remains illegal, despite having no euphoric properties. This drug may also promote bone healing and has positive effects on bone density, something seniors also tend to be interested in.
    4. It is also unfortunate that you did not include the most recent, exciting research suggesting that cannabis can increase cognitive function in the elderly https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/marijuana-may-boost-rather-than-dull-the-elderly-brain/

    • Vanessa Milne

      Hi Ian,

      Thanks for this. I would mention that the study you refer to in point 4 is on mice, and that we did discuss cannabis’s use as a substitute for opioids in the piece.

      Appreciate the comment,
      Vanessa

  4. Sue

    What are the risks of marijuana when pregnant please.

  5. Tracy Edwards

    People, only at bedtime for seniors. Eliminates accidental falling Period nite nite ssshhhhh

  6. Pff

    More fearmongering and baseless playing down cannabis’ powers.

    I take it for ulcerative colitis and there is no doubt that
    it has the same levels of antiinflamatory powers upon
    my body as prednisone at 40mg or higher. Fools
    who claim there is no evidence are brainwashed
    or guided by nefarious agendas in similar ways
    as happens in other fields with billion dollar interests
    at stake of being lost.

    Anyone who takes FECO oil (currently illegal because it is pure
    and the feds don’t want you getting pure strength or it would
    upset the pharma competitors) or thc in other ways
    knows that it does make you drowsy, so simply
    take it at night before bed like I do, I would not
    take this stuff just before driving or in the morning, anyone who
    uses it doesn’t do that unless you don’t have any work
    to do or place to go.

    The claims in this
    article that it makes some elderly people delirious is like DUH,
    it makes anyone feel that way, that is why
    you take it at night, like a sleeping pill, what
    fool do you know would take a sleeping
    pill in the morning or at noon? This article is jaded by ignorance
    and low intelligence level.

  7. Genny

    -has there been any evidence of marijuana use in seniors for TMJ? Would be interesting to know.

  8. Diana

    I have just recently started vaping marijuana for chronic migraines. I have suffered with these for 50 years! I have never used illegal drugs nor do I smoke or use alcohol. After vaping 3 to 5 puffs a day for the past 3 weeks, my daily, extremely bad headaches, have been reduced by 50 to 60%. I still have some headaches, but the intensity of these are greatly reduced. I am somewhat concerned about potential health problems from using medical marijuana, but read ANY prescription drug’s adverse reaction list and you will see dozens of possible side effects on ALL of them! At this point in my life (68) I am ready to try almost anything to reduce decades of pain!

    • Thomas Allen

      I am a 76 yrs old man. I retired to mexico and live in a wonderful town along with many other expats. I enjoy getting high alone and with friends and we have great thoughtful conversations and much laughter. That is what pot is for…enjoyment and improving health. Just enjoy and ease your pains and take the same care as you would drinking wine or beer.

  9. Retep

    We have been users for 50 yr and my wife at 68 after doing our mini bong hit( just 1) had a seizure. I nean a full blown seizure for 3 min in my arms. All the tests show nothing. Please dont make light of “ its probabbly killer weed” etc. its not our first rodeo and I grt it from the same oerson for yr. It was goid weed but not particularly potent. I am dying of cancer and have tried using it for nausea and pain but does nothing for me. Face it I just like being high.I am not sure if it is the weed but to me it isnt worth the risk of another seizure. Dr says it probably isnt the weed but honestly they at times arent up on the latest even in their own field. So we stopped. Good for all that say it works for them I would never quit if it werent for this. At this point its not worth the risk for her. Just something to think about.

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