How Cannabis Really Helps Seniors

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Cannabis in the form of concentrates, edibles, or smoked or vaporized flowers, could be a therapeutic addition to the daily routines of seniors who are treating glaucoma, cancer, Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, heart diseases, Crohn's disease, anxiety, depression, and arthritis. Cannabis' analgesic and anti-nausea properties make it a powerful player in treating the symptoms of a variety of ailments seniors face, as well as the side effects produced by their traditional treatment regimens. It can also improve the overall quality of life for patients. 

One recent study conducted by Valerie Corral, the co-founder of the Wo/Men's Alliance for Medical Marijuana (WAMM) in Santa Cruz, California, identified a "shift in consciousness" among terminally ill patients who undergo cannabis therapy, which allows them to enjoy a healthier and happier life during their final moments. Corral says, "This is of particular interest, as each patient reported a reduction in anxiety often associated with the dying process." WAMM is a medical marijuana co-op comprised of mostly seriously ill and terminal patients, of which HIV/AIDS and cancer are the two most commonly treated conditions. 

Cannabis also offers seniors a replacement for their more dangerous opiate therapies which can produce disorientation and confusion, nausea, loss of appetite, and a complete loss of functionality. These drugs are highly addictive and can lead to overdose and even death. Cannabis does not produce these harmful negative side effects, something that is most appealing to seniors.  

This information has been provided by MassRoots and approved by our Chief Medical Officer.