Cannabis for Seniors
Seniors are the fastest growing population of new medical cannabis users, yet many senior citizens remain misinformed about cannabis. This age demographic may even reap the most benefit from this medicinal plant. Most seniors take prescription drugs on a daily basis. The side effects of cannabis are insignificant compared to those of some prescription drugs. Furthermore, the powerful anti-oxidant effects of cannabis can provide relief for many medical conditions.
Ask your provider how cannabis may help your conditions(s). Medical cannabis could become a valuable tool in your “wellness toolbox”.
Cannabis for Seniors
Cannabis Use Guidelines
Different products like flower, edibles, and concentrates require different tools, have varying effects, and require specific precautions. Flower provides immediate effects via vaporization or smoking and can last up to 3 hours. Edibles are more powerful and last for longer periods of time, so start at low doses and gradually increase after allowing up to 6 hours to feel the results. Concentrates are highly potent in small quantities.
First Time Cannabis Use
Ensure that your first time consuming cannabis is a positive experience.
Busting the driving high myth.
Be Mindful with Concentrates
Consuming small amounts of cannabis to enjoy the benefits without the potential negative side effects.
What is in Cannabis?
Cannabis is made up of cannabinoids, terpenes, and to a lesser degree, flavonoids. Cannabinoids are chemical compounds that make up the majority of a strain.
Each contains a unique set of properties. CBD and THC are the two most common and frequently sought-after cannabinoids. Others, such as CBC and CBN, are less common, but they do affect the quality of your medicine. This also applies to the many terpenes in the cannabis plant.
More on cannabinoids:
CBD – Cannabidiol is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid. It is most commonly found in hemp and high-CBD cannabis cultivars.
CBN – Cannabinol is a lightly psychoactive cannabinoid known for its sedative properties. It is relatively uncommon in flower and often used in processed cannabis products.
THC – Tetrahydrocannabinol is the primary psychoactive cannabinoid found in cannabis. It is known to help alleviate a number of ailments.
CBG – Cannabigerol is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid.
THCV – Tetrahydrocannabivarin is a psychoactive cannabinoid.
CBC – Cannabichromene is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid.
Sources: The Medical Marijuana Dispensary by Laurie Wolf and Mary Wolf and apothecarium.com.
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