The best way to sample cannabinoid treatments and get educated on what is what, and what works for what, according to seniors in California, is to throw a Mary Kay-style pot party at your retirement village.
The last decade showed more boomers enjoy cannabis
A recent study showed a 71% increase in marijuana use amongst people older than 50, or the so-called baby boomers, over the last decade. Business Insider UK found it fascinating, and took a look at how this market is turning to cannabinoid therapies.
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Seniors arrange something akin to the Tupperware parties of years gone by at a retirement village. Here, they examine informative material on the benefits of cannabinoids.
For example, they will watch a video featuring seniors talking about how cannabinoid treatments helped them with ailments and illnesses. These testimonials help to break down the stigma attached to cannabis and explain that marijuana doesn’t have to be smoked, and doesn’t have to make one high.
Armed with this information, they can make a choice between oils, edibles, and tinctures, and choose between various cannabinoid concentrations.
Mom struggled to get good info
Carrie Tice says the need for information on cannabinoid treatments became very apparent to her when she wanted to help her mom who suffers from anxiety because she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Her mom got a doctor’s recommendation to purchase cannabis, so they visited a dispensary. There they learned that there were too many products available, and dispensary employees weren’t clear on what her mom needed.
This seems a little odd, because what little research there is so far points toward CBD as being the best cannabinoid for anxiety, while THC can cause panic attacks. Admittedly, this research isn’t conclusive yet, but it should be fairly common knowledge, particularly to sales consultants at a dispensary.
No more Ativan for mom thanks to cannabinoid treatments
Tice says her mom is doing well. She is living with family, and has replaced Ativan, a standard anxiety medication, with cannabis under supervision of her physician. We’re not quite sure why Carrie’s mother’s doctor didn’t recommend specific cannabinoid treatments to begin with, but it’s great to hear that she finally got the right advice.
Growing older gracefully
As more and more seniors become aware of the benefits of cannabinoid treatments, increasing numbers are turning to cannabis. And although we talked about “pot parties,” the real get-togethers aren’t anything like the pot parties of the sixties. Instead, older adults are getting together to share knowledge on how to grow old gracefully with the help of cannabinoid treatments.
From a scientific perspective, a lot of the information is speculative, nevertheless, folk medicine has been scientifically proven in the past. As researchers explore cannabinoids, they confirm many of the widely-held theories on the uses of cannabis. For now, getting together to learn, talk, and sample seems a good way to get information.