A seniors’ cannabis dispensary outing showed that older people aren’t necessarily closed-minded. A group of people from the Sound Vista Village in Gig Harbor Washington, an assisted-living community, took a tour of a medical cannabis dispensary in Sodo. After the Pot 101 talk, they also visited Suncliff, a growing and processing plant next door to the store.
The Seattle Times asked the seniors about their outing and got some very positive feedback and answers from these open minded senior citizens. They say they learned a lot. It was a very professional and informative talk, and they hope more people will open their minds to medical marijuana.
Marijuana was a taboo
Barbara Krause, 84, said she grew up at a time when marijuana was a big taboo, but she was impressed by the tour, and she left with a jar of CBD ointment for her daughter’s painful arthritis. However, the sprightly lady says she doesn’t have arthritis herself.
Tracy Willis, owner of the establishment and 16 similar facilities in Washington State said the idea was to demystify cannabis and to gather some facts. The group was informed about different strains such as sativa, which has a more uplifting effect, while indica a more sedative strain. They learned about the terpenes, aromatic oils and the signature smell of each strain. Dispensary personnel also told them about the differences between edibles, oils, vaporizing and smoking.
Strict warning for seniors’ cannabis outing group
There was a strict warning about eating too many laced cookies. That’s exactly what happened to New York Times columnist, Maureen Dowd. She ate an entire candy bar in a hotel room and ended up panting on the floor having a horribly paranoid experience. This wouldn’t kill her, as one can’t die of an overdose of cannabis, but it can be a very unpleasant experience. So, when it comes to edibles, one must be cautious because it can take up to an hour to have any effect.
Verna Gregg, 88, agreed on that she had a similar experience. When she visited her grandchildren, they gave her a small piece of cannabis-infused cookie to calm her nerves. It really helped. The next day she ate some more without knowing what she was doing, and she lost her mind completely. So, never underestimate THC edibles; take it slow.
Keen gardener wants to grow one plant: it’s pretty!
Maria Scott, a keen gardener, said she had never tried marijuana but would love to grow a pot plant as they are very handsome plants. She got a CBD tincture she was going to use for her sciatica pain. She jokes that she intends to grow her plant. After all, if she gets caught at age 91, what would they do to her?
More older adults are turning to medical cannabis
Research shows more elderly Americans are turning to cannabis as an alternative treatment for aches and pains. The number of citizens older than 65 in Washington, using medical marijuana increased threefold from 2011 – 2014.
Setting a great example
The seniors’ cannabis outing may have been a small one, but if the open-minded approach of this group is representative of current attitudes, we can expect the number of seniors using medical cannabis to rise even more. It’s refreshing to see this group setting such a great example. If you are ignorant about something, don’t make up your mind about it without getting the facts.
The best part of this story is that these older adults made an effort. They went to see what marijuana is about and acquire first-hand knowledge. The popularity of CBD was interesting: clearly, these folks aren’t looking to get high. Instead, they want to get the benefits of medical cannabis. Then again, at least one of them was inspired by the horticultural potential of cannabis as a pretty garden plant! Well, there’s something for everyone in cannabis, we suppose…