Contrary to popular belief, medical cannabis isn’t merely a young (wo)man’s game. As the industry continues to shift gears, a growing number of seniors are considering the use of medical cannabis to help with a number of ailments. In fact, according to Health Canada two-thirds of those prescribed medical cannabis report using it for severe arthritis – a medical condition that is prevalent in the older population.
That being said, cannabis consumption is still shrouded in a great deal of stigma and misconception, which continues to serve as a barrier to many consumers over 65. If you’re hesitant about the use of medical cannabis, it’s important to start by thinking of it as a medicine. Not only that but not all strains will cause you to feel intoxicated. (CBD, for one, is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid.) For more on debunked cannabis myths, click here.
If you’re wondering whether medical cannabis is right for you, start by consulting your healthcare practitioner. Eligibility will depend on such factors as your medical history, current symptoms, and other medications you are taking. If your doctor feels medical cannabis is right for you, they will write you a prescription which can then be sent to the Licensed Producer of your choice.
For those who live in rural communities or who have a doctor uncomfortable with prescribing medical cannabis, Aurora is happy to provide you with a list of cannabis educated doctors who can help you assess whether this medicine is suitable to you. Simply reach out to our Client Care team anytime between 6 am and 6 pm (Pacific) at 1-844-928-7672 for more information.
Please consult with your doctor before making decisions regarding exact dosages. Always follow your practitioner’s guidance on how to use medical cannabis. Like all other medications, it is not risk-free and needs to be discussed in detail with your doctor.
Always start low and go slow.