Cannabis becoming the safe alternative for chronic pain: Recent U.S. polls indicate that Americans over the age of 65 represent 14 percent of the population who use more than 30 percent of all prescription drugs, including highly addictive painkillers such as OxyCotin, Vicodin, Codeine, Morphine, and many others. Many of these opioid drugs are causing overdose and deaths when abused, or get into the wrong hands of street dealers.
However, a recent study by American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) and the Cannabis Clinical Research Institute at Soroka University Medical Center monitored a group of patients 65 and older for six months. What they found is that medical cannabis treatment significantly relieves pain and improves quality of life for seniors with minimal to no side effects. The new study published in The European Journal of Internal medicine, found cannabis therapy is safe and effective for elderly patients seeking to address chronic pain, cancer symptoms, PTSD, Parkinson's disease, colitis, multiple sclerosis, and other medical conditions.
BGU researchers surveyed 2,736 patients that were 65 years and older who received cannabis treatment. More than 60 percent were prescribed cannabis for chronic pain and pain associated with cancer. More than 93 percent of those tested reported that their pain dropped to more than half and their quality of life significantly improved. The most commonly used method of consuming the cannabis was from cannabis-infused oil and vaporization. Most common side effects were dizziness (9%), and dry mouth (7%). The researchers indicate through their findings that cannabis may decrease dependence on prescription drugs, including opioids.
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