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Older Adults Using Cannabis to Treat Common Health Conditions – Study

I am currently 80 years old and use CBD oil as well as hemp-based oils and salves to relieve pain from my arthritic hands. These are non-psycho-active and that is my preference. Full disclosure, back in the 1960’s when I first moved out of my parents’ home and lived on Rush St. here, in Chicago, I had a lot of jazz musician friends who smoked weed regularly and I also indulged. I do not now, nor have I for decades.

With growing interest in its potential health benefits and new legislation favoring legalization in more states, cannabis use is becoming more common among older adults.

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University of California San Diego School of Medicine researchers report that older adults use cannabis primarily for medical purposes to treat a variety of common health conditions, including pain, sleep disturbances and psychiatric conditions like anxiety and depression.

The study, published online October 7, 2020 in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, found that of 568 patients surveyed, 15 percent had used cannabis within the past three years, with half of users reporting using it regularly and mostly for medical purposes.

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