AGRiMED Industries understands with compassion that most seniors grew up during a time when marijuana was illegal in Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and around the country.
It’s unfortunate that marijuana has been portrayed for decades by the government and media as an illicit drug used solely for a social purpose by “hippies” and so-called “drug addicts.” However, as states like Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia legalize the use of medical marijuana, these negative stigmas are quickly being exposed for what they are: scare tactics that have no relation to the scientific evidence backing marijuana’s use in providing sufficient respite from:
- Multiple sclerosis
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Parkinson’s disease
- Other illnesses that are not responsive to traditional medicine
The golden generation may be the most misinformed about marijuana, yet they are the most vulnerable to the ailments above. So, why should they be the demographic left out when they could benefit the most from this natural medicine?
Here are 10 things Ohio’s, Pennsylvania’s and West Virginia’s aging population should know about medical marijuana and products from AGRiMED Industries.
- Most conventional prescription medications are not as safe as Medical Cannabis.
The reality is that most aging citizens take prescription drugs on a daily basis. However, the side effects of marijuana are relatively insignificant compared to those prescription drugs. There is strength in the fact that not a single person has ever died from a marijuana overdose. The powerful anti-oxidant effects of marijuana can provide relief for many disorders, but in Ohio specifically, we can recommend medical marijuana to treat multiple sclerosis, HIV/AIDS, glaucoma, Alzheimer’s disease, migraines, Parkinson’s disease, and other illnesses that are not responsive to traditional medicine.
- Marijuana is not physically addictive.
We hear from aging patients regularly who have a fear that if they start using marijuana, they will become addicted to the medicine. This fallacy is one of the most detrimental to the reputation of medical marijuana because patients can use cannabis daily and then stop altogether with little to no side effects—some liken the effect to that of quitting one’s daily cup of coffee.
- Marijuana can reduce reliance on prescription medications (and sometimes replace them).
Our senior patients often see their daily medications as a burden, from the timing to dosages to unpleasant side effects. Sometimes they are taking one medication to take care of the side effects of another drug, and that can feel overwhelming to some. Marijuana’s healing properties target various conditions that are prevalent in many aging patients in a way that can mimic the effect of many commonly prescribed drugs in a much safer form.
- There is a “strain” of marijuana for every individual.
Each genotype of the Cannabis sativa L. plant has it’s own “personality,” chemical and terpene profile, and therefore produces different effects for each patient. While pharmaceuticals are one straight-forward drug, the medical marijuana plant is more like having an entire natural pharmacy at your disposal. Some strains are better for migraine relief, and some strains have a greater effect on Alzheimer’s patients. Some strains are very low in THC, and others contain a balance in the THC and CBD compounds.
- There are marijuana strains that don’t get you “stoned.”
As we mentioned in the previous point, there are medical marijuana strains available that contain such a small dose of THC that they do not produce the euphoric high we associate with cannabis. This information is extremely helpful to many of the patients we consult because they are curious about trying medical marijuana, but they may need to medicate throughout the day without feeling the psychoactive effects of THC. Thankfully, AGRiMED Industries is currently producing potent CBD genetic strains that have a minimal amount of THC. CBD (or cannabidiol) is a major player in the therapeutic effects of medical cannabis because it significantly reduces inflammation, which we now believe is the leading cause of many of our ailments as we age. CBD is also great at reducing anxiety and increasing mental focus.
- There are ways to use marijuana other than smoking it.
Medical cannabis does not necessarily have to be smoked to be therapeutic. Some caretakers can infuse butter and cooking oils with medical cannabis that can be used to make medicated foods. Edibles are not legal for sale in Ohio, but once you have medical marijuana in your possession, it is up to you how you choose to consume it. Marijuana can medicate just about any regular recipe in the form of marijuana-infused butter or oils.
- Cannbis-infused ointments can be very useful.
Creams, ointments, and even transdermal patches are becoming a popular way for aging patients to use medical marijuana without the psychoactive effects.
- Marijuana does not lower your IQ or cause brain damage.
The misconception that marijuana reduces intelligence damages brain cells or otherwise is another serious misrepresentation. Not only is no documentation that shows that marijuana reduces or “kills brain cells,” the American government has a patent out on marijuana as a neuroprotectant. Studies indicate that marijuana gradually encourages new neural pathways to be forged, allowing those with impaired brain function to halt further degeneration. Marijuana is used with success in patients with Alzheimer’s disease, and outside of Ohio for those with severe brain damage from concussions.
- Marijuana can help increase your appetite.
Loss of appetite leading to weight loss is one of the most dangerous health risks among senior citizens in Ohio today. Medical marijuana is highly successful in alleviating nausea and stimulating appetite. Additionally, a recent addition to the American Journal of Epidemiology finds an intriguing connection between marijuana use and body weight, showing that rates of obesity are lower by roughly one third in those who use marijuana. That means while it does enhance one’s appetite, it does not (despite some false claims) regularly cause overeating and weight gain.
- The stigma around medical marijuana use is fading.
Did you know that our seniors are the fastest growing population of Ohio’s new medical marijuana users? There is no other explanation for this other than to say that it is working work for them. If you are in pain due to multiple sclerosis, HIV/AIDS, glaucoma, Alzheimer’s disease, migraines, Parkinson’s disease, and other illnesses that are not responsive to traditional medicine, then medical marijuana in Ohio may be the right choice for you.