Cannabis Could be a Big Player in Aging Gracefully

Cannabis Could be a Big Player in Aging Gracefully

Cognitive and physical changes are inevitable, but studies show cannabis may help us in aging gracefully.  Is aging gracefully possible with cannabis? Basically, vastly increasing numbers of older adults are consuming cannabis. A recent study published in JAMA Internal Medicine (2020) found that the prevalence of cannabis consumption among people sixty-five and older almost doubled from about two to four percent between 2015 and 2018 1)Han, B. H., & Palamar, J. J. (2020). Trends in cannabis use among older adults in the United States, 2015-2018. JAMA Internal Medicine, 180(4), 609-611. jQuery(“#footnote_plugin_tooltip_4998_1”).tooltip({ tip: “#footnote_plugin_tooltip_text_4998_1”, tipClass: “footnote_tooltip”, effect: “fade”, fadeOutSpeed: 100, predelay: 400, position: “top right”, relative: true, offset: [10, 10] });. Basically, according to Harvard Medical School, there are two possible reasons for this increased interest. The first is a decrease in the stigma attached to consuming cannabis. Older adults may feel that cannabis consumption is more socially acceptable. Further, they may feel more comfortable admitting to their cannabis consumption. These reasons combine with the establishment’s increasing interest in medical cannabis. Preliminary investigations suggest that cannabis can help treat multiple conditions common to older adults – the kind that contribute to gracefully aging – but small sample sizes and a lack of high-quality evidence limits the research. Can Brain Aging be Reversed? Unfortunately, cognitive impairment is a reality for many older adults and it tends to get worse with increasing age. With cannabis consumption and temporary cognitive impairment often going hand-in-hand, it may seem counter-intuitive to give older adults cannabis to help brain…

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