Therapeutic Cannabis for Elderly Patients - Treatment Rules and First Results (STUDY 2019)

  • Therapeutic Cannabis for Elderly Patients - Treatment Rules and First Results (STUDY 2019)

Cannabis use can also bring many benefits to the elderly. The new study focuses on this topic.


Extract from the study

Elderly cannabis use can help with various symptoms such as chronic pain, sleep problems and others that are not adequately controlled by various therapies. There is currently a lack of evidence regarding the efficacy and safety of cannabis use in these patients.

This article focuses on introducing the rules on cannabis use in the elderly.

We focused on patients over the age of 65 who were using cannabis from April 2017 to October 2018. The results also included adherence to treatment, a worldwide assessment of efficacy and adverse events that followed half a year after treatment.

Throughout the study, 184 patients started with cannabis treatment. 63.6% of them were women whose average age was 82 years. After the first six months, 58.1% of the test users were using cannabis. Of these, 33.6% reported adverse reactions including dizziness (12.1%) and drowsiness and fatigue (11.2%).

Of all participants, 84.8% confirmed their improvement.

Therapeutic cannabis should still be properly and individually considered. An individual patient risk analysis should be included in this review and the efficacy and safety should be checked in the coming months.

Key words: elderly adults, seniors, medical cannabis, marijuana, rules


Authors: Ran Abuhasira, Addie Ron, Inbal Sikorin, Victor Novack.
You can read more of this study here: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6912698/.

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