Have you noticed more seniors hanging around the dispensaries? There are some big reasons that we are seeing more and more seniors turning to medical marijuana. Here are just a few things to think about.
They Were Young Once
Remember that younger seniors were young adults in the 60s when it seemed that everyone toked. They may not have been the law-abiding citizens that they are today. Many people in the 60s and 70s smoked marijuana, even if they didn’t admit it at the time. Most of them left those things behind and went on to lead very different lives, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that their opinion of marijuana ever changed. It simply means that they wanted to obey the law.
Now that medical marijuana is legal, these seniors are flocking to get their medical cards. They know from experience that medical cannabis is a natural pain reliever, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and has other healing properties. Every year more research comes out to support what everyone always knew—that medical cannabis can be a wonderful, natural medicine for a wide range of conditions.
Medication Compliance Issues
Most seniors don’t like to take pills. They often distrust doctors and the pharmaceutical industry. If they are able to get relief from medical marijuana, they will happily throw out their addictive painkillers. Many seniors believe that prescription pain killers make them foggy and that cannabis isn’t as bad. One of the biggest problems with studying pain in seniors is the fact that doctors cannot get patients to comply with a pain medication regimen.
Many Florida doctors are now considering a turn toward medical cannabis and away from these prescription pain relievers. They are much more likely to allow a senior to get a medical card than they may have been in the past.
If you are a senior who has recently gotten their medical card, you are not alone, and we are here to help. Come in or contact us, and we can help answer all of your questions and get you started.