Cannabis for Seniors: The Ultimate Guide to Edibles

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Seniors may have hundreds of questions about medical Marijuana because of a lack of resources, but this group is among the fastest-growing group of cannabis consumers.

While the group may be misinformed, there is no doubt that they’re most likely to benefit from the use of cannabis. Prescription pharmaceuticals are synonymous with Seniors, with many of them consuming these drugs daily.

The harmful side effects of these drugs often result in even more medication while the healing benefits of cannabis are overlooked simply because of stigma or misconception. However, those that consume medical Marijuana have anecdotally attested to its effectiveness, and for those a little more conservative, cannabis edibles may very well be the perfect solution.

Why are edibles convenient for Seniors?

If you want to experience the health benefits of cannabis without smoking it, edibles may just be the option for you. The iconic cannabis brownie has been a favorite for years! Cannabis edibles are available in a variety of forms and provide the best benefits for consumers with chronic health concerns. The active ingredient in edibles combined with other foodstuffs provides a slow, sustained release that has proven to be extremely effective in dealing with a vast range of medical ailments.

Cannabis-infused edibles such as capsules, tablets, gummies, cakes, or even teas provide a perfect method of consumption since they are discreet and comfortable to administer. Although funding the correct dosage may be tricky since it’s dependent on several factors, a safe place to start is at or below 2.5mg of THC. Cannabis for medicinal purposes should be used under the guidance of a professional.

How to find the right product?

With new products entering the market every day, how would you know which product is best suited for you? It is important to remember that the onset of effects from consuming edibles is much longer than smoking cannabis, and it can take up to 2 hours for these to set in. When buying cannabis products, it is essential to do so safely.

Licensed dispensaries and online head shops like Grasscity are the best options, and these often carry a variety of edibles with different concentrations of THC and CBD. Their products are tested for safety and potency before being approved for sale, while products bought from illegal operations may be untested and contaminated with pesticides and bacteria. Choosing a licensed supplier is imperative to ensure that the product performs as it should, without inducing any harmful side effects. Stick to the beginner dose of 2.5mg or below, and remember not to consume any more before you’ve had a chance to feel its effects.

What can they be used for?

Seniors, for the most part, are perfect candidates for medical cannabis, given the ailments that seem to show up as we age. Research into the use of cannabis for chronic pain and inflammation has shown promising results and offers a much safer alternative to prescription medication that often contains opioids.

Opioids not only create dependency but also come with harmful side effects. Cannabis products containing CBD are nonpsychoactive, meaning that they do not produce the euphoria associated with products high in THC.

Cannabis has also proven to be extremely effective in the treatment of Alzheimer’s and other neuropathic diseases because of its high antioxidant properties. Indicas are associated with sedation and sleep, and the active terpenes in cannabis have excellent therapeutic and sleep-boosting abilities, making them a perfect treatment for insomnia. Because of the slow release of cannabis in edibles, the longer-lasting effect will provide better relief for a longer period.

Medical Cannabis has been used for decades, and the stigma attached to it is slowly dissipating. Offering a wide range of health benefits, it is fast becoming the preferred alternative, with proven results in sufferers of anxiety, cancer, chronic pain, and Alzheimer’s Disease. With millions attesting to its pain relief and healing properties, more and more people are turning to the more natural solution.

Cannabis has also proven effective in weaning people off addictive pharmaceutical drugs and reported side effects are few. And given the discreet consumption of edibles, we’re bound to see even more Seniors making use of cannabis edibles in the future.

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