The Elderly & the Cannabis

From retirement communities to nursing homes, elderly Canadiens are increasingly turning to marijuana to treat their ailments. Many have adopted Cannabis as an alternative to powerful medications such as morphine, as it is less addictive and has fewer side effects.

In Canada alone, the number of marijuana users and the increase of use for this drug for medical purposes has been significantly high. Especially among those over 65 years of age, according to recent studies.

“I would be in a much worse state if I was not using cannabis, both physically and mentally,” said Anita Mataraso, 72-year-old grandmother and director of a medical marijuana education and support program. She takes a dose daily for arthritis and neuropathic pain, among other diseases. Like her, there are many other elders that use Cannabis for many other diseases. Making the Marijuana reach the firsts places of alternative treatments for these and other several weaknesses.

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