Book Review: Cannabis for Seniors

By Beverly A. Potter PH.D.

Would it surprise you to learn “…people ages 55 and older are now the fastest-growing demographic of pot users in the country?”. Or that several conditions of aging can be treated with medical marijuana in place of opioids?  Cannabis is rapidly becoming a viable option to treat chronic conditions in senior citizens.

Cannabis for Seniors is a fascinating look at pain relief that is not addictive – unlike opioids. Ms. Potter states that “The Risk of dependency (of opioids) is virtually 100%”. The author contends that “pharmaceutical does not “cure” the distress, but rather masks it”. Sadly, many seniors live with constant pain and the only solution up until now may have been pharmaceutical – but that is rapidly changing.

There has been a steady reduction of opioid use in states with legalized marijuana. Per the Health Affairs Journal: “…$165 million reduction in annual Medicare spending on drugs for which marijuana could be a substitute ”. Another interesting statistic comes from the JAMA Internal Medicine study that “saw a 25 percent reduction in overdoses from painkillers in states with legalized marijuana.” Personally, I feel the research sees it a viable option that cannot be taken lightly and should be considered if you or someone you love has to deal with chronic pain. Additionally, cannabis has also shown “promise in treatment of Alzheimer’s disease” as it promotes the removal of plaque in the brain.

The title page of this book states that it is not “medical advice” and “Readers should discuss issues raised in this book with their personal physician…”. I agree wholeheartedly. But I seriously feel it is a book that any senior who has chronic pain issues should read and consider the possibility of using cannabis for relief. It is informative and offers an alternative to opioids, and as we all know many states have legalized marijuana. If your doctor feels it is a viable option, it is really important to do your own research as well, to see if it is right for you. “Cannabis For Seniors” is a great way to start.

DISCLOSURE OF MATERIAL CONNECTION: I have a material connection because I received a review copy for free from Netgalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. Copyright © 2021 Laura Hartman

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