Older adults in the US using cannabis to treat common health problems

by Newsfeed


WITH growing interest in its potential health benefits and new legislation favouring legalisation in more states in the US, cannabis use is becoming more common among older adults.

University of California, San Diego School of Medicine researchers report that older adults use cannabis primarily for medical purposes to treat a variety of common health conditions, including pain, sleep disturbances, and psychiatric conditions like anxiety and depression.

The study, published online last Wednesday in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, found that of 568 patients surveyed, 15 per cent had used cannabis within the past three years, with half of users reporting using it regularly and mostly for medical purposes.

“Pain, insomnia and anxiety were the most common reasons for cannabis use and, for the most…



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