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Cannabis, CBD & Seniors



Senior citizens are using cannabis today to treat a variety of conditions and symptoms, including chronic pain, anxiety, insomnia, and depression. Cannabis has also been shown to have potential benefits for conditions such as arthritis, Parkinson's disease, and multiple sclerosis.


Some seniors are using cannabis to replace or supplement traditional medications, while others are using it as a way to manage the side effects of their medications. Additionally, many older people are using cannabis for recreational purposes, either on their own or with friends and family.


Older people are just like the rest of us; they use a variety of cannabis products, including dried flower, edibles, tinctures, and topicals. Edibles are particularly popular among older adults, as they provide a discreet and convenient way to consume cannabis without the need for smoking or vaping. My mother is in her late 70s and has started to show interest in edibles as both a recreational and medicinal product.


Dear Senior Citizens,


If you are considering using cannabis to treat your pain, anxiety, or depression, there are a few things you should keep in mind to ensure that you have a safe and positive experience.

First and foremost, it is important to consult with your doctor or healthcare provider before using cannabis. They can provide valuable information about potential interactions with any medications you may be taking and help you determine whether cannabis is a safe and effective treatment option for you.


When choosing a cannabis product, it is important to select a reputable and licensed dispensary. This will ensure that the product you are purchasing is of high quality and free from harmful additives or contaminants.


People who have never used cannabis or CBD before and then do so at an older age, may need to really start off slow with dosing. Using 99% CBD with only 1% THC in the form of a gummy can be a safe place to start. Additionally, it is important to be aware of the potential side effects of cannabis, which can include dry mouth, dizziness, and impaired coordination.

Practicing meditation, spending time in nature, preparing and eating nourishing food and spending time with loved ones are all life practices that will bring balance to life. Getting plenty of sleep with the help of THC and/or CBD can help the older person to feel rested and more whole and able to enjoy the day.


Finally, it is important to use cannabis responsibly and in a safe environment. This means avoiding driving or operating heavy machinery while under the influence and keeping cannabis products out of the reach of children and pets.


While cannabis can be a helpful treatment option for pain, anxiety, insomnia and depression, it is important to use it responsibly and under the guidance of a healthcare provider. By taking these precautions, you can have a safe and positive experience with cannabis.


Best wishes,

Cannabis Cactus

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