In a recent study by the University of California San Diego, it was determined that roughly 15% of senior citizens have used cannabis for medical purposes. Pain management, insomnia and anxiety were at the top of the list for why our esteemed elders have decided to go green. It is interesting to note that approximately three out of five of first-time MMJ users are older adults. Most of these people are using out of medical necessity rather than recreation and with proper guidance from a doctor, they have discovered that marijuana does not hold the same stigma that was depicted in “Reefer Madness”.

There are a lot of people turning to MMJ for the medical benefits as societal acceptance of nature’s favorite medicine increases. People are realizing that the effects are not as dramatic as the media had once perpetuated (and occasionally still does). While the dangers of prescription medications are becoming more and more prevalent, the potential side-effects of cannabis are being mitigated to become the safer option and in some cases are being shown to be more effective.

The active ingredients do not have the potential for addiction that many prescription meds are renowned for, nor do they cause the same long-term organ damage that can result from sustained use of certain prescriptions. As with any form of medicine, moderation of dosage and frequency are an integral factor in the proper usage of any substance to allow its curative properties to function while minimizing any other undesirable effects.
People have concerns about senior citizens using MMJ, and rightfully so. This is Grandma we’re talking about, and the importance of Grandma can never be diminished. It is a universal constant. That being said, is it right that we negatively stigmatize the proper medicine? On the other hand, is it right that we give her a card and wish her the best without proper guidance? There has to be a better way…

Some people are afraid to ask for help with things they don’t understand, concerned for a plethora of reasons that include fear of being exploited or further confused. This isn’t the case with the MMJ community, though. Many of these places will take the time with you to make sure you are getting the proper care that you are paying for. At the same time, it is important that you ask questions and get clarification of anything concerning you, so your budtender or doctor can better assist you. This is a fairly new industry with a long history behind it, no matter how trivial the question may seem, if it concerns your well-being, it may not be trivial at all. These people are here to help, and you’re paying them so it’s important to get your money’s worth.

An even better solution is to use the buddy system, preferably with someone who understands the intricacies of MMJ and its various components. These people love to share their knowledge and help others understand what it’s all about. Remember that the MMJ community is all about helping each other, whether it’s on the internet, with friends or as a customer. Keeping Grandma or Grandpa happy is a huge part of this.


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