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Can medical marijuana help senior citizens?

YES.     The number of elderly seniors using marijuana for various medical conditions is growing. Medical cannabis has shown benefit in the symptoms of pain and discomfort in rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, and other chronic pain conditions. Seniors also find cannabis relief after treatment of anxiety, depression, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, insomnia, sleep disorders, glaucoma, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and panic attacks. Alternative methods of ingestion such as edibles, pills, topical creams, and oils avoid the odor of smoking and have helped its rising popularity. Cannabis generally has fewer side effects and on the advice of the doctor, may be used as a replacement treatment for the usual harmful medications commonly prescribed for many of these conditions. For more information, read our article “Can I Serve as a Legal Representative if I’m a Patient?”.