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Marijuana May Help Old-Age Ills, New Study Says

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New study in the United States of America has revealed that old peoples aches and pains might best be eased with a little weed.Not only did folks over 75 who took medicinal marijuana report less pain, their use of pot-based capsules, tinctures and e-cigarettes allowed a third of these patients to reduce their use of  opioid painkillers, researchers found.

The study tracked 204 elderly patients who had been prescribed medical marijuana to deal with pain through New York state’s medical marijuana program, said Dr. Laszlo Mechtler, medical director of the Dent Neurologic Institute in Amherst, N.Y.

All were given products containing various ratios of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD), most often tinctures that were applied with an eyedropper under the tongue, Mechtler said.

“A majority of patients came back and said, ‘I’m better,'” Mechtler said. “The efficacy rates were quite high. Most patients felt their quality of life had improved.”

“Medical Marijuana, in my opinion, is an excellent choice for patients with chronic disease, including chronic pain,” said the senior researcher.

THC is the chemical in Marijuana that causes intoxication, while CBD has been associated with a number of potentially positive medical benefits.

About 7 out of 10 patients experienced some symptom relief, researchers found.Half said their chronic pain diminished, 18 percent said they slept better, nerve pain improved in 15 percent, and anxiety was quelled in 10 percent.

Three-fourths of the people treated had been diagnosed with chronic pain, Mechtler said. Other conditions included cancer (6 percent), neuropathy (5 percent), multiple sclerosis (5 percent), epilepsy (3 percent) and Parkinson’s disease (2 percent).

After adjustments in dose, only 21 percent continued to have side effects. Ultimately, 3 percent of participants stopped taking medical marijuana due to side effects.

 

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