Medical Marijuana and Aging

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Jun 21, 2011


Colorado - Boulder County , Colorado - Denver North Metro

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Medical Marijuana and Aging
Cannabis has been used as healing remedy for many thousands of years in many cultures. And recently, modern science has discovered an endocannabinoid system naturally present in the brain from birth in all humans and many animals. Endocannabinoids are manufactured naturally by our bodies and cannabis is the only thing in nature which provides cannabinoids that fit the same receptors, which is the reason cannabis is so successful in treating a wide range of conditions.
As baby boomers age, more seniors are turning to medical marijuana (cannabis) for illnesses many commonly deal with as we age. While it is fairly widely known that medicinal cannabis is effective in treating conditions such as glaucoma and the side effects of chemotherapy including nausea and vomiting, recent science indicating its effectiveness in many other conditions is less well known. Conditions which cannabis can be beneficial in treating include arthritis and other autoimmune disorders, cancer, IBD and Chron's disease, diabetes, neuropathic pain and Alzheimer's.
I have coped with emphysema and within the last year my blood pressure has been lowered significantly and I no longer have to use inhaled steroids for inflammation of the lungs. My pulmonologist is quite pleased with my progress in fighting my disease and is well aware of my alternative medicinal practice. He concurs that I have improved and as I am only medicating with mmj [medical marijuana], it certainly [is evidence of] the all around benefits of mmj. I am 64 and it is such a pleasure to have the freedom to walk into a beautiful, clean mmj center where I feel safe, and has everything I need to feel better...physically and mentally. Judith, 64, Longmont, CO
In January 2011, leading doctors in the field of cannabis science and medical marijuana law experts spoke at a conference at in Laguna Woods spoke to an audience of 1,000 seniors. Robert Platshorn has begun the Silver Tour, a traveling educational seminar and NORML is developing a Senior Alliance. The biggest concerns many seniors have when considering medical marijuana as an alternative to pharmaceuticals with much more severe side effects are: overcoming the stigma surrounding marijuana, obtaining safe access and avoiding the irritation to the lungs due to smoking. It should be noted that while smoking anything is not good for the lungs, marijuana has shown not to cause lung cancer and even presents a slight protective effect.
There are many alternatives to smoking as a method of administration. Medical marijuana is now widely available in food and beverage form, tinctures, capsules and suppositories. Vaporizing cannabis with a vaporizer offers an inhaled form that has shown to be safe and effective. Your Medical Marijuana Center (a safe, State regulated facility), or Caregiver (a private provider) can help you decide what is right for you as an individual with your particular health conditions.
Editors Note: This article was submitted by Shannon Lamoureux, of Colorado Dispensary Services in Boulder, Wheat Ridge & Denver, Colorado. She may be reached at 303-495-2195 or visit their website at,

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