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More Seniors Turning to Marijuana for Relief From Aches and Pains

New reports show that an increasing number of senior citizens — some nearing age 100 — are turning to medical marijuana for relief from aches and pains that in the past typically have been treated with powerful prescription drugs, according to The San Diego Tribune.

Interestingly, the Tribune notes that for some, this is a last resort because nothing else helps. But even more curious (although not surprising to me) is that patients who are trying medical cannabis are endorsing it as very helpful in their pain care. This is promising progress, as I’ve long said that medical cannabis can provide a wide range of benefits for certain patients.

Cannabis is potent medicine courtesy of high amounts of cannabidiol (CBD), medicinal terpenes and flavonoids. Unfortunately, CBD is still a Schedule 1 controlled substance — meaning you can’t get it legally unless your state passes a law allowing it to be prescribed and used for certain conditions.

Medical research supports the safety and benefits of approving medical marijuana for this purpose. In fact, most research to date shows that cannabis offers significant health benefits for minimal risk, thanks to your endocannabinoid system. Even U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy acknowledged in early 2015 that marijuana may be useful for certain medical conditions.

Additionally, while frowning on recreational use of marijuana, the American Academy of Pediatrics gave their "strong" support for research and development as well as a "review of policies promoting research on the medical use of these compounds." They also recommended downgrading marijuana from a schedule I drug on the DEA's schedule to a schedule II drug, in order to facilitate increased research.
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