A lot of attention and concern has been placed on kids using medical cannabis with parental or medical guidance. Their concerns are misplaced and out of date, based on the “Reefer Madness” propaganda induced phobia of cannabis or marijuana leading to addiction and insanity.
Some of the children who are afflicted with the most severe form of epilepsy, Dravet Syndrome, are alive and doing well because of specially formulated cannabis that’s low in activated THC. Others are surviving cancer and curing terminal Crohn’s Disease because of higher THC cannabis.
Most of them manage well on cannabis almost completely, getting off most or all of the pharmaceutical medications that were worsening their condition.
But what about older folks, people well into their 60s and older, 70s and 80s?
Only a small minority who take responsibility for their health with good diets, the right supplements and moderate exercise wind up managing well in those age groups. Most of them weren’t aware of the Internet’s “alternative” health information and warnings about mainstream medicine when they were younger.
So most senior citizens wind up loading on pharmaceuticals just to get by with daily routines, including decent sleep.
But there is an increasing number of very senior citizens catching on to the merits of one plant’s ability to replace those medications for “age-related” ailments. Some have even managed to walk out of hospice after medical cannabis intervened
Many Older Folks are Using Cannabis for the First Time
This author lived in an apartment complex for seniors over 55, supposedly to accommodate lower incomes in the expensive area of Santa Fe, NM.
You can be assured that many there are burdened with serious pharmaceutical medication agendas, running around with oxygen tanks, coping with chemotherapy for cancer, and recovering from knee and hip operations with opioid painkillers that have serious side effects.
After all, private insurance, Medicaid or VA covers it all, and most of these people worship mainstream medicine. Then again, New Mexico as a medical marijuana legal state is one of the most restrictive of them.
But older folks in California are making their golden years actual gold, reducing pain and a multitude of “aging” ailment symptoms while getting off pharmaceuticals that had been making life more miserable for them.
Many senior citizens and elderly ailment ridden folks are discovering that cannabis is not a gateway drug. It gets people off addictive narcotics prescribed for pain effectively and comfortably while healing the reason opioid painkillers were initially prescribed.
Cannabis’s side effects are actually pleasant, not merely tolerable. And they don’t create more medical issues that demand more pharmaceutical interventions. Actually, senior citizens often easily leave most of the legal drugs behind while cannabis relieves most of their older age health issues.
Not Impressed Yet? How About Leaving Hospice at Almost 80?
Retired dentist Stan Rutner was 77 when he was diagnosed with lung cancer. It was his second dance with cancer. He was a survivor non-Hodgins lymphoma some years earlier, using conventional chemo with nutritional supplements.
Once again, he began conventional treatments. Both chemo and radiation were used, but Stan wasn’t up to this harsh treatment anymore.
His condition worsened and soon more cancer was discovered in his brain. He was so bad off the doctors gave up and he was placed in home-hospice with his daughter Corrine as his caretaker. Her fiance at the time, John Malanca, did some research.
Living in California made it easy for John to discover the medical virtues of cannabis oil and take advantage of the lenient medical cannabis regulations and high access to its purchase.
So he and Corrine easily convinced Stan to start taking cannabis oil capsules while on his deathbed breathing with the aid of bottled oxygen and too weak to walk.
In a few days, he no longer needed the oxygen to breathe and he could walk using a walker, which he soon did abandon. Stan totally recovered with no sign of cancer anywhere in his body.
He has become a medical marijuana advocate who takes smaller maintenance doses of cannabis oil capsules daily. Amazingly, even while in hospice care, he never went to a full gram of cannabis oil in a day, which is what many recommend for late stage cancer.
Stan and his wife made it to Corrine’s wedding to John a couple of years later, and John reported on Stan’s 82nd birthday in January 2017 on his United Patients Group site, which is well worth the visit if you wish to look into using medical cannabis or if you’re simply curious.
You’ll find out more about Stan as well at the United Patients Group site.