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Are you a senior wondering if cannabis may be right for you?

Published Friday, December 09, 2016

For those of you who don't know, cannabis is a great alternative to many prescription pills on the market today. It is a natural analgesic and may be used as an anti-inflammatory, antidepressant, and anti-tumoral treatment. Cannabis is not just a plant people use for recreational purposes, it is scientifically proven to have an abundance of medicinal benefits and is being used by millions of patients everyday. According to a study conducted by the CDC, from 2002-2014 there was a 333% rise in cannabis use among seniors age 65 and above. So in conclusion, cannabis is right for you, it is right for everyone and may be used concurrently with other western medicines.

Why Cannabis?

  • Cannabis is a great alternative to the majority of prescription pills being prescribed on a daily basis to patients of all ages.
  • Cannabis is not physically addictive
  • There is no lethal dose of cannabis
  • There are no major side effects to consuming cannabis
  • You can use cannabis in conjunction with western medicine! Many opiate based pain killers are enhanced when marijuana is used as well, ultimately resulting in a reduction of pharmaceutical medicines.
  • Strains are specific for ailments

Is cannabis right for me?

If you suffer from any of the following ailments...

    • ALS
    • Alzheimer's Disease
    • Antibiotic Resistance
    • Anxiety
    • Atherosclerosis
    • Arthritis
    • Asthma
    • Cancer
    • Crohn's Disease
    • Colitis
    • Diabetes
    • Endocrine Disorders
    • Fibromyalgia
    • Glaucoma
    • Heart Disease
    • Inflammation
    • Kidney Disease
    • Liver Disease
    • MS
    • Neuropathic Pain
    • Osteoporosis/ Bone Health
    • Parkinson's Disease
    • Rheumatism
    • Schizophrenia
    • Sleep Disorders
    • Strokes

...Then cannabis can help!!!

But What if I don't Want to Get High?

If you wish to use medical cannabis for the medicinal value but do not wish to feel the psychoactive effects you should consume only CBD strains. CBD is an abbreviation for cannabidiol, the non psychoactive cannabinoid present in the cannabis plant. This compound is most well known for it's analgesic, anti-inflammatory, and anti-anxiety properties. Any form of cannabis that is made from extraction may be extracted from a pure CBD strain. Some well known CBD strains are: Harle-Tsu, Charlotte's Web, Harlequin, and Cannatonic!

How Do I Use Cannabis?

Now that you know cannabis is right for you, you need to figure out which method of consumption is for you. Nowadays there are many different ways of administering medical cannabis, here are some:

  1. Smoked Cannabis

    This method is most common among consumers. Cannabis may be smoked from either a pipe, cigarette, or bong. When smoking cannabis, cannabinoids are absorbed by the lungs, into the blood, and across the blood-brain barrier. This causes the effects to occur within a few minutes. When smoking cannabis the effects usually last up to 2 or 3 hours. This method is good for treating minor symptoms that need to be addressed quickly.

  2. Vaporizing

    This method is great for those who want the immediate effects of the plant, but do not wish to inhale smoke. When you use a vaporizer it heats the flower or oil without burning it, so the active ingredients are inhaled as a vapor, not smoke.

  3. Tinctures

    Tinctures are made when active ingredients of cannabis are dissolved in alcohol or another solvent. Tinctures may be administered orally or directly to the skin and usually take about a half hour to an hour to feel the effects. Tinctures are great for those suffering from muscle spasms and chronic pain.

  4. Sublingual Spray

    These are made from plant extracts mixed with substances, such as oils, that may be sprayed under the tongue. When administered under the tongue the spray is quickly absorbed through oral mocusa, the effects usually take about 5-15 minutes to kick in.

  5. Edibles

    Edibles are any food or snacks cooked with cannabis infused oils or butters. Edibles are orally administered, they can take anywhere from 1 to 3 hours to feel the effects, which usually last about 4-6 hours. Edibles are a great method of consumption for those who do not wish to inhale. They are best suited for treating chronic conditions that require a steady dose throughout the day. They are extremely potent though and should be taken in small doses.

  6. Capsules & Gel Caps

    Capsules contain cannabis oil extracted from the plant. These may be administered orally, like a vitamin. Capsules effects take place about a half hour to an hour after consumption and usually last 4-6 hours.

  7. Topicals & Salves

    This method of consumption is often administered directly to the skin in the form of an infused balm or cream. This method is most effective for pain, inflammation, infections, and skin conditions. Because this method is applied externally there are no psychoactive effects.

I'm sure by now your preconceived notions of the cannabis plant have been shut down and you are willing to give it a try! I hope this is the case because as I have previously stated this plant is a wonderful natural alternative to many opioids currently being prescribed, it may also be used in conjunction with many types of western medicine! As always, thank you so much for reading and for helping Okun THC deliver the difference!




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