Study: Seniors say cannabis provides positive benefits
A new study from the University of Colorado School of Medicine says that seniors who’ve used cannabis over the past year agreed that it improved their quality of life. The study is of only 274 people (with a mean age of 72.5, though that’s still not a huge sample size), but said that those who’d used cannabis in the past year reported “improved overall health, quality of life, day-to-day functioning, and improvement in pain.” The drug helped with arthritis pain, along with back pain, anxiety, and depression. You can read the full abstract of the study online.
In general this is great news, but of course such a small study is just one data point in a larger picture. Certainly, there are benefits to be derived from cannabis, but people respond to the drug in all sorts of different ways. Still, it’s nice to hear a conclusion like this, and whatever the long-term picture might be, there’s obviously some potential in improving the lives of older people with the drug for sure.
That doesn’t mean you should go out and buy Dad a joint right away, but then again, he might get a kick out of it, and Father’s Day is coming up, right? If he’s like the seniors surveyed for this study, he might appreciate the offer.