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Question: Should Your Aging Parent Use Medical Cannabis (marijuana)?

Answer: The fastest growing population of marijuana users in America is the elderly. The elderly population in Arizona consists of 45,018 of the 114,439 registered patients, reported in the July 2016 annual report by the Arizona Department of Health Services. The above age 50 groups have increased by 5400 in the past six month, reported in the AZDHS December 2016 monthly report.

Scientists and health professionals who study cannabis believe cannabis treats just under 700 symptoms and conditions. It is common knowledge in the U.S., 57 people a day over age 65 die from prescription and OTC drug over dose and drug interaction. It is also common knowledge (20-year history) that 25% fewer deaths from prescribed drugs occur in states that have medical cannabis laws. Not one person in thousands of years has died from cannabis use: over dose or drug interaction. Cannabis is incapable of shutting down your heart or brain. There are no reports of cannabis causing organ failure and a great deal of science stating it heals organs.

Cannabis helps with some typical problems of aging like no other drug. It does so safely with fewer side effects than most pharmaceutical drugs on the market today. Medical marijuana allows pain patients to use fewer narcotics, opiates, and over the counter, pain medications.

Cannabis lifts the spirit of those who use cannabis known to produce anti-anxiety and anti-depressant properties. A much safer option to mental health medication or alcohol. Users report better mental function with clear thoughts and ability to stay on task longer. Marijuana helps the elderly maintain a healthy weight, heal bed sores and skin problems, better bladder control, improved balance, fewer tremors and muscle spasms. Cannabis treats digestive disorders, eye disorders, a natural anti-fungal, bacterial, and treats viruses effectively.

In my personal experience cannabis is a blessing to the aging body and does not requiring smoking it.

I have personally read the medical records of 15,000 patients who have come thru our clinic the past three years to obtain a medical marijuana patient card. The average age of our patients is 65, our oldest patient is 100 years old. What I see among our elderly medical marijuana patients is better quality of day, fewer medical visits, reduced and eliminated prescription and OTC drugs, and extended quality of life. I have lost 11 family members from prescribed drugs and alcohol, not one from cannabis.

 

-MA, Cannabis Consultant @ MJ Consulting LLC

Question: Can medical marijuana help patients reduce or eliminate opiates?

Answer: Yes. Not only have I seen patients first hand eliminate the opiates and opioids (synthetic forms of opiates) from their daily needs, but there are more and more scientific studies emerging about how medical marijuana can help reduce the need for opiates. Medical marijuana is a safe alternative for patients with chronic pain who are prescribed opioids by their doctor, and many patients have said that making the change to medical marijuana has given them their quality of life back.

Medical marijuana can replace a patient’s need for prescriptions such as oxycodone, Vicodin, and morphine, whether prescribed or obtained on the black market. Opioid prescriptions have skyrocketed in the past 20 years. In 1991 prescriptions for opioids like hydrocodone were around 76 million, and in 2013 that number reached 207 million. With that being stated, it is not very surprising that forty-four people in the United States alone die from prescription opioid overdose daily. And that is only prescriptions; this number goes up to 78 daily if you include heroine. Also, about 7,000 people are treated in emergency rooms in the U.S every day for accidental misuse of a prescription opioid.

This shows that medical marijuana is considerably safer than opioids. Nobody has ever been to the hospital for abusing marijuana, and nobody has ever died from overdosing on marijuana. You would have to consume 20,000-40,000 times the THC in a joint to be at risk of dying, and that is just about impossible. Medical marijuana also has limited side effects, and those include dry mouth, hunger, high moods, red eyes, fatigue, and occasionally blurred vision. Side effects of opioids are far more severe than this, including but not limited to, sedation, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, constipation, addiction, digestive disorders, organ failure, drug interaction, breathing problems, and death.

Here at MJ Consulting LLC we have been collecting anonymous clinical research forms. This is a way to track how medical marijuana has been helping our returning patients without them needing to give us a verbal testimony. The results bring all of us in the office a lot of joy. One patient said “I have used very few ibuprofen within the past year and no Vicodin”. Another patient states “I stopped taking oxycodone”, and another patient said “I no longer take soma or gabapentin”. One of the forms that really caught my eye states “Off morphine, dilaudid, soma, fentanyl, and methadone”. These are just a few statements from the forms that we have collected.

When I asked our Clinical Coordinator, Josie, what she thought of medical marijuana reducing the need for opioids, she said “We have to look at the Arizona Board of Pharmacy Controlled Substances Prescription Monitoring Program database for each patient that is certified for medical marijuana. The majority of our renewing patients show that they have not had any controlled substances prescribed within the last year, which includes opiates, barbiturates, and benzodiazepines, where in previous years they had been prescribed these.”

So, there you have it. Medical marijuana is a safe, smart alternative to prescription opioids. Not only is it safer, but it is a way to gain back your quality of life and control your pain.

Written by Megan G applications manager at MJ Consulting LLC. For more information stop by and our office at 8540 E. State Rt. 69, Prescott Valley, AZ. Attend our class every Monday starting at 11:00 am.

This article is for information only and is not medical advice. To seek medical advice, schedule an appointment with any of our four Natural medicine doctors or consultants.

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Children and Marijuana in AZ

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Question: Can children in Arizona us marijuana as a medicine?

Answer: Yes. Sensitive topics need to be discussed - like this topic.

Sadly it is such an expense to parents - few do. When a parent does obtain a medical marijuana patient card for a minor at a cost of 600-700 dollars, parents most often report significant positive health and behavioral benefits.

One parent or guardian must agree to be the child’s caregiver, submit two fingerprint cards and pass a 10 year background check with no felonies, a photo, AZ ID, and a completed caregiver application along with 200 dollars to AZDHS.

The child under 18 needs two physician certifications completed by separate doctors, a completed patient application, photo, and $150 (or $75 if on food stamps) application fee. The state health department will issue a patient card to the child and a caregiver card to the parent or guardian linking them both through the medical marijuana program.

Most Arizona physicians are reluctant to complete the required physician certification forms requiring the parents pay for two separate doctor appointments with a doctor who will complete the required form.

Fingerprint cards can cost 5-100 dollars depending on where the parents obtain the cards.

Some of the reasons parents choose medical marijuana for their child is: It is a natural option to toxic drugs, fewer doses are needed, a decrease in negative side effects, symptoms, behaviors, and improved overall health.

Parents are treating their child for autism, behavior disorders of ADD, ADHD, bipolar, PTSD, traumatic brain injury, tumors, cancer, seizures, loss of appetite, eye disorders, skin growths and severe burns, and diabetes, to name a few. Different parts of the cannabis plant treat different conditions.

Kathy Inman the Director of MOM Force AZ a nonprofit states in her booklet, “Understanding Cannabis” that one in five children in America are prescribed some sort of daily medication. We lose ten kids in our state every month to pharmaceutical overdose.

In a perfect world there would be no disease. In this day and time illnesses that use to affect only older adults are now affecting our children.

As the mother of a son with a traumatic brain injury since age 16, marijuana has been a curse and a blessing. A curse when it was illegal and my son was in court annually for a small amount of personal use, and a blessing the past five years when it has been legal for him to use as a medicine. Marijuana improves his quality of day and life. Without a little medical marijuana in his day makes life unbearable for all of us. Thank you voters for the opportunity to use marijuana as a medicine.

There are parents of children who use medical cannabis forming support groups across America. Regina Nelson, PhD. is the Director of, “Children of Cannabis Network”, Parents 4 Pot, and Texas Mamma, are just a tip of the iceberg. Use those names with .org and research progress in children using cannabis.

Use your search engine for research with key words like: medical cannabis and autism, or seizures, or any illness you want more information on. You will also find supporting Science on these topics and testimonies by many parents. What is lacking is medical double blind studies. Like aspirin the FDA could grandfather marijuana into the system without studies.

This article is not intended to give or replace medical advice from a licensed physician. If you would like help obtaining a minor medical marijuana card or talk with a doctor regarding your children please contact us at MJ Consulting LLC.

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