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