Older adults may benefit from cannabis treatment for various symptoms such as chronic pain, sleep difficulties, and others, that are not adequately controlled with evidence-based therapies.
According to Israeli Researcher, Cannabis should be used to help older adults with chronic pain, sleep difficulties, reduced appetite, nausea or post-traumatic stress disorder, as they find positive cannabis treatment results for older population.
In the new study, “Medical Cannabis for Older Patients—Treatment Protocol and Initial Results,” published in the Journal of Clinical Medicine, the researchers present their suggestions, developed in collaboration with NiaMedic Healthcare & Research Services Ltd.
“Since well-established and evaluated protocols for treatment of older adults with medical cannabis do not exist, we developed our own approach based on close follow-up of effects, adverse events, and slow introduction of THC oil, CBD oil or a combination,” Dr. Ran Abuhasira of the BGU Faculty of Health Sciences and Soroka’s Cannabis Clinical Research Institute said in a statement. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and Cannabidiol (CBD) are two components of the weed.”
The Times of Israel reported, In the paper, the researchers present a roadmap for evaluation of symptoms and the ways cannabis could potentially alleviate these symptoms. During the study period, 184 patients with a median age of 82 began cannabis treatment at a specialized geriatric clinic. After six months of treatment, 58.1% of the patients were still using cannabis.
The Research was Partially Funded by NiaMedic
This research was partially funded by NiaMedic, a medical data company offering healthcare, research and consultation services, and focusing on integrating medical cannabis treatment with conventional care in older adults. NiaMedic had no influence on the data collection, analysis or manuscript preparation, the researchers said in the statement.