BGU research: Medical cannabis highly effective in elderly patients

Medical cannabis therapies can significantly cut chronic pain in patients over 65 years of age without adverse effects, according to researchers at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and the Cannabis Clinical Research Institute at Soroka University Medical Center in Beersheba.

A new study, published in the European Journal of Internal Medicine, found that the therapeutic use of marijuana is safe and efficacious for elderly patients who need relief from chronic pain due to cancer, Parkinson’s disease, post-traumatic stress disorder, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, multiple sclerosis and other disorders.

“While older patients represent a large and growing population of medical cannabis users, few studies have addressed how it affects this particular group, which also suffers from dementia, frequent falls, mobility problems, and hearing and visual impairments,” said internal medicine Prof. Victor Novack of BGU’s Faculty of Health Sciences and head of the Soroka institute.

“After monitoring patients 65 and older for six months, we

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