Cannabis Relieved Chronic Pain and Reduced Opioid Use in Elderly

A PPM Brief

Elderly patients suffering from chronic pain conditions such as those associated with cancer may seek medical cannabis treatment. Findings published in the European Journal of Internal Medicine1 indicated that medical cannabis usage among patients 65 years and older significantly improved their chronic pain and overall quality of life.

“There is a substantial growth in the use of medical cannabis in recent years, and with the aging of the population, medical cannabis is increasingly used by the elderly,” the study authors wrote. “We aimed to assess the characteristics of elderly people using medical cannabis and to evaluate the safety and efficacy of the treatment.”

The prospective study looked at patients over 65  years of age who received medical cannabis between January 2015 and October 2017 from a specialized medical cannabis clinic,

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