Q&A: Elders in Colorado study used marijuana for pain, anxiety, depression

Q: What are the conclusions that can be drawn from your study’s findings?

A: The data from this study was obtained close to two years ago, but it showed that a significant percentage of our senior clinic patients used marijuana products for different health problems and symptoms. Most patients did not experience side effects but then many of those patients only used CBD and not THC containing products. Many patients found use of marijuana products effective for pain. This was just a survey, so drawing conclusions about the benefits of marijuana use are limited. 

(THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, and CBD, or cannabidiol, are among the over 100 chemical compounds in the cannabis plant. THC is the one that is most potently psychoactive, the one that gets a user high. CBD  is a nonintoxicating compound from cannabis used to treat epilepsy and seizures, pain and inflammation, anxiety, Crohn’s disease, opioid withdrawal and other conditions.)

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