AMHERST, N.Y. — Some seniors are trading their opioids and other medications for medical marijuana and seeing positive results, according to a recent study by researchers at DENT Neurologic Institute’s cannabis clinic.
Dr. Laszlo Mechtler and his team focused on 204 patients with chronic diseases. All were between the ages of 75 and 102.
“This could be chronic arthritis, chronic headaches, chronic spine pain. These individuals are looking for treatment outside the world of opioids. Many of them are on opioids, and they want to come off and hope medical marijuana could help them in that treatment,” said Dr. Mechtler.
Dr. Mechtler said this isn’t about old people getting high. They’re seeking a better quality of life.
About 70% of those studied reported a significant increase in their quality of life after being prescribed medical marijuana, and more than 30% were able to get off of their opioid pain killers.
Dr. Mechtler used different forms