The legalization of cannabis in many states has led to a growing interest in its potential health benefits, including among the elderly population. However, there is still a lot of misinformation and confusion about cannabis, particularly for those who are new to the substance.

Here are a few key points that the elderly should be aware of when it comes to using cannabis:

Different Forms of Cannabis: Cannabis can be consumed in several ways, including smoking, edibles, and topical products. Edibles and topical products can be a good alternative for those who do not want to inhale smoke, but they take longer to take effect and can be more potent. The various products that you may come across at a dispensary include:

  • Flower
  • Edibles
  • Vapes
  • Concentrates
  • Topicals
  • Tinctures

You can learn more about what each one is, how it’s consumed, other details at our Comprehensive Cannabis Products Guide.

Dosage: It’s important to start with a low dose, especially for the elderly, who may be more sensitive to the effects of cannabis. It’s also important to remember that edibles can take longer to take effect and can be more potent than other forms of cannabis. The medical marijuana professionals at ComCan Healthcare will work with you to provide you guidance towards a dosage that makes sense for you and your condition.

Possible Side Effects: Like any substance, cannabis can have side effects, including dry mouth, increased heart rate, and decreased coordination. It is also important to note that cannabis can interact with some medications, so it is always best to consult with a healthcare professional before using it.

Potential Benefits: Many seniors use cannabis for its potential health benefits, including pain relief, reduction in anxiety and depression, and improved sleep. However, more research is needed to fully understand the benefits and risks of using cannabis, especially for the elderly.

Legal Considerations: Medical marijuana is legal in the state of Florida, but please keep in mind that that also means that cannabis is not recreational in this state yet. Every state has their own laws and regulations, so we strongly recommend that you ask the team at ComCan Healthcare any questions you may have regarding traveling or general usage.

Cannabis is a complex substance, especially for the elderly. It is important for elders curious about medical marijuana assisting with their ailments to consult with professionals before getting their medical marijuana ID. Thankfully, the team at ComCan Healthcare is here to assist with any questions and concerns you may have. Our highly skilled staff and expert cannabis doctors are ready to help you take the first steps on your medical marijuana journey. Contact us today online or call us at 561.270.4040 to schedule your appointment today!