Medical marijuana eases pain to over 90% of elderly patients

Published: February 13, 2018
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Cannabis also helps nearly 20% to stop taking painkillers as well. PHOTO: AFP

Cannabis also helps nearly 20% to stop taking painkillers as well. PHOTO: AFP

Medical marijuana helps decrease 90% of the pain for elderly patients, a new research revealed.

According to the Israeli study, over 65 are suffering from discomfort while 93.7% report an improvement after taking marijuana for six months.

Cannabis hits to 19% of opioid users to stop taking painkillers as well, the study found.

California, Washington, Alaska, Oregon and Colorado have legalised the use of marijuana for medical reasons.

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Opioid, which usually makes the addicts experiment on illegal substances like heroin, have resulted in more deaths by accidental overdose than any drug in US history.

The researchers wrote: ‘The therapeutic use of cannabis is safe and efficacious in the elderly population. Cannabis use may decrease the use of other prescription medicines, including opioids.”

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When it comes about side effects disclose some 9.7% of elderly people using marijuana face dizziness while 7% complain of dry mouth.

The findings were published in the European Journal of Internal Medicine.

The researchers, conducted by the Ben-Gurion University of the Negav, analysed 2,736 participants over 65 through questionnaires about their pain intensity and quality of life after six months of cannabis use.

Around 66% of the participants were using marijuana for pain while 61% took the class-C drug for cancer.
This article originally appeared on Daily Mail

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