Cannabis Found to Benefit Older Adults, although Dry Mouth Can Be a Side Effect

Dry mouth is considered one of the few “minor effects” of the therapeutic use of cannabis, or marijuana, among older adults, according to a recent study published in the European Journal of Internal Medicine and reported in SFgate, a blog of the San Francisco Chronicle.

The new study, conducted by researchers from Hebrew University and the Ben Gurion University of Negrev in Israel, concluded that elderly patients could benefit from the use of marijuana, if you don’t mind dealing with dry mouth. The clinical data also shows that marijuana is not only efficacious, but safe.

The study covered 2,736 patients over the age of 65 who began using marijuana as a treatment for a variety of health problems, the most prominent being pain or cancer. After six months of treatment, 93.7% of them reported improvements in their conditions. Their pain levels dropped from a median of 8 on a 1-10 scale to a median of 4.

Furthermore, the study showed that the therapeutic use of cannabis reduced the patients use of opioids or stopped their use altogether.

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