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The benefits of medicinal cannabis (MC) have clear implications for patients near end-of-life (EOL). However, little is known about how terminal patients engage medical cannabis relative to supportive care.
More individuals are using medical cannabis, but the increase appears to be more pronounced among seniors, new research suggests.Read more here
People who use medical marijuana are less likely to be 'aging hippies” trying to get high than people wanting to avoid opioid addiction, according to Dr.
Older Veterans may experience injuries that result in chronic pain and mental health conditions. Given the increasing availability of medical cannabis, it is important to examine if it serves as a viable or undesirable form of care relative to existing approaches.
Although researchers have identified medications that relieve symptoms of multiple sclerosis (MS), none are entirely effective and some persons with multiple sclerosis (PwMS) use alternatives.
Access to recreational and medical marijuana is common in the United States, particularly in states with legalized use.
The objective of this study was to identify the most salient themes concerning the use of medical and recreational cannabis by older adults living in Colorado.
Recent efforts by Dr. Kaskie and his team have determined that a small but significant proportion of caregivers are providing cannabis to persons with dementia as a possible treatment for agitation, sleep disturbances and other problematic secondary symptoms and using for themselves as way to relieve stress.
In this chapter, Dr. Kaskie and Dr. Sidhu account the recent trends in cannabis use among persons over 50 and consider trends specific to those over 65.  See the chapter featured here
The use of medical cannabis by those over the age of 60 is positively associated with self-reported improvements in subjects’ health-related quality of life (HRQL), according to data published in the journal Clinical Gerontologist.
Iowa plans to seek an official exemption from federal marijuana prohibition in an effort to resolve policy conflicts impeding its limited medical cannabis program. Read more here
The number of patients in Iowa’s medical marijuana program fell by one-third during the COVID-19 pandemic because patients couldn’t see their doctors or go to driver’s license stations to get cannabidiol registration cards, officials said.
The Iowa Department of Public Health announced Thursday that it had offered dispensary licenses to groups in Iowa City and Council Bluffs. The new shops would replace dispensaries in Davenport and Council Bluffs, which closed earlier this year.
Dr. Brian Kaskie currently leads the Cannabis and Older Persons Study at the University of Iowa, where he is examining the increasing use of cannabis among older persons and evaluating the implications for opioid abuse and end of life care.
A bill that advanced Tuesday in the Iowa House of Representatives would expand some parts of Iowa’s medical cannabis program, but disagreement remains about the amount of THC, the chemical that can make cannabis users high, patients should be allo