Study Shows Medical Cannabis Reduces Pain, Opioid Dependency in Elderly

After six months in medical cannabis treatment, elderly participants reported more than 90 percent reduction in pain. (File photo via Getty)
After six months in medical cannabis treatment, elderly participants reported more than 90 percent reduction in pain. (File photo via Getty)

A new study has found that medical marijuana is not only “safe,” but drastically reduces pain in elderly suffering from cancer and other ailments.

The study, conducted by the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel, evaluated 2736 elderly patients – above the age of 65  – who began cannabis treatment from Jan. 2015 to Oct. 2017.

It evaluated those elderly, whom 66.6 percent suffered from pain, while 60.8 percent from cancer.

More Than 90% Reduction in Pain

Before and after questionnaire, the participants reported a huge relief from pain.

“After six months of treatment, 93.7% of the respondents reported improvement in their condition,” it said. “And the reported pain level was reduced from a median of 8, on a scale of 0-10, to a median of 4.”

Their dependence on opioids – commonly used to relieve pain – also decreased, thanks to medical marijuana.

“After six months, 18.1% stopped using opioid analgesics or reduced their dose,” the study found. “Cannabis use may decrease the use of other prescription medicines, including opioids.”

In conclusion, the study considers the “therapeutic use of cannabis” as “safe and efficacious in the elderly population.”

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