Medical cannabis has been legal in Canada for over 20 years. However, with legalization the medicinal properties of the plant have become more mainstream. Seniors have become a new group of medical cannabis patients as they can find relief from specific cannabinoid treatments. The strength of evidence is growing daily and varies with respect to different conditions, but cannabis has been shown to have benefits in treating many different conditions that can affect seniors, including the following:

Cancer.

Medical cannabinoid therapy has been shown to alleviate the pain associated with some cancers as well as the nausea associated with chemotherapy and other treatments.

Chronic pain.

Cannabis has been shown to alleviate pain in cases where pharmaceutical interventions offer diminishing returns in pain management.

Clinical Research.

Other conditions where there is some evidence for cannabis’s benefit include eczema, epilepsy, depression, anxiety, and insomnia.