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Resources and ideas for reporting on older adults’ use of marijuana

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Photo: THC Photos via Flickr

More than two-thirds of states (plus the District of Columbia and several territories) have legalized marijuana for medical or recreational use.

But when it comes to its use by older adults, there are just as many questions as answers. Continue reading

Medical marijuana’s popularity growing among seniors

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There are plenty of stories about older adults increasingly turning to medical marijuana to combat various ailments — from pain relief to Parkinson’s disease. A recent preliminary retrospective study found that it may be a safe and effective alternative to opioids.

Researchers from the Dent Neurological Institute in Buffalo, N.Y., found that more than two-thirds of study participants experienced at least some relief from pain. However, only one-third of them also reduced their use of opioids. Continue reading

Study explores medical marijuana as opioid alternative for older adults

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U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions wants to crack down on medical marijuana. He was soundly rebuked by Congress last year, which provided no funding for his plan. That’s good news for older adults, who are among the fastest growing cohort of users.

They increasingly are turning to medical marijuana to manage a range of conditions, from cancer and Parkinson’s disease to chronic pain. A recent study published in The European Journal of Internal Medicine found that cannabis therapy is safe and effective for elderly patients who are seeking to address these and other medical issues. Continue reading

Learn the latest on medical cannabis research at #AHCJ18

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Ever since the passage of the Controlled Substances Act in 1970, federal policy has held that marijuana has no accepted medical use and is a dangerous drug in the category of heroin and LSD. Yet, as 29 states have approved marijuana for medical use and nine passed laws allowing for adult recreational use, modern medical marijuana clinical trials have unfolded in the United States, forging new frontiers in cannabis research.

Today’s research, as well as the thriving legal marijuana economy, is largely the result of a medical cannabis movement born in the AIDS epidemic and the suffering of young gay men, many of whom turned to cannabis to try to curb wrenching symptoms of wasting syndrome starving them to skeletal forms. Continue reading

Surgeon general responds to journalists on range of public health issues #AHCJ16

Following his prepared remarks at Health Journalism 2016, United States Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy, M.D., M.B.A., (@Surgeon_General) answered some questions from journalists about opioids, alcohol, marijuana, mental health, gun violence, the relationship between science and public policy, and more.