In the past, cannabis has been most widely recognized for its popularity with the “young crowd”, and stereotypes of hippie youths with joints in their hands have permeated the media. But as the myriad of uses for cannabis continue to gain widespread attention around North America and the world, that supposed target audience is shifting and expanding.
As an April, 2017 Toronto Globe and Mail article points out, more and more seniors are turning to cannabis – often non-psychoactive CBD, but also THC – to treat general conditions and those that primarily afflict the elderly. The natural medicine has been widely heralded as a life-changing treatment for the pain prompted by conditions like osteo- and rheumatoid arthritis. In fact, a 2013 study suggests as many as two-thirds of Canada’s registered cannabis users are seeking relief from this debilitating disease.
In their article on the “fastest-growing demographic of cannabis users,” the Globe and Mail specifically recognizes Farmacy, and our manager Andrew Gill discusses the influx of senior customers, who flock to our well-lit, well-stocked dispensary from the numerous retirement homes in the vicinity. Farmacy is certainly a far cry from the drab, shady “pot shops” of yore.
Andrew estimates about half of Farmacy’s clients – if not more – are over the age of 55, and our dispensary has worked hard to provide a welcoming atmosphere that reinforces the legitimacy of our natural products. Acquisition of the city’s first cannabis dispensary business license further helps to show the eager citizens of Victoria that we’re here to help – and here to stay.
How Can Cannabis Help Seniors?
Cannabis flowers and extracts have repeatedly proven their usefulness in the treatment of a wide range of conditions, and many of these ailments are the kind that arise later in life. In addition to addressing the pain, inflammation, and stiffness caused by arthritis, cannabis can ease symptoms of osteoporosis, lessen eye pressure and other symptoms of glaucoma, and tackle fatigue common to many conditions.
Of course, cannabis has long been popular as a treatment for cancer pain, and the nausea and lack of appetite that stem from chemotherapy treatments. Cannabis has also shown great promise in treating multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, and Alzheimer’s.
It would be inaccurate to assume no cannabis patient over the age of 55 is seeking the psychoactive high offered by THC, but online dispensaries in Canada like Farmacy are certainly seeing increased interest in CBD-based products, which offer substantial relief from symptoms without the plant’s famous mental effects.
Both products high in THC, and those high in CBD, can be infinitely useful to individuals for whom pharmaceutical medications have repeatedly failed, or for those who simply seek a natural alternative.
Cannabis Products for Seniors
At Farmacy, there is no shortage of cannabis flowers, topicals, tinctures, and other concentrates. Most of our products can help people struggling with any of the conditions mentioned above. Tinctures like Medi Bloom: Daytime tackle inflammation and chronic pain; THC Capsules fight both these symptoms, as well as insomnia; Farmacy Infused creams can be topically applied to ease arthritis and other muscle and joint pain.
There is something in the Farmacy menu for every condition, and always someone on hand to help you find just the treatment you need. Visit Farmacy today, either in-store or online, to find an all-natural medication perfect for you.