A new study published in the European Journal of Internal Medicine found that the elderly can enjoy cannabis without fear of adverse effects. The study involved nearly 3,000 patients over the age of 65 who were tested on outcomes like pain intensity, quality of life and adverse events. Before starting use, patients had an average pain level of eight on a scale of one to 10. Six months later, the patients reported on their experiences with cannabis, which included the following:
- 93.7 percent reported improvement in their condition
- 18.1 percent either stopped or reduced their use of opioid painkillers
- Pain levels dropped from an average of eight all the way down to four
"Our study finds that the therapeutic use of cannabis is safe and efficacious in the elderly population," the researchers concluded. "Cannabis use may decrease the use of other prescription medicines, including opioids."
And yes, this marks yet another study that connects cannabis use with a decrease in opioid use.