Chronic Pain, Opioids, & Senior Citizens
For many who live with chronic pain, the condition can be exceedingly debilitating. Chronic pain may impact health, mood and quality of life. While there are treatment options, Western medicine puts an emphasis on pharmaceutical medicines as a primary option. As we are likely all aware, opioids have addictive properties that are impactful to mood, hunger, and health, among other things.
A recent study by DrugAbuse.gov states that 115 people die each day due to opioid overdose, which includes doctor prescribed pain killers. In 2015 alone, 33,000 Americans died from an opioid overdose. As of late, many government and research articles and studies have been released stating that our national is in an “Opioid Overdose Crisis”. These have shown that:
- 20-30% of patients prescribed opioids for pain abuse them
- 10% of patients acquire an opioid-related disorder
- 80% of those who use heroin, started with an opioid prescription
- Overdose of opioids raised 30% between Summers of 2016 & 2017, while the midwest specifically saw a 70% increase during the same time.
Last year medical professionals and pharmaceutical companies came together to try to find a solution to combat these rising rates. One particular institution, The National Institutes of Health, is focusing on three major points to reduce these rates:
- Safe, non-addictive ways to relieve chronic pain
- New, innovative technologies to treat opioid-treated issues
- Improve preventions for overdose
One new, innovative, and non-addictive way to help with chronic pain is cannabis. The European Journal of Internal Medicine conducted a study with over 2,700 participants earlier this year that found that cannabis is a safe and effective treatment for the elderly that suffer from chronic pain. Additionally, those over 65-years-old with PTSD, ulcerative colitis, cancer symptoms, Crohn’s Disease, and other chronic pain issues saw improvement. 70% or more of these patients tested reported improvement in their symptoms and quality of life through various means of cannabis consumption, whether smoking or ingesting and applying cannabis-oils.
"While older patients represent a large and growing population of medical cannabis users, few studies have addressed how it affects this particular group, which also suffers from dementia, frequent falls, mobility problems, and hearing and visual impairments," says Prof. Victor Novack, M.D., a professor of medicine in the BGU Faculty of Health Sciences (FOHS), and head of the Soroka Cannabis Clinical Research Institute. Novack is also the BGU Gussie Krupp Chair in Internal Medicine.
"After monitoring patients 65 and older for six months, we found medical cannabis treatment significantly relieves pain and improves quality of life for seniors with minimal side effects reported.” - Prof. Victor Novack, MD Science Daily
As a medical dispensary, Standing Akimbo strives to bring you the highest quality, small batch and properly cured cannabis products. We offer flower, concentrates, oils, salves, tinctures, topicals, edibles, and many others. If you’re looking for help with your chronic pain, reach out to us and our knowledgable staff can point you in a direction that works best for you!
We recently began offering a 20% Senior Discount, so let us know if we can help!