The United States is a leader in the development of cannabis and its accessibility to patients. Many seniors are using CBD against chronic pain, and are making it known.
The use of cannabis for medical purposes has increased considerably in recent years and, with the aging of the population, CBD is increasingly used by older people.
In this study, the researchers aimed to assess the characteristics of elderly people using CBD for medical purposes and to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of the treatment.
Available here, this evaluation was carried out over 2 years, on nearly 3000 patients.
It includes all patients over 65 years of age who received CBD for medical purposes from January 2015 to October 2017 in a clinic specializing in this field and who wish to complete the initial questionnaire.
Results were assessed on pain intensity, quality of life and adverse events at six months.
During the study period, 2736 patients over 65 years of age started CBD treatment and completed the initial questionnaire. The average age was 74.5 ± 7.5 years.
The most common indications for CBD treatment were a pain (66.6%) and cancer (60.8%).
After six months of treatment, 93.7% of respondents reported an improvement in their condition and the reported level of pain was reduced from a median of 8 on a scale of 0 to 10 to a median of 4.
After six months, 18.1% stopped taking opioid analgesics or reduced their dose.
The most frequent adverse reactions were dry mouth (7.1%).
Our study shows that the therapeutic use of CBD is safe and effective for pain in the elderly. CBD use can reduce the use of other prescription drugs, including opioids. CBD is effective for seniors against chronic pain
It is imperative to collect more evidence, including data from double-blind randomized controlled clinical trials, in this specific age group.