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What to know about medical marijuana

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Across the country, the number of states legalizing medical cannabis, also known as medical marijuana, continues to rise.

That means in those states, patients can be prescribed medical-grade marijuana by a doctor for a number of health concerns. For instance, older adults are using medical marijuana for conditions such as cancer, fibromyalgia, symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia, Parkinson’s Disease, epilepsy, chronic pain, glaucoma, appetite loss, pain management and more.

However, state laws differ on what conditions can be legally treated with medical marijuana.

There are many forms of medical marijuana available, including smoking the leaves, inhaling a vaporized spray, topicals and eating marijuana-infused products, among others.

Potency varies by strain and form and are prescribed according to the patient’s issues.

Patients should consult with a doctor about using medical marijuana.

Navigating the world of medical marijuana can be confusing. Organizations such as Elderwerks Educational Services can help. The organization offers education on must-know topics such as medical marijuana, and has a friends and family newsletter which provides up to date information on new research, resources, and other items of interest to older adults and their caregivers.

The Elderwerks team members are experts in supporting seniors, families and professionals with education, information and referrals on senior housing options, care, support services and benefits. Elderwerks complimentary services are available to anyone needing help on senior related issues. For more information, visit Elderwerks.org or email help@elderwerks.com.

Elderwerks Educational Services : 251 E. Northwest Highway, Palatine, IL 60067: 855.462.0100 : https://www.elderwerks.org/

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