Medical Marijuana 101 for the Middle Aged

Medical Marijuana 101 for the Middle Aged

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention released a report that shows that middle-aged americans are now more likely to use marijuana than their teenage children.  ew federal data

The leading cause of addiction in middle-aged Americans is the availability of prescription medications. As people age, they tend to be more prone to injuries and health issues that may require a prescription medication to treat. While these drugs are incredibly effective, they also carry a high risk for dependency.

For this reason, many of my middle aged friends are turning to marijuana as a medical alternative to prescriptive medication.

Many of my middle-aged friends, who were not the experimental type in their younger years, are now coming to me for marijuana advice. This makes me want to jump up and down with joy. Finally, something I learned in college will provide some practical use for humanity. Actually, I have been using medical marijuana for many years to control my Crohn’s disease pain. I also have found it very helpful for PMS, migraines, insomnia, and depression.

This experience has led me to develop a list of must “knows” for all my “newbie middle aged med heads.”

1. You Don’t Have to Smoke it

The world of marijuana has come a long way and there are so many wonderful alternatives to smoking. Recently, I read an article about marijuana gum that is all the rage.

Medical Marijuana Cookie

Medical Marijuana Cookie

Many shops also have homemade edibles that include cookies, caramel chewies, and lolly pops. There are also oils and tinctures. I must spread a special caution with edibles. “Do not consume an edible that doesn’t specify the active concentration.” If you have never tried edibles before, be very careful. It is different than smoking. The active constituents stay in your system much longer than inhalation through smoke. I’ve had some very freaky moments where I ingested a lot of pot cookies. I had no way of knowing my dosage of THC. This resulted in many hours of intense internal dialogue.

My suggestion is to try the lowest concentration first and only consume a small amount. Wait an hour. If you are not feeling the medicinal effects, try a little bit more.

2. Find a Good Provider

Go to a dispensary or shop that has a warm welcoming environment.

Medical Marijuana Shop in Eugene Oregon

The shop should be focused on customer service. You may pay a little more, but it’s worth it in the long run. Find a place where you are comfortable asking beginner questions and they are skilled at answering these questions. There is nothing wrong with being a first timer. Don’t be afraid to walk into a marijuana shop by yourself. Ask lots of questions. There are no stupid questions. Be very specific about your medical condition. Ask the shop owners for their advice on what strain or product you should be using. They are the experts. Find a provider that you trust and that you feel comfortable with.

3. It’s Not Chemically Addictive

I don’t care what the counter- culture might suggest. I have spent many years smoking pot and I have spent many years not smoking pot. I don’t crave it and I don’t need it. On the flip side, anything, including marijuana, can be addictive with the right addictive personality. This is not a chemical addiction. These personalities will find an addiction. These addictions can range from seemingly benign things such as food or social media.

Oh yeah, Marijuana is not a gateway drug. Prescription opioids have taken over that glorious distinction and can often lead to heroine addiction.

4. Buy Quality Products

If you choose to smoke marijuana, you will need a device for smoking. You are a middle aged yuppie, you deserve a nice vaporizer. Think of all the things you buy for yourself, a $200 vaporizer that you use for your health is not going to break the bank. Go to a smoke shop or buy one online. One of the best purchases I ever made was to buy a quality vaporizer. It’s very discreet and efficient.

Why not try Medical Marijuana

Medical conditions, aches, pains, and aging are something my middle aged friends cannot escape. But you have a choice. You don’t have to join the middle-aged prescription drug addicted masses. Why not give medical marijuana a try. You have nothing to lose! If you have any questions, I would love to answer them.

 

 

About Melissa Schaar

I am a scientist, teacher, student, friend, and mom. I am on a journey to my ultimate vitality. That journey includes living to the fullest, loving everyday, laughing whenever possible, and a constant state of learning.

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