Study advises healthcare professionals to screen over-50s for cannabis use

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For their part, “all older people who take cannabis should consult healthcare professionals about their use,” Choi recommends. Healthcare professionals should engage older adults in cannabis discussions given that some people are using weed to self-treat different conditions without first seeking medical input or advice, suggests a new U.S. study. That means many older adults are getting their cannabis and cannabis products from unregulated sources. That said, “some medical users are likely to self-treat without healthcare professional consultation,” they note, recommending that those professionals engage older adults in discussions about cannabis use and behavioural health needs. About 20 per cent of those using cannabis for health reasons buy it at medical weed dispensaries compared to just five per cent of recreational users, notes a statement detailing study results.

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Healthcare professionals should engage older adults in cannabis discussions given that some people are using weed to self-treat different conditions without first seeking medical input or advice, suggests a new U.S. study.

Published online this week in the American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, investigators from the University of Texas at Austin explored the health-related characteristics, cannabis use patterns and marijuana sources of medical and non-medical weed users 50 and older.

The initial thought was medical users are more likely than non-medical...

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