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Talking With Your Parents about Cannabis

Cannabis has been a hot topic for decades. Prop 215, which made use of cannabis for medicinal purposes in California legal, was passed in 1996. The camps for use tout the benefits that have been known for thousands of years. While the camps against, tout the negative consequences that have been spread for the past 80. Separating fact from fiction can be daunting.

Many families and caregivers are asking about cannabis for their loved ones, but know very little about its true medicinal properties or how to go about obtaining and using it. With Prop 64– which makes cannabis for recreational use legal for adults in California– coming online in 2018, it will be even more important than ever that seniors who wish to explore using cannabis medicinally are armed with accurate and responsible information.

Why Talking about Cannabis Matters

Cannabis is a natural plant remedy that has been used around the world bringing relief to humans for hundreds of conditions. In the United States, a growing number of people over 50 are thinking about exploring medicinal cannabis as an alternative option for pain, sleep, arthritis, stress, anxiety, neuropathy, fibromyalgia, cancer, end of life comfort or any other number of medical issues.

In the late 1980’s, scientists discovered the human body’s natural endocannabinoid system (ECS), a system that regulates and affects physiological processes including movement, mood, memory, appetite and pain. The ECS is what makes cannabis effective for so many conditions. The therapeutic use of cannabis is supported by 30,000 plus published studies on the ECS and more than 9,000 patient years of clinical trial data documenting successful use of cannabis for pain.

Many seniors have either never used cannabis, or are coming back to it for the first time in 20 or more years. It’s a different world from the 40,s , 50’s, 60’s, 70’s and even 80’s when your parents may have last used cannabis, if ever. Contrary to popular belief, smoking the herb, or flower as it is now commonly called, is not the only option. Today we are seeing more and more people using cannabis in ways it has been used for thousands of years before.

The reality is that much like the population of the nation, the majority of those who use cannabis are over 50, but most are in the closet because of the stigma. It’s okay to drink alcohol or take dangerous pharmaceuticals, but as a society, there is still a very negative attitude toward cannabis. The good news is that perceptions are beginning to change. Be part of the evolution of medicinal cannabis users by taking steps to educate yourself.

Cannabis Implementation Plan

Learn more about the facts and best practices for implementing medicinal cannabis in an informed, safe and effective manner. Download the pamphlet today –>Talking With Your Parents About Cannabis

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How Medical Marijuana Could Help Baby Boomers

As a collective that caters to the Baby Boomers, we have been echoing the same sentiments in this article for years. We have seen first-hand time and time again what a life changer Medical Cannabis can be for a more mature population. Click below for a full article explaining how seniors across the U.S. are benefiting. Click here for the full article.

RX-C to Exhibit at Successful Aging Expo

Visit RX-C at the Successful Aging Expo on Saturday October 8 from 9am-4pm at the Town & Country Resort and Convention Center in San Diego. Find us in Booth #412.

We’re pleased to be able to participate in a mainstream event where we’ll be educating attendees on the properties and value of cannabis as a viable medicinal regime. In addition, we’re proud to announce our first book “The One Minute Cannabist” will be unveiled at this venue. This is a nice opportunity to introduce your family or friends to our collective.

For more information on this FREE expo, visit http://sd.sandiegouniontribune.com/aging-expo/

Medical Cannabis: A Viable Option for Baby Boomers

A growing number of people over 50 throughout California are discovering or thinking about exploring medicinal cannabis as a viable option for pain, sleep, arthritis, stress, neuropathy, fibromyalgia, cancer or any other number of medical issues.

Many have either never used cannabis, or are coming back to it for the first time in 20 or more years. It’s a different world from the 60’s, 70’s and even 80’s when many seniors may have last used cannabis, which was probably mostly recreational in nature.

While medicinal cannabis has been legal in California for two decades, it has been largely unregulated and very often associated with street drug dealers who operate “pot shops” making it challenging to navigate the landscape for a location which is staffed with knowledgeable, professional and caring staff. In addition, the stigma of cannabis use is largely associated with “stoners”, deadbeats and potheads. The reality is that much like the population of California, the majority of those who use cannabis are over 50, but most are in the closet because of the stigma. It’s okay to drink alcohol or pop pills, but as a society, there is still a very negative attitude toward cannabis. The good news is that perceptions are changing.

Up until the 1940s when cannabis was made fully illegal and removed from the US Pharmacopeia, it was among the top three prescribed remedies, administered primarily in a tincture form. When cannabis was made illegal primarily for reasons of greed and politics, the American Medical Association was blindsided and eventually forced to find other remedies for the hundreds of maladies for which cannabis has been previously prescribed to treat.

Today, baby boomers looking to re-engage or explore the world of medical cannabis for the first time in their life, face unique challenges. Not the least of which is to find a dispensary that is reputable, educated, offers quality products and, most importantly, has a patient and caring staff. The dispensary your kids or grandkids use, may not be the best choice. Here are a few areas to consider when choosing a dispensary:

Location, Location, Location
First and foremost, the location should be safe, clean, professional and easy to access. If you have to enter through the back alley or are not being greeted in a professional and responsible manner, this may not be the best place to obtain medicinal cannabis.

Knowledge and Experience of the Staff
If you are looking to get a good night’s sleep or alleviate chronic pain, having someone in their early twenties describe a product as being “dank” may not be the type of advice you need. Having someone explain the various therapies (smoking is not the only option today), provide guidance about products that have worked for others with similar conditions/complaints, best practices for using the products, as well as proper and clear dosing guidance is paramount to helping you achieve the results you seek.

Product Quality and Labeling
Where are the products coming from? How and where is the cannabis grown? Where is it grown? Do the owners of the dispensary have personal relationships with the growers? Is it organically grown without pesticides or chemical fertilizers? Are packaged products, such as edibles or tinctures, wrapped professionally and properly labeled? At the very least, there should be a brand, product name, lab results, cannabinoid ratios and ingredients. If edible, nutritional information should also be listed.

Bringing Along a Friend or Family Member
Make sure you are able to bring a trusted family member or friend with you. From the first visit to the doctor who recommends cannabis to a visit to your first dispensary, the information can be overwhelming. As you navigate this new world, it’s important to have some extra guidance and someone to act as a sounding board. Bringing along a family member or a trusted friend can help you better understand the various therapies and products.

Education and Social Programs
Find out if ancillary programs such as consulting, workshops or general sharing of information among its member base is available to you.

Learning about the new therapies, techniques, selecting the best products within a person’s comfort zone, and dosing is key to achieving desired results. All of this requires guidance from those who are experienced in these areas and who know how to communicate clearly with the baby boomer generation. Take the time to research, read reviews and ask questions before choosing a dispensary. It may take a few visits, but you’ll find the place that is best for you.

Our trained Member Consultants are here to assist you.
Please contact us with any questions or to schedule a consult today.

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Monterey County seniors finding pain relief in medical marijuana

The pain relief benefits of cannabis are constantly being rediscovered. We help seniors looking for pain relief without pharmaceuticals everyday and it is exciting to see the trend continue as shown in this story. Read more here.