Senior citizens make up one of the fastest-growing demographics of cannabis consumers. Unfortunately, seniors are often uneducated about the advances in marijuana over the last few decades. So instead of creating a podcast or YouTube video, a team of cannabis professionals have joined with a senior living facility to bring higher learning to its residents and other interested people.
Infused-tablet company Stratos and medical-marijuana evaluation clinic Holos Health have been hosting a series of Cannabis 101 classes at Balfour Senior Living residences, traveling to the Balfour facilities in Louisville and Denver to teach senior citizens about how cannabis can help their age-related ailments.
“We all know about the munchies,” Dr. Joe Cohen told the crowd as they settled in at Balfour at Riverfront Park on August 18. “We are wired for this plant. It’s the most therapeutic drug known to man.”
Cohen and representatives from Stratos told the crowd about new ways to ingest cannabis, such as vaporizing and innovative edible products, showing them how much easier it is to dose with five- or ten-milligram edibles compared to a joint off the street.
Sara Suter, a quadriplegic who suffers from spinal cord neuropathy, rotator cuff pain and tendonitis, has been living at Balfour for nearly two years. She’d been using only Tylenol for body pain, abstaining from opioids to the point of not being able to pronounce the word. Although she’d tried medical marijuana over five years ago, she says she received virtually no guidance from her recommending physician and was forced to experiment with edibles and hash-oil vaporizers. Finally, she found something that works.
“Now that I’ve been taking this cannabis in the pill, it relaxes me,” she says. “Then I got this vapor cigarette, and I wasn’t sure what I was doing with that – if I was getting a big