Study finds medical cannabis does not cause cognitive decline in seniorsPosted by On

A new study conducted at Haifa University’s School of Public Health has found no evidence of cognitive decline in senior citizens who regularly smoke medical cannabis to treat chronic pain. 
Chronic pain affects 19%-37% of the adult population worldwide and medical cannabis has, in recent years, been raised by patients and researchers alike as a “highly effective” possible treatment.

According to the researchers however, most studies done to date have mainly examined the effect of cannabis use on cognitive function in young people.

“Previous studies have shown that medical cannabis can have long-term effects on the brain when consumed at a young age, but this is not necessarily the same effect when consumed in old age,”  said Dr. Sharon Sznitman and Dr. Galit Weinstein, two of the researchers who conducted the study.

“Our study is the first step in a more accurate assessment of the risk versus benefit of cannabis treatment in this population,” the researchers…

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