Seniors study aims to find out if medical cannabis can ease common ailments of aging

Pilot study of long-term care residents tests therapeutic effects of cannabidiol on seniors

Mike Walker can no longer have a simple conversation with his wife.

It was just four years ago, at the young age of 52, when Karen was originally diagnosed with dementia. She no longer speaks, and also suffers from agitation and physical outbursts with aggression, which can be common with the disease.

“You just can’t give up on somebody, you gotta try whatever means that are out there,” Mike says.

Karen has been in a long-term care facility for almost a year, and she’s now part of a study by Canopy Growth and the Ontario Long Term Care Association. She is taking 20 milligrams of cannabidiol (CBD) oil twice a day, and Mike believes he has seen her level of agitation improve.

by Jennifer Barr · CBC News

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