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Terry Roycroft, the head of Vancouver-based Medical Cannabis Resource Centre Inc, a private organization that provides guidance on medical use of cannabis, has been speaking to seniors for several years about cannabis. But what he’s seeing now is care homes and seniors centres proactively reaching out and requesting information sessions.

“A lot of these seniors went through the flower power, the ‘60s, and so they’re familiar with cannabis. But only in the old forms, the weak products that were available back then.”

There’s a lot more to know, like the difference between delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD), the effects of indica vs sativa, and the benefits of delivery methods such as smoking, vaping and ingesting. There are also considerations around possible interactions between cannabinoids and prescription drugs.

Roycroft has found most seniors want to know about how to administer cannabis.

“Nobody really wants to be smoking old-school joints. For people that want to smoke, we really recommend vaping … it’s so much more under the radar, it doesn’t smell as strong and it’s easy to smoke and microdose.”

While inhaling cannabis produces an almost immediate effect, ingesting it produces a longer, strong effect that takes more time to kick-in.

B.C. Cannabis Stores warns that combining cannabis with medications can increase the overall effects, and that overusing it can lead to short- and long-term health effects. HealthLink B.C. recommends people talk to their healthcare providers about any personal or family history of mental health disorders before using cannabis.

Source: https://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/b-c-seniors-interest-in-cannabis-flaring-up-since-legalization

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