The Pot Paradox: More Good and Bad News About Marijuana


It remains to be seen just how mainstream marijuana might go in Canada now that it’s fully legalized. The number of users over 65 is expected to rise as the list gets longer of age-related ailments for which pot is said to help — it already includes Alzheimer’s, arthritis, glaucoma and Parkinson’s.

But rising the tide of older “tokers” may be a matter of risk versus reward.

For example, marijuana may be safer for pain management than more addictive prescription opioids but it can also interact with medications commonly prescribed as we age and cause side effects including changes to blood pressure.

And researchers continue to find pros and cons, as evidenced by two recent studies.

The Good News

With medical marijuana now legal in 33 U.S. states, scientists looked at the impact on residents in those jurisdictions and found improved health and productivity

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