Managing symptoms such as pain, nausea, and psychiatric illness can be challenge for older asults. A new review published in Journal of the American Geriatrics Society highlights what's currently known about the indications and risks of medical marijuana use for older adults.
The review notes that medical marijuana appears useful for the treatment of pain (particularly neuropathic pain) and chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting. It has neuropsychiatric side effects but even when smoked, it does not appear to increase the risk for lung cancer.
Importantly, however, medical marijuana's positive and negative effects have not been thoroughly studied specifically in older adults.