Medical Cannabis: Facts vs. Fiction

When it comes to medical cannabis, there are a multitude of myths going around that many perceive as facts. Although it can be easy to buy into the myths, it’s important to know the facts in order to take advantage of some of the benefits that medical cannabis can have on those with an array of illnesses. According to Healthline, Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia are slowly beginning to be recognized as a medical condition which medical cannabis is allowed to be used for. This can be good news for many suffering from the disease, as some effects of the drug may help to alleviate symptoms. “Because there are so few ways to help those with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, we want to find any possible options to alleviate symptoms,” says Jimmie Fay Griffin, Executive Director at YourLife™ of Tallahassee, a Memory Care Assisted Living community in Tallahassee, Florida. “While many times we try to provide a holistic approach to care, sometimes medications are necessary to provide comfort and manage a range of behaviors. If medical cannabis can provide relief to those with dementia, why wouldn’t we try to help? Once we understand the facts about medical cannabis, we can put preconceived notions aside and consider the benefits while evaluating what does or doesn’t work to help enhance and enrich their lives in spite of the disease.”

Exposing the Facts Associated with Medical Cannabis

  • It’s a treatment for Alzheimer’s disease. Unfortunately, there are no treatments for Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia. Medical cannabis can, in fact, help with improving appetite, increasing activity levels, managing negative behaviors and other mental health issues and even improving sleep.
  • There are no negative effects of medical cannabis. According to the U.S. News and World Reportthere may be some negative effects to consider prior to trying medical cannabis. In the article it states that dizziness, increased heart rate and low blood pressure can all be side effects, however, it varies from person to person.
  • Smoking is the only way to use medical cannabis. Many people think this, and it’s easy to understand why, however, there are a variety of ways it can be used. It can be taken in capsules, consumed in food or tea or inhaled in vapors, according to Harvard Health.

It’s important to realize that research about using medical cannabis for those with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia is limited, making it harder to evaluate the effects or advantages, however, talking to your loved one’s doctor may help to provide more insight and information in your loved one’s case. For more information about dementia, or to attend a support group where we can help debunk other myths associated with memory care treatments and approaches, contact the team at YourLife™ of Tallahassee. We would be happy to provide you with proven tips and support so you can help your loved one as much as possible. Give us a call today at 850-250-5671.

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If someone you love is living with memory loss, you want the very best for them. You’ll find it at YourLife™ of Tallahassee. Because Memory Care is all that we do, we have the unique ability to focus all our energy, attention and resources into creating an environment that caters to each resident’s needs, preferences and abilities while providing unequaled peace of mind and support for families. We see each resident as an individual because we understand that each resident has their own story. Using this idea, we develop personally inspired care plans that value and support each person’s independence while creating beautiful days. No matter how much care they need, our team of attentive, caring YourLife™ Personal Care Specialists can provide assistance with all activities of daily living while providing reminders, guidance, support and cues. Even better, residents and their families experience true peace of mind knowing that expert care is on site 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Our personal touch doesn’t stop at our care. In fact, it’s only just the beginning. We create days that leave residents feeling Inspired. Engaged. Fulfilled through our signature programming, YourStory. With individual experiences centered around each resident, engaging outings, services and amenities, activities, dining and more, we create opportunities to learn and pursue new endeavors. At YourLife™ of Tallahassee, everything was designed for you, but it is defined by you, creating a lifestyle that makes every day a joy. Contact us to learn more! Call us at ​850-250-5671 for more information or to schedule a personal visit today.