Cannabis gets a back rep from those recreational couch locked nights. Not all cannabis gives you that slow motion, sleepy, and mindless feeling, and would you be surprised to hear that it may actually be used as a cognitive aid. More recently there has been an increase in older adults and elderly individuals using cannabis for a plethora of health issues from insomnia, joint pain, and inflammation, to the behavioral issues brought on by dementia. Research has just begun to dive into the use of cannabis for cognitive impairments. What we have seen is a large shift in the use of cannabis for clarity, focus, and productivity.
CANNABIS & FOCUS
Is cannabis your new study and work buddy? Microdosing your cannabis to enhance your focus and productivity just may be your motivation to get through the stack of work on your desk. Studies have shown that microdosing cannabis (especially sativa dominant strains) can boost your energy and focus. Finding the right strain and microdosing schedule to avoid getting too “high” during the day is important to using cannabis for focus and mental clarity. Start low and go slow as you find the sweet spot since we’ve heard “the new buzz is no buzz”. As cannabis has been used as an alternative to harsh pharmaceuticals, it can also be used by any individual looking for an extra boost.
CANNABIS & AGE RELATED COGNITIVE IMPAIRMENTS
Individuals who are weary of cannabis question how something that can make you feel cognitively impaired, be helpful to an individual or not have long term cognitive damage? A study revealed that cannabis did not have a long term effect in cognition in older patients using cannabis for pain. Studies like these are the first steps towards normalizing, extending research, and moving away from pharmaceuticals to cannabis for these ailments. Research has also been done in regards to using cannabis on dementia patients. It has already been promising for use on behavioral issues associated with dementia. Dementia directly affects the CB1 receptors, studies have revealed that cannabis may be a possible future treatment for dementia because of this correlation.