Dear Happy Doctor, I’m writing to you with a favor regarding my sick grandmother, who is 77 and has spinal deformation. One of her legs is more than an inch shorter than the other, which she never realized before. It’s too late for an operation and she can barely walk on account of the pain, which is severely affecting her independence. My question is whether she could use cannabis – and in what form? Just medicines with CBD? What about medical marihuana – which doctors can write prescriptions for it? My grandma has asthma so I’m not sure whether or not she could use a vaporizer.
While vaporizing cannabinoids leads to suppression of the inflammatory component of asthma and to bronchodilation, it is not necessarily the method of choice for non-smokers. Cannabis drops might be a more acceptable option for your grandmother, and can be more precisely dosed.
Cannabis drops should have a higher CBD content (ideally, at least 20%), and if they contain a smaller amount of THC (let’s say, 1–3%), they will not make your granny “high”. Over-the-counter “CBD oil” however usually contains a maximum of 10% CBD and is definitely not a cheap option.
For more severe pain, cannabis suppositories are better tolerated, including a higher THC content which helps suppress pain but does not induce any psychotropic effects.
Your Happy Doctor
Daniel Bárta, M.D. (38) a.k.a. “Happy Doctor CZ” is a general practitioner. After finishing his degree in medicine, he worked for several years as a doctor in Malta, Nepal, and the Philippines. In Malta, he took part in semi-official research on the effects of cannabis extract on leukemia cells, and has wide experience with patients who use cannabis as part of their treatment.
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