Utilizing medical hashish doesn’t impair cognitive operate in middle-aged and aged folks, in keeping with a brand new examine from the Faculty of Public Well being on the College of Haifa.
The researchers discovered that cognitive operate– in areas similar to focus, reminiscence, and studying talents — of individuals over 50 taking medical hashish to alleviate power ache isn’t any totally different from that of friends who don’t use the therapeutic plant.
“A rising variety of aged folks have been utilizing hashish in recent times to deal with ache. Our examine is a primary step towards a extra correct analysis of the risk-benefit steadiness regarding using hashish amongst this inhabitants,” clarify Sharon Sznitman and Galit Weinstein, two of the examine’s authors.
Continual ache impacts between 19% and 37% of the aged inhabitants worldwide. Medical hashish is an more and more obtainable and effective treatment, however many seniors have been involved about the way it may influence their mind.
“From earlier research, we all know that medical hashish can have long-term results on the mind when it’s consumed at a younger age. Nonetheless, the identical impact might not essentially be discovered when it’s used at an older age,” they clarify.
The brand new examine, published within the journal Drug and Alcohol Assessment, Sznitman and Weinstein — with Dr. Simon Vulfsons of Rambam Medical Middle and Prof. David Meiri of the Technion — included 125 power ache sufferers over the age of 50 (common age 62), 63 of whom are licensed to make use of medical hashish for power ache.
All contributors accomplished computerized exams evaluating their psychomotor reactions, focus and reminiscence, and studying functionality.
“Though the sufferers handled with hashish had been utilizing it constantly for not less than one 12 months, we didn’t discover that their cerebral functioning was poorer than that of people of comparable age and background ailments,” the researchers emphasize.
“The findings of our examine may alleviate concern amongst physicians within the discipline of power ache, and amongst older sufferers affected by such ache, relating to the attainable impact of hashish on cognitive functioning.”
They mentioned additional research are wanted with a view to substantiate their findings, together with mind imaging and extra means for the analysis of cognitive operate.