Assisted-Living Facilities Are Getting Grandma Stoned

Because happy medicine knows no age.

Medical marijuana has helped Californians cope with the human condition since it was introduced to the populace in 1996, via the Compassionate Use Act. The herb has long been championed as an alternative or an addition to the treatment regimen of those suffering from Alzheimer's disease, among other ailments predominant in aging demographics. A recently published study proved pot's effectiveness in reducing plaque buildup and inflammation of the brain, a condition linked to Alzheimer’s disease. A previous study found cannabis to be effective in treating the degenerative disease's "multiple functions and pathways."

This research data, and logic, have some assisted living facilities in Northern California hooking up a portion their patients with the medicinal herb, according to the Press Democrat: 

"Some assisted-living facilities and physicians in Sonoma County are quietly administering medical marijuana to patients—with consent from legally responsible parties—for behavioral management, quelling aggression and agitation in people who are losing recognition of their surroundings."

Starting with low dosages, cannabis is said to be especially helpful for Alzheimer patients suffering from dementia. According to the paper, Sonoma County facilities that receive medicare funding are hesitant to treat patients with cannabis, as the weed is federal scheduled as an illegal drug with no recognized medical value; and federal funding would be pulled if facilities were to be prosecuted on weed charges