Julie Bobitt, PhD and colleagues explored the use of cannabis among older Veterans. Their results showed older Veterans are using medical cannabis as a means of harm reduction as an adjunct or substitute for other medications and substances with limited guidance from their healthcare providers. Veterans also reported that there exists an inconsistency across the Veterans Health Administration system regarding the interpretation and application of cannabis policies. Drawing from these findings, they explore medical cannabis as a harm reduction technique and discuss how a lack of physician engagement and current Veterans Health Administration policies discourage older Veterans from discussing and potentially benefiting from the use of medical cannabis.
Bobitt J, Clary K, Krawitz M, Silva LQ, Kang H. Prevention, Practice, and Policy: Older US Veterans’ Perspectives on Cannabis Use. Drugs Aging. 2023 Jan 17. doi: 10.1007/s40266-022-00995-2. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 36648751.