Physicians Turn To Marijuana To Ease Agitation, Aggression In Alzheimer’s Patients
For Sonoma County assisted-living facilities, the treatment is “well known and very popular." In other news, a study on children's exposure to marijuana could prove as a cautionary tale for California.
The Press Democrat:
Marijuana Aids Sonoma County Alzheimer’s Patients
Marijuana can make life better for some of the more than 5 million Americans afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease, but despite an encouraging new study, it remains a long shot as an antidote to the brain disorder that claims about 85,000 lives a year, experts say. 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. (Kovner, 7/25)
More Colorado Youngsters Exposed To Pot After Legalization
Significantly more children in Colorado have been treated for unintentional exposure to marijuana since recreational pot became legal there, according to a new study published Monday. The findings offer a cautionary tale for California, where voters will decide in November whether to legalize recreational use of the drug. (Plevin, 7/25)