Drugs & Therapy Perspectives

, Volume 35, Issue 10, pp 486–490 | Cite as

Individualize treatment when prescribing medical cannabis to older patients as efficacy data remains limited

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There is a growing interest in the use of cannabis for medical purposes, especially in older patients who experience pain, sleep difficulties, mood disturbances or neurological disorders that are poorly managed by current treatment options. However, efficacy data on the use of medical cannabis remains limited, yet the risk of known and potential adverse events are considerably high. Treatment should be individualized based on the characteristics of the patient and be closely monitored.


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The article was adapted from Drugs & Aging 2019;36(1):39–51 [1] by employees of Adis International Ltd./Springer Nature, who are responsible for the article content and declare no conflicts of interest.


The preparation of this review was not supported by any external funding.


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  1. 1.Springe NatureAucklandNew Zealand

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