Tikun Olam-Cannbit specializes in making medical cannabis treatment available to senior citizens.
The treatment aims to help the older population, their families, and caregivers deal with age-related physiological, mental, behavioral, and functional problems and the patient’s unique symptoms.
Between 2015 and 2017, Tikun Olam’s chief researcher, Lihi Bar-Lev Shleider, conducted a prospective study of 1273 geriatric patients, in collaboration with Soroka Medical Center and Ben Gurion University. The purpose was to analyze the features of cannabis treatment among the elderly by measuring pain intensity, quality of life, and side effects after six months of treatment. The strains used in the research were: Erez, Alaska, and CBD-rich strains.
93.7% of patients reported that the cannabis treatment improved their condition.
Before the treatment, 66.8% reported high pain intensity. After six months, this figure fell to only 7.6% of patients.
35.1% reported taking fewer medicines or reducing the dose of such medicines.
18.1% stopped using pain-relief drugs such as opioids or reduced the doses.
The most common side effects were dizziness (9.7%) and dryness in the mouth (7.1%).
The study found that cannabis is safe and effective for use with the elderly population.
In August 2016, the Ministry of Health reported that geriatric doctors can recommend treatment with medical cannabis.
This decision extended the power to prescribe medical cannabis to geriatric doctors and saves patients the trouble of having to consult a specialist in their specific condition.
At present, the main indications for the use of medical cannabis for senior citizens are:
- Alzheimer’s – to reduce restlessness and anxiety and improve appetite and sleeping patterns.
- Parkinson’s – relief of symptoms: tremors, muscle rigidity, Bradykinesia.
A clinical study in collaboration with the Department of Movement Disorders at Sourasky Hospital and with the Movement Disorders Unit at Beilinson Hospital found that treatment with medical cannabis led to:
- Fewer falls
- Less general stiffness
- Reduction in muscle tremors
- Improved mood
- Improved sleep quality.
82.2% of those studied reported that treatment with medical cannabis improved their general symptoms.
Oncology – A clinical study conducted in collaboration with Soroka Medical Center and the Hebrew University found that use of medical cannabis helped to relieve the side effects of chemotherapy – nausea and vomiting, improved appetite, eased pain, and led to improvements in mood and sleep patterns.