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Chronic Pain in Older Adults

More than half of older adults report bothersome pain within the past month. Further, opioid use for pain is highest among older adults, yet many complain of inadequate relief, significant side effects and increased risk of opioid-related consequences. Medical cannabis (MC) use is increasingly common among older adults for pain relief; however, the potential benefits, risks, and negative consequences of MC in this population have not been assessed.


Observational, Longitudinal


Study participants are assessed at baseline (prior to beginning their medical cannabis treatment regimen for those in the treatment group) and complete clinical interviews, cognitive testing, measures related to quality of life, sleep, pain, general activities, and if eligible, an MRI scan which assesses brain structure, function, chemistry and white matter integrity. Between visits, participants track their use of medical cannabis (MC) products (type, mode of use, amount, frequency) using a log system. Follow up visits occur at 3 months, 6 months, and 12 months post MC treatment initiation in order to better assess the potential impact of MC on symptoms of pain and cognitive function.


Individuals aged 50 and older currently using opioids to manage chronic pain conditions may be eligible.

We are currently recruiting interested individuals.

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