Not just a tokin’ study: New York provider explores ‘open-minded’ usage of marijuana in nursing homes

January 16, 2019

A small study by one noted New York long-term care provider finds promising results in the use of marijuana to help treat nursing home residents.

The Hebrew Home at Riverdale, in the Bronx, first launched its “innovative” new cannabis program in 2016. With it, the facility provided educational sessions and a fact sheet on the often-misunderstood drug to both residents and their family members. About 10 residents have participated so far, and they have reported that cannabis has helped to lessen the severity of chronic pain and reduce opioid dosages, among other benefits, investigators wrote in a study published in January’s Journal of Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine.