Victoria seniors want to know more about marijuana

Four presentations on the medical properties of cannabis for seniors come to Victoria

Victoria seniors are dabbling into the world of dabbing thanks to a series of presentations on cannabis for seniors.

Over two days speakers from the Medicinal Cannabis Resource Centre Inc. (MCRCI) are visiting the Berwick Royal Oak Retirement Community, Berwick House, Amica Somerset House and James Bay New Horizons to teach seniors about the medical properties of cannabis.

“It is perhaps somewhat ironic, but not surprising that the generation who brought cannabis to international attention all those decades ago are now thirsting for more information about it. It is very clear the stigma of ‘pot’ has vanished and there is compelling and growing research indicating cannabis is beneficial for various medical conditions,” said Terry Roycroft, founder and president of MCRCI, in a release.

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The one-hour long PowerPoint presentations help introduce seniors to the medical properties of cannabis, including pain management, appetite stimulation and sleep assistance.

The presentations are followed up with Q&A sessions, as well as an opportunity for seniors to have help in signing up for a medical marijuana licence with Health Canada.

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On Feb. 20 there are two presentations, one at 10:30 a.m. at the James Bay New Horizons Centre, and at 2 p.m. at Amica House.

On Feb. 21 there will be one at 10:30 a.m. at the Berwick Royal Oak Retirement Community, and a second at 2 p.m. at the Berwick House.

So far similar presentations at senior centres in Vancouver have received positive feedback.

“I was kind of surprised how open and engaging the seniors were with their questions,” said Pamela Groberman, media and public relations representative for MCRCI. “Then again, they grew up in that era, the flower generation, so it’s nothing new to them and I think they’re curious how they can use it medicinally to improve their lives.”

The presentations are free and open to the public.

For more information, you can visit mcrci.com.

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