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CannaKeys has 46 studies associated with Geriatric Conditions.

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Overview - Geriatric Conditions

Description of Geriatric Conditions

Gerontology is the study of aging. Geriatric medicine focuses on condition primarily affecting seniors. Scientists do not yet have a thorough understanding of the physiological mechanism of aging. Various theories have been proposed to explain the loss of cellular integrity that we recognize as aging (wrinkles, age spots, or decline in physical and mental function). Such theories largely focus on the cumulative effects of exposure to radiation, toxins, or pathogens contributing to mutation in cellular DNA over time. Specifically, the following are believed to be causal agents in the process of aging: accumulation of toxins, the long-term effect of ionizing radiation, changes in hormone profiles, damage from exposure to free radicals (oxidative stressors), exposure to parasites, fungi, bacteria, viruses, or other pathogens, shortening of the end strings of DNA (called telomeres, which occurs with each cell division and in the presence of environmental toxins), and the accumulation of senescent (older) cells.

Disease Classification

Condition: Aging
Disease Family: Aging
Organ System: Muscular System, Nervous System, Skeletal System
ICD-10 Chapter: N/A
ICD-10 Code: N/A

Geriatric Conditions Symptoms:

Physical (e.g. epigenetic changes, mutation, telomere shortening, wrinkles, age-spots, greying hair, loss of body mass, loss of visual focus, male/female menopause). Mental/emotional (e.g. loss of memory or other cognitive impairments)

Also known as:

Aging-related conditions, Aging, Frailty, Old Age,

Drug Interactions

THC Interaction with Pharmaceutical Drugs

  • THC can enhance the effects of drugs that cause sedation and depress the central nervous system, such as benzodiazepines, barbiturates, and alcohol, for example. 
  • THC is metabolized by and an inhibitor of a number of enzymatic liver pathways referred to as cytochrome P450. There are more than 50 enzymes belonging to this enzyme family, a number of which are responsible for the breakdown of common drugs such as antidepressants (e.g. amitriptyline, doxepine, fluvoxamine), antipsychotics (haloperidol, clozapine, stelazine), beta-blockers (e.g. propranolol), bronchodilators (e.g. theophylline), or bloodthinners (e.g. warfarin).  Thus patients taking these classes of medication may find that THC increases the concentration and effects of these drugs as well as the duration of their effects.
  • Clinical observation suggests no likely interactions with other pharmaceuticals at a total daily dose of up to 20mg THC.

CBD Interaction with Pharmaceutical Drugs

  • CBD may alter action on metabolic enzymes (certain drug-transport mechanisms), and as such may alter interactions with other drugs, some of which may produce therapeutic or adverse effects. For instance, CBD interacts with the enzyme cytochrome P450 3A4 and cytochrome P450 2C19, increasing the bioavailability of anti-epileptic drugs such as clobazam (a benzodiazepine). This makes it possible to achieve the same results at significantly lower dosages, reducing treatment costs and risks of adverse effects. 
  • Groups of drugs affected include: anti-epileptic drugs, psychiatric drugs, and drugs affecting metabolic enzymes, for example.
  • Clinical observations suggest no likely interactions with other pharmaceuticals at a total daily dose of up to 100mg CBD

Dosing Considerations

THC Dosage Considerations

  • THC micro dose:  0.1 mg to 0.4 mg
  • THC low dose:  0.5 mg to 5 mg
  • THC medium dose:  6 mg to 20 mg
  • THC high dose:  21 mg to 50+ mg

CBD Dosage Considerations

  • CBD low dose:  0.4 mg to 19 mg
  • CBD medium dose: 20 mg to 99 mg
  • CBD high dose:  100 mg to 800+ mg (upper limits tested ~1,500mg)

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Information on this site is based on scientific studies (human, animal, or in vitro), clinical experience, or traditional usage as cited in each article. The results reported may not necessarily occur in all individuals. For many of the conditions discussed, treatment with prescription or over-the-counter medication is also available. Consult your physician, nutritionally oriented health care practitioner, and/or pharmacist for any health problem and before using any supplements or before making any changes in prescribed medications.