Might there be a heightened danger for older patients who use medical marijuana? That’s what one professor at the University of Iowa is aiming to find out.
Thorsten Rudroff, a professor in the department of neurology at the University of Iowa’s Carver College of Medicine, is currently looking for volunteers between the ages of 50 and 80 to participate in the study, which will examine whether cannabis use creates a greater risk in them falling.
The study will feature two pools of individuals: those who do use marijuana, and those who do not. For Rudroff, it’s an opportunity to examine pot use among a group of people who may not be the best equipped to dabble.
“It’s self-medicated,” said Rudroff, as quoted by local television station KCRG. “They don’t know how to use medical cannabis. There are no guidelines, no recommendations out there. We want to find out what is the best and safest product.”
Those who participate in the two-year study will receive $100.
Iowa and Medical Cannabis
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