98 Year-Old Woman Used Marijuana For Pain Instead Of Morphine

Ruth Brunn, a 98-year-old living in a nursing home, says yes to pot.

Ruth Brunn, a 98-year-old living in a nursing home, says yes to pot.

Her mornings are a daily dose of a green pill filled with cannabis oil. Then Brunn, who has neuropathy, waits from the sharp pains in her hands, shoulders, and arms to subside.

She claims she doesn’t feel stoned or high, she just knows she feels better when she takes this alternative medicine. These pills worked so well for her that she cut back from her morphine dosage.

Brunn’s nursing home is located in New York City called Hebrew Home at Riverdale. This nursing home is taking an uncommon step for helping its residents use medical marijuana. Under a new program, Hebrew Home at Riverdale suggests treating different illnesses with an alternative to prescription medicines. The home does not store or distribute the pot but residents are allowed to purchase it from a dispensary.

This new program didn’t just happen overnight. Daniel Reigngold fought long and hard for a year for the medical marijuana program. After Reigngold saw the effectiveness that medical marijuana had on his father that was suffering from cancer, he knew he had to help others suffering from medical ailments. When Reigngold finally got the program approved, there weren’t any objections or concerns.

The use of medical marijuana is approved for many states in the U.S. Scientific evidence has proven its effectiveness when treating certain ailments such as severe muscle spasms, neuropathic pain, unplanned weight loss, vomiting and nausea from chemotherapy, and Parkinson’s disease.  

A grandmother, Anita Mataraso, claims she would be in worse shape if she wasn’t using medical marijuana on a daily basis because it helps her physically and mentally. She experiences arthritis and nerve pain.

The state of New York is one among other states that have assisted living homes with formal medical marijuana policies for its residents.

The Federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services stated no nursing home had specifically lost financing or has been penalized for permitting the use of marijuana.

From nursing homes to older Americans, the use of marijuana to relieve pain has become increasingly popular. Drugs such as morphine, which is highly addictive, don’t have to be used anymore. Marijuana is less addictive, has fewer side effects, and helps with the pain.



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