Best Strains for Seniors

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Cannabis reform has led to myriad changes in the West, including changing attitudes and demographics of folks embracing the plant. Notably, seniors are becoming one of the fastest-growing populations of cannabis users.

Whether you’re a senior yourself looking at the best options or have older folks in your life looking to explore cannabis, there’s never been a better time to embrace the wide array of options this emerging market has to offer.

It’s no secret that because the market has seen such an explosion in growth, it’s often overwhelming. For seniors especially, it may be hard to nail down what specific strains offer the best results.

Fortunately, there are plenty of options fitting for seniors that encourage a wide array of benefits!

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Key Takeaways

  • Seniors can benefit from cannabis for many of the reasons any other population can, namely for symptom relief and managing pain, inflammation, sleep troubles, and more.
  • There are many strains that can benefit seniors. Indicas, sativas, and hybrids all offer specific benefits that can work to relieve symptoms of seniors.

Benefits of Cannabis for Seniors

Seniors especially may find that cannabis offers immense relief in a number of areas. Cannabis may help manage pain, inflammation, and improve sleep.

(Note: If you are thinking about using cannabis in combination with or instead of certain medications, it’s recommended that you consult your physician before making any changes.)

A number of studies have found that cannabis can help to reduce opioid use, which may lead to less side effects and issues with dependence. For those looking to avoid a psychoactive experience, CBD and other minor cannabinoids can be beneficial for relieving stress and achieving better sleep, among other benefits.

While research is still catching up, some of the benefits of cannabis seem especially fit for seniors — namely, its anti-inflammatory, anti-pain, and appetite-stimulating properties. Recent studies have even shown that THC is linked to the reversal of lost bone density.

Is Indica or Sativa Better for Seniors?

While there is some variance, sativa strains generally provide more energy and mental stimulation, and indica strains are more relaxing. Hybrids tend to fall somewhere in the middle.

Ultimately, there is no objective answer here. Like any other population, specific strains are great for folks looking for specific benefits.

Seniors who may have trouble gathering energy or motivation may find that a sativa is more beneficial. Sativas may also help to stimulate the mind and make folks feel more creative, which could be a benefit for many seniors who want a cerebral jumpstart.

That said, sativas are more heady and may not provide enough relief for seniors looking to manage aches and pains. For those folks, a more balanced hybrid could help to encourage a wider array of effects.

For seniors who need help with sleep, relaxation, and pain relief, indica strains may be the best way to go. These strains may be a better option to manage chronic pain, insomnia, and more.

Best Strains for Seniors

There are plenty of great strains out there, so be sure to keep exploring beyond this list. However, these are some of the best options fit for seniors, across the sativa and indica spectrum!

Green Crack

While the name may be a little off-putting, Green Crack is an iconic strain aptly named for its uplifting and euphoric effects. It’s a great strain for fighting fatigue, filling people of all ages with energy along with a mental boost that can help to get seniors through the day.

It’s also got a pleasant taste, and many Green Crack varieties contain a high concentration of THC-V, which has been shown to help reduce inflammation.

Blue Dream

Blue Dream is one of the most popular cannabis strains for a reason. In addition to its sweet flavor, it generally produces a balanced blend of effects. The sativa Haze parent strain offers more cerebral-sativa effects, while the opposing indica Blueberry parent works well for relaxing and pain relief.

Blue Dream generally has high levels of THC, further lending itself to symptom relief. This strain truly has the best of both worlds, offering a mellow feeling without that dreaded couch-lock feeling.


For seniors looking to reap medical benefits from cannabis without an overpowering high, Harlequin is a great pick. This strain has high amounts of CBD, and a moderate amount of THC.

This is a great strain for pain relief. The high CBD content gives it some effects seniors may seek out from an indica, though it’s sativa-dominant strain, so it also won’t be too sedating.

Garlic Cookies

Another quality, high-potency option for seniors is Garlic Cookies. This strain often has high amounts of both THC and CBD, allowing users to enjoy the medicinal benefits of CBD and the more euphoric, psychoactive benefits of THC. This is a great strain for stress management and relaxation, though most consumers also claim that it is mentally stimulating and may help to promote creativity and imagination.

While it’s an ideal choice for pain relief, the higher levels of limonene and beta-caryophyllene also keep Garlic Cookies from totally knocking you out.

Bio Jesus

Some folks just need a solid, sedating indica, and Bio Jesus is a great choice. Complete with plenty of myrcene, which helps to induce relaxation and relieve pain, it’s a go-to choice for many seniors. Bio Jesus produces a heavy euphoria with high potency, great to help combat insomnia and pain.

That said, it is a pretty potent option, so it may be a good strain to work up to or enjoy in small amounts, especially for new users.

Final Thoughts

We’re in a new age of cannabis where people of all populations can enjoy the many benefits the plant has to offer. Seniors are no exception! While cannabis can work to specifically enhance the day-to-day life of any consumer, seniors are a group that can especially benefit from the compounds and properties of cannabis.

If you’re a senior looking for a solid strain or know an older person in your life ready to take the leap, these options should not be ignored!

FAQ: Your Cannabis Queries Answered!

Are edibles good for the elderly?

Absolutely! Edibles can be a fantastic option for seniors, particularly those who may have respiratory issues or prefer not to smoke. Since edibles provide a longer-lasting effect compared to inhalation methods, they're great for those needing sustained relief. However, edibles take longer to kick in and it's easy to overdo it, so remember our golden rule - start low and go slow!

What is the best CBD for seniors?

CBD is a wonder for many, especially for the elderly looking to ease pain, anxiety, or sleep disorders without the psychoactive effects of THC. Full-spectrum CBD products, which contain a range of cannabinoids and terpenes, are often recommended for their potential to provide the most therapeutic benefits. However, the best CBD product really depends on individual needs, so a bit of experimentation might be in order.

Does CBD help elderly people?

Yes, it does! CBD has been shown to help with various conditions that often affect the elderly, such as chronic pain, arthritis, sleep disorders, and anxiety. Its natural, non-psychoactive properties make it an appealing option for seniors seeking relief without the high associated with THC.

Can 80 year olds take edibles?

Of course, age is just a number when it comes to enjoying the benefits of cannabis edibles! Seniors, including those in their 80s, can certainly incorporate edibles into their wellness routine. It's important to choose the right product and dosage that align with one's health status and tolerance levels. Just like any other form of cannabis, starting with a small dose is key, and always consult a healthcare professional if unsure.


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