Nearly 55 million adults currently use marijuana according to a study done last year. Of those 55 million only about eleven percent are fifty years of age or older. That is an extremely low number considering cannabis’ medicinal properties known to help with ailments like Alzheimer’s, arthritis, asthma, chronic pain, Crohn’s disease, epilepsy and multiple sclerosis, to name a handful. Ailments that the elderly often deal with at a larger rate than their younger counterparts. DeepCell founder Kelly Ogilvie is determined to unravel the stigma around cannabinoid medicine and introduce its broad healing abilities to seniors who until now had not considered cannabis as an alternative to pharmaceutical medicines.
“I challenge you to rethink who is a cannabis user,” says Ogilvie during a TED Talk. “I challenge you to rethink whether illegal means wrong.” Ogilvie’s sister Sasha, became addicted to opiates after she was given them for pain post-surgery. The surgery was to treat Sasha’s epilepsy. Sasha later overcame her addiction and the pain by treating her pain and seizures with CBD oil instead of opiates. This is when Ogilvie’s interest in cannabis began. Now they work together to share her story and DeepCell products with the world.
Tuesday, February 20th, the Ogilvies will be presenting a TEDx Talk at Burien senior living community, El Dorado West. After the TEDx Talk they will both be taking questions from the audience. Although the event is free and open to the public, seniors in the Village Concepts community will learn about changing perceptions on cannabis from those directly affected and participating in the industry.
This is the perfect opportunity for those of you near Burien, Washington to reach out to your grandparents who you have been too busy to see as often as you’d like. Take grams out for lunch and then head to the TEDx Talk at El Dorado West. Who knows, maybe grandpa will even be open to stopping by a dispensary and talking to your local budtender before heading home for his evening shows. Whether you have been dabbling with the idea of trying cannabis for your own ailments or you have friends and family members who you think could benefit, it wouldn’t hurt to start the conversation somewhere. It’s not too late to turn to cannabis for relief.