Seniors and weed study coming to New Brunswick

The CEO of the Ontario Long Term Care Association says interest in cannabis among older people is growing.

Candace Chartier says it's a big reason her group has embarked on a six-month pilot program to monitor the effects of medical marijuana use among 500 seniors in several Ontario long-term care facilities.

Chartier notes medical pot is already being used by many residents for a range of ailments -- with staff and family members anecdotally reporting positive results.

She says the OLTCA will co-ordinate the program and develop screening tools for nurses, pharmacists, doctors and caregivers in conjunction with the cannabis company Canopy Growth, which is supplying the marijuana.

Chartier says the results will inform guidelines that could shape care at facilities provincewide.

Meanwhile, a similar six-month study launches Monday involving the BC-based cannabis company Tilray.

It will examine the impact of medical marijuana on sleep, perception of pain, and quality of life in patients over 50-years-old.

The study will start in Sarnia, Ontario, and eventually expand to more clinics in British Columbia and New Brunswick in 2019.