Cannabis use among seniors is rising, with nearly 15% of US adults, 60 and older reported using cannabis in the past year.
At Berkeley Patients Group, seniors are one of our most beloved patient groups: they offer wisdom, humor, and a unique perspective on life, and they enjoy many of the benefits that cannabis offers.
Because we see firsthand the power of cannabis to improve seniors’ lives, we created this guide for gifting cannabis to the seasoned soul you love–just in time for the holidays.
This list contains pro-tips and top-picks selected by our consultants, so you don’t have to stress over how and what to give– you’ll be wrapping up relief, sleep, and tranquility in one package!
Resources for First-Time Gifting
For those of you who may be (re)introducing cannabis into your senior’s life, let’s share some information that can ease common concerns of new users.
Plus, products sold in licensed retailers have passed the highest quality testing standards, ensuring it is free from impurities and labels accurately reflect strength and ingredients.
Cannabis can replace some pharmaceutical medications, with fewer negative side effects. A 2016 study found that in states with access to medical marijuana, fewer prescriptions for other drugs to treat depression, anxiety, pain, and other chronic issues are filled. That said, patients taking other medications should check with their doctor about interactions.
So many seniors are using cannabis that the National Council for Aging Care put together their guide to medical marijuana. We highly recommend diving into this one.
Once you’ve navigated the resources, browse our consultant’s picks for seniors in the list below so you can give cannabis with confidence, and make this holiday season holly and jolly for all of the older adults on your list!
Topicals: A Perfect Introduction
Are you looking to gift relief this holiday season? Knock out your loved one’s aches and pain with topicals.
Cannabis-infused creams, balms, salves, or lotions are applied to the skin to relieve pain, soreness, or inflammation in localized areas. Topicals are the perfect introductory product because they provide relief without the head buzz.
For seniors and elders who are looking for a more natural way to fight their pain and improve their lives, topicals can be life-changing.
We love Papa & Barkley, inspired by a son’s mission to ease his elderly father’s immobilizing back pain–which he did, successfully! We Suggest Papa & Barkley’s 1:3 THC:CBD and 3:1 THC:CBD Releaf Balms.
The concentrated cannabis-infused salve relaxes and calms the body, first with activated warmth followed by a cooling sensation.
Lightly fragranced with soothing organic oils from cannabis, eucalyptus, tea tree, peppermint, and lavender plants, this cannabinoid-rich balm smells subtly herbaceous.
Made from the whole plant with all-natural ingredients, this powerful targeted topical formula won’t irritate sensitive skin and will address inflammation, chronic pain, and sleepless nights, so your loved ones can enjoy your holiday moments.
CBD: A Senior-Friendly Solution
Do your loved ones suffer from chronic pain or anxiety? Are they looking to avoid a “high” from cannabis?
Look no further than CBD, shown to be effective in the treatment of chronic pain, Crohn’s, diabetes, arthritis, anxiety, and other conditions affected by seniors that have been historically difficult to treat.
Cannabidiol or CBD is a component of the cannabis plant with enormous healing potential.
We love Care By Design, which offers a CBD-rich portfolio in easy to use sublingual drops, gel capsules, vaping products, and topicals, made from sun-grown California cannabis using environmentally sensitive methods.
With five CBD-to-THC ratios, you can find the right product to suit their specific needs and personal preferences.
Start by reading our guide to selecting your ratio of CBD:THC. In a survey of Care By Design patients, those with mood disorders like anxiety and depression reported the most significant benefit from CBD-dominant products (18:1).
This holiday season, we suggest you gift the healing powers of CBD–it’s basically the new kale!
Low-Dose Edibles: Highly Effective Relief
Does the person on your list want to control the way they medicate? Give the gift of microdosing, with low dose edibles.
Seniors tend to choose cannabis-infused edibles such as gummies, chocolate, mints, or other confections because they are discreet, comfortable to administer, and the dose can be easily controlled from mild to strong effects.
We love our neighbor, KIVA Confections, one of the most recognized edible creators in California.
From their artisanal approach to making chocolates to their inventive take on gummies, they’ve dedicated themselves to crafting delicious, trustworthy, and premium edibles you can feel good about gifting!
Terra Bites are our most popular microdose edible, our favorite being the smooth caramel covered in milk chocolate, with just a sprinkle of sea salt. At only 5 MG THC per piece, this is a perfect product for anyone new to the world of edibles.
If your loved one is looking for even more controlled effects, try Kiva’s Petra Mints, at only 2.5mg per piece.
For seniors needing a faster dose, we recommend Breez Royal Mint Spray. Refreshing peppermint plus an easy 5mg THC makes Original Mint our go-to for enhancing the everyday. Plus, because it’s sublingual, it’s absorbed into the body more quickly than an edible, in approximately 30 minutes.
Whatever edible you gift, make sure to read our Guide to Edibles before consumption to ensure the best experience!
Tea Time: A Little “Me” Time
If the person on your list is a tea lover, Kikoko makes the perfect gift!
Kikoko tea is made from organic, synergistic herbs and cannabis. We love the teas because they are sugar-free and fast-acting.
In liquid form, the cannabinoids within a drink have the potential to be absorbed (in small part) sublingually as you sip, while also passing through the digestive tract more quickly than a lipid-packed cannabis cookie.
Kikoko’s signature teas come in printed tins commissioned by female artists.
They’re formulated to address four specific health concerns: Tranquili-Tea for insomnia, Sympa-Tea for pain relief, Sensuali-Tea for sex, and Positivi-Tea for mood elevation.
For new consumers, start with a half of a cup of tea and add a fatty liquid, such as cow, almond, or coconut milk for quick absorption.
By far, their most popular tea is the anti-insomnia Tranquili-tea, made with chamomile and lemon myrtle. Giving the gift of a good night’s rest is the BEST!
Cannabis For Good: For The Proud Ganja Grandparent
Is the cannabis-lover on your list a philanthropic, fashion-forward individual? Give them a gift that keeps on giving, every time they shop!
BPG’s Cannabis For Good shirts give back to 10 local nonprofits working to uplift our Berkeley community.
Available in Cal, Purple, Green, and Long Sleeve styles, when you wear your shirt in our store, you’ll receive a 5% discount as a “thank you” from our BPG Family!
Visit our website for more details and to shop.
Feel good about your purchase! Not only are you crossing people off your list, but you’re also donating to a great cause every time you shop at Berkeley Patients Group!
Every purchase helps make Berkeley better! Learn more about how we’re giving back to our community.
If you have questions about any of the products on this list or cannabis in general, you can call our consultation line at 510-540-6013 any day from 9 am-9 pm, or visit us at 2366 San Pablo Ave in Berkeley.
We wish you the happiest of holidays!