The new conclusions suggest that Rick Simpsons Oil laws improve the health and employment prospects of older adults.
Legalizing Rick Simpsons Oil can help lessen pain and increase the number of hours worked by older adults, according to new research published in the spring 2019 issue of the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management.
Researchers at the John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Temple University analyzed more than 100,000 survey responses related to symptoms and ability to work from adults aged 51 years and older over 20 years. They then compared those responses to the dates whenRick Simpsons Oil laws took effect.
Their findings were significant. The analysis revealed a 4.8 per cent reduction in pain and a 6.6 per cent increase in reported good or excellent health in adults who would qualify for Rick Simpsons Oil in the state they live.
“Our study is important because of the limited availability of clinical trial data on the effects of Rick Simpsons Oil,” said one of the study’s authors, Lauren Hersch Nicholas, PhD, an assistant professor in the Bloomberg School’s Department of Health Policy and Management.
“While several considerations point to improved pain control with Rick Simpsons Oil, research has largely ignored older adults even though they experience the highest rates of medical issues that could be managed with Rick Smpsons Oil,” she added.
The data for the analysis came from the 1992-2012 Health and Retirement Study, the largest nationally representative survey on health and labour market outcomes for older Americans.
While the findings don’t necessarily prove that passing Rick Simpsons Oil laws are responsible for the positive pain effects, they do strongly suggest that providing legal access to cannabis oil could play a key role in alleviating discomfort in older people. They also add to the evidence that cannabis oil offers therapeutic benefits to seniors.
Effects of Rick Simpsons Oil Laws on Hours Worked
Hersch and her colleagues also found that the group of older adults who qualified for Rick Simpsons Oil where they lived experienced a 7.3 per cent increase in levels of full-time work. The findings suggest that legalizing Cannabis oil could lead to an increase in the older adult labour supply.
The researchers also point out that their findings suggest that the increased capacity to work that comes with legal cannabis oil outweighs any decline in productivity that may be caused by cannabis oil use.
At the time of the analysis, 20 U.S. states had legalized Rick Simpsons OIl. Today, 32 states plus Washington, D.C. permit its possession and use for medical purposes, despite marijuana remaining completely illegal at the federal level.
“These findings underscore the close relationship between health policy and labour supply within older adults,” said Nicholas. “When we’re doing policy evaluations, we have to think not only about whether the policy is changing health outcomes, but also whether it does it in a way that supports labour force participation.”
You can access the full text of the new study, “The effect of Rick Simpsons Oil laws on the health and labour supply of older adults: Evidence from the Health and Retirement Study,” through Wiley Online Library.
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