A workshop for seniors about cannabis use will be held in Langley Feb. 21. (Jonathan Hayward/ Special to the Langley Advance Times)

Upcoming cannabis workshop designed specifically for Langley seniors

Seniors Professional Alliance hosts morning session on Feb. 21 at Timms Community Centre

Langley’s senior citizens have seen a dramatic shift in views, laws, and access to cannabis through the course of their lifetime – and it’s fair to say a few may have one or two questions on what the substance actually does.

At least, that’s what Masumeh Bakhshian, a member of Langley Seniors Professional Alliance, believes – she is hoping to help dispel any myths and rumours by providing different uses and facts through an upcoming workshop.

The alliance has been in existence for five years, organizing various workshops from Alzheimer and dementia awareness to “how to maintain a healthy brain.”

Now, the Medical Cannabis Workshop for Seniors will offer up information and discussion opportunities on Feb 21.

“Seniors love these workshops. They love to learn,” Bakhshian said. “We will be covering how to go about cannabis legally, what to ask your doctor, and what different strains can do.”

She said part of her inspiration for holding the workshop came from seeing seniors purchase or even use the wrong type.

“There’s a difference between medical and recreational cannabis. Seniors are spending money – far too much money – on cannabis that is not the right one,” Bakhshian explained.

According to Bakhshian, workshops of a similar nature, which have been held all across the Lower Mainland, are attracting one hundred guests at each.

She said the Langley workshop will contain a one hour info package presented by Jennifer Schvimer, a community engagement specialist who educates on cannabis.

They will cover topics ranging from what cannabis looks like to what the effects are, before opening the floor to questions.

READ MORE: B.C. VIEWS: Cannabis challenges hurt B.C. economy

Bakhshian said the workshop is only open to seniors, because the information will be geared to what cannabis can do to specifically help their needs.

“Chronic pain is the biggest reason seniors use medical cannabis,” she said. “It’s good for seniors to know that this is an option and how to go through the professional process.”

Of course, Bakhshian acknowledged that many seniors are still uncomfortable with the idea of legalized cannabis or even against the idea all together.

“Everyone is different and it’s about making an informed decision. People have said to me that ‘this didn’t help’ or they didn’t like the feeling,” she said. “Just come and listen and make your own decisions.”

The Medical Cannabis Workshop for Seniors will be held on Friday, Feb. 21, between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m., at Timms Community Centre (20399 Douglas Cres.).

People must call the Langley Seniors Professional Alliance at 604-427-2828 call to register before the workshop if they plan on attending.

_________________________________

Is there more to this story?

Email: ryan.uytdewilligen@langleyadvancetimes.com

Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter

_________________________________

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Fort Langley man released from quarantined cruise ship in Japan

Because Spencer Fehrenbacher has American citzensip, he was evacuated by the U.S.

VIDEO: Half-marathon for hospice society draws hundreds to new Langley route

Despite a mudslide that forced a last-minute move, attendance was up, slightly

VIDEO: Vancouver Giants make it nine straight

Roman scores hat trick as team dominates Seattle

VIDEO: Minister reports ‘modest progress’ after blockade talks with First Nation

Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs say Coastal GasLink does not have authority to go through their lands

Henrique scores 2 as Ducks soar past Canucks 5-1

Vancouver tumbles out of top spot in Pacific Division

Trudeau cancels Caribbean trip amid pipeline protests across Canada

Protests against Coastal GasLink have disrupted rail service

B.C. VIEWS: Inaction on pipeline protests not a viable response

Columnist Frank Bucholtz on how the Coastal GasLink pipeline dispute got so bad

PHOTOS: Top 10 memories of the 2010 Olympics

Black Press Media’s Jenna Hauck, shares some of her most memorable images of 2010 Winter Games

#FoxForFiver: Support grows in B.C. to put Terry Fox on new $5 bill

Terry Fox’ Marathon of Hope raised money for cancer research

Registration opens soon for BC 55+ Games in Richmond

2020 55+ Games have been officially scheduled for Sept. 15 to 19

Trudeau confers with cabinet ministers as rail blockades continue

The Trudeau government has been criticized for not doing more to end the blockades

Homicide team investigating after body found in Abbotsford

Resident finds deceased person on Keeping Road on Sumas Mountain

Most Read