A new study published just this month is confirming what we’ve known for some time: older people are using cannabis in greater numbers than previously seen, NPR reports. The study, which was published in the Journal of Drug and Alcohol Dependence shows that an increasing number of Boomers are using cannabis, and this number is going up all the time.
This study uses data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) from the years of 2015-2016. The results of the survey showed that nine percent of adults aged 50-64 used cannabis in that time. The number of adults 65 and older who used cannabis during that time was three percent.
The same study reported that only 7 percent of adults aged 50-64 used cannabis in 2013 (or admitted to it). Of course at that time cannabis was legal in a lot fewer places than it is now. Expect this number to continue increasing as more and more places continue to legalize cannabis.
Why Are More People Using Cannabis
Now, why are more older people using cannabis? Of course it makes a lot of sense. A lot of the people in this age group were the hippies of the sixties. Many of them quit smoking weed when they settled down, began to raise a family, etc. Now, as cannabis use is legal in many of the areas they live, many of them are picking the habit back up again.
Cannabis has been shown to have a number of benefits for older users. Benefits include things such as improved memory, reduced arthritis pain, diabetes, and even Alzheimer’s prevention. All of these are maladies that are common among older people.
Many seniors who have begun using cannabis have found that it gives them a new lease on life as they are able to enjoy activities that had long since become impossible to them. You can bet that this number will increase in the years to come.
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