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More Seniors Are Reportedly Smoking Pot, Consuming Cannabis Edibles

“Don’t be moody, pass that doobie!”

That’s what the elderly would say. At least, if they’re still “in the know” with the current slang that kids are using these days. Slang or not, one thing is for sure: They definitely are passing that doobie since research shows that these seniors apparently don’t fear the reefer.

More Elders Smoking Marijuana

It may be surprising for some, but the last few years have seen a significant increase in the number of seniors taking a hit, as per a recent study published in JAMA this week, which revealed that the amount of Americans aged 65 and up who smoke marijuana or eat edibles went up by about 75 percent in just three years’ time.

The data was taken from just around 15,000 adults in the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, which revealed that the number of those 65-plus who had smoked or ingested “marijuana, hashish, pot, grass and hash oil” jumped from 2.4  percent in 2015 to 4.2 percent in 2018. Just around a decade ago, only a mere 0.4 percent of people in this demographic decided to use marijuana in any form, be it through a joint or through edibles.

Additionally, the research also showed that the rise of marijuana use is higher in women (up 93 percent) and racial and ethnic minorities (up 336 percent), with a significant increase among Americans older than 65 who were married, which went up to a full 100 percent.

Surprisingly, diabetic people have also started turning to the once forbidden plant, with a 180 percent increase in marijuana use among those with diabetes from the years 2015 up until 2018.

“Certainly the passing of medical marijuana laws in many states for a variety of qualifying conditions and diseases has played a role, and gotten the attention of older adults who are living with chronic diseases or symptoms that are difficult to treat,” Dr. Benjamin Han, assistant professor of geriatric medicine and palliative care at the NYU Grossman School of Medicine, said. “Also we have a large baby boomer cohort who has more experience with cannabis compared to generations before them now entering their 60s and 70s.”

Cannabis Edibles CBD infused vegan gluten free edibles with green tea and sesame. WeedPornDaily/flickr

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