A recent study that was published in the Annals of Internal Medicine last Monday, shows that the use of cannabis among people aged between 56 and 74, is on the rise in America, with men in the lead. The baby boomer generation which makes up people aged between 56 and 74, refers to people who were born between the year 1946 and 1964. They make up about 20% of the world’s population, mostly in developed nations.
The study’s co-author, Bill Jesdale, suggests that the attitudes toward marijuana in the country seem to be changing. Bill Jesdale, who also works at the University of Massachusetts Medical School as an assistant professor of Population and Quantitative Health, also stated that the findings showed an increase in the use of cannabis in older people. This applies to states where cannabis has not been legalized for recreational use as well as in states where it’s been legalized.
The data used in the study was collected for a 3-year period (2016-2018) and focused on the use of marijuana in 171,507 grown-ups aged 55 and above, from 2 territories and 19 states.
Men aged 60 to 64 recorded the highest cannabis use rates, with 12.6% admitting to having used cannabis in the last 30 days in the year 2018, which is an increase from the 2016 rate, which was 3.7%. Over the same period of time, cannabis use is said to have almost doubled, to 8.2% in 2018 from 4.3% in 2016, in men aged 65 to 69 and in men aged 70 to 74, a rise to 6% from 3.2%. In women, a lesser change was recorded.
Despite the study itself not offering any explanations that would demonstrate why exactly more and more boomers are using marijuana, Jesdale as well as his colleagues suggest possible explanations, such as,
- Lowered inhibitions against use
- Increased availability of marijuana
- Lower stigma linked to cannabis use
- Numerous medical benefits coming to light
The researchers also added that other studies discovered that older people have been using marijuana to help with anxiety, pain as well as sleep problems.
In spite of this though, experts warn that marijuana use in people who are older might grow the risk of drug interactions, especially if combined with some types of medication. Researchers suggest that how marijuana affects older grown-ups may not be similar to what younger individuals experience when they use marijuana.
For instance, a review that was published earlier this year revealed that a combination of various heart medications and cannabis put consumers at risk. Dizziness, confusion, falls as well as other accidents have also been recorded.
Industry watchers say that the fact that older people are waking up to the benefits of marijuana isn’t surprising the sector players like The Alkaline Water Company Inc. (CSE: WTER) (NASDAQ: WTER) who have always known about those nearly limitless benefits.
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