The use of cannabis has been increasing among older people as research uncovers more about the impact of the plant’s use among adults. Data from last year’s National Survey of Drug Use and Health shows that the number of adults aged 65 and above who reported recent marijuana use rose by 18%. The survey also found that the number of older individuals who reported that they had used cannabis at some point in their life had increased to 36%, which signals a potential shift in willingness to be more open about prior indulgences.
Individuals with a medical cannabis card in the state of Florida can legally purchase THC products in the state, with those eligible revealing that the process to obtain the card was simple. The process entails taking an eligibility survey to see if one qualifies for medical cannabis in the state. If an individual believes that they qualify, they can then schedule an appointment with qualified medical cannabis doctors.
Before the appointment, patients are advised to get their medical records in order. This especially applies to those who have a prior diagnosis that makes them eligible to use medical cannabis. At the scheduled time and place, patients will be given a recommendation by a physician after their medical records have been reviewed.
After this, they can then complete and submit an application with the state. All applicants have to pay the $75 application fee. The state of Florida usually takes two to four weeks to process the application, after which patients will receive an email on the status of their application.
Trulieve, a marijuana company based in Florida, operates almost 20 dispensaries in the Tampa Bay area. The company, which is one of the leading marijuana providers in the state, gives a 10% discount to consumers aged 55 and above every Sunday.
While the company declined to give data on the total number of its clientele in this age range, its spokesperson revealed that seniors made up a big percentage of registered individuals in the state, noting that the firm had observed a significant increase in the use of marijuana among older people in the last few years.
Additionally, chief marketing officer Valda Coryat stated in an emailed statement that the company had observed that older individuals were receptive to marijuana and its medicinal benefits. Coryat added that in comparison to any other audience, seniors were some of the company’s most passionate and educated users of the medicinal herb.
Given that seniors don’t easily take up unfamiliar habits, the survey results indicating that more seniors are using marijuana is a kind of testament that this demographic is probably benefiting from the medicinal marijuana products manufactured in Florida by companies such as Red White & Bloom Brands Inc. (CSE: RWB) (OTCQX: RWBYF).
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