Skip to comments.Increasing numbers of older Baby Boomers are using marijuana: study
Posted on 02/24/2020 8:42:49 PM PST by Mariner
(Reuters) - In just four years, marijuana use grew by 75% among Americans aged 65 and older, according to a new study, and researchers expressed concern over a lack of information on the potential health implications.
The increase was most pronounced in women, those with higher incomes and more education, according to a report published on Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine.
The findings continue a trend seen over the last decade, said the study's lead author, Benjamin Han, an assistant professor of geriatric medicine and palliative care at the New York University School of Medicine.
"Consider that not even 10 years ago 0.4% of adults 65 and older said they had used marijuana in the past year, and now it's 10 times that at 4%," Han said.
The trend is concerning, Han said, because of the lack of research on the effects of cannabis on older people. Some prescription and even over-the-counter medicines, such as Benadryl, affect older people differently, he said.
It was not known whether the trend is tied to marijuana becoming legally available in a growing number of U.S. states, or if people had been using the drug for many years before turning 65.
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And they turned 15 in 1970.
I suspect they've been smoking it all along. Maybe not every day...but every once in a while.
But now that they're retired things are picking up.
Who did this surprise?
Availability is probably the big driver here.
Also, the legality thing was probably a sticking point when trying to maintain employment...
The part that surprised me a little is that women over 65 are increasing at a faster rate than men.
“Availability is probably the big driver here.”
Was it ever unavailable, anywhere?
Well having to put up with those men...
Increasing numbers of older Baby Boomers are using marijuana... AGAIN
What a bunch of dummasses.
Not this boomer, nor my husband, nor my brother, nor my sister-in-law, and several others I know. We didn’t use it in the sixties or seventies, and we won’t touch it now. People are always castigating boomers for something or other. It’s getting tiresome.
I’ve been around both and I’ll take pot smokers over drunks anytime. Drunks annoy the s**t out of me not to mention they’ve killed tens of thousands on the roads.
Our son lives in Colorado and has offered me the gummies, the not loopy kind, when I have a headache or other aches and pains. I took him up on it once. I didnt like it.
Im a square. Ive always been a square. I couldnt find MJ if my life depended on it. If I ever tried, Id be talking to an undercover cop.
I’m with you.
Yep, nostalgy for good old days:)
” I couldnt find MJ if my life depended on it. If I ever tried, Id be talking to an undercover cop.”
Undercover cops don’t sell pot.
You would have to talk to a Bud Tender in an actual pot store.
Waiting for the drug warriors to opine how this will make 65 year old people a drag on the productivity of the workforce.
In other words, we were all lumped into one group that were drugged out
hippies who laid around and did nothing but listen to rock and roll and
take a shower once month if we needed to or not.
I tried pot in the day, but that music was never my thing. I started work
in my teens and never laid around.
I've never quite gotten the pot thing. It made my eyes feel dilated and
beady. I quite shortly after I began using.
Give me a couple of beers and I'm good to go.
I've always thought Pot's biggest thing going for it, was the idea it
was illicit, and people wanted to be cool.
Not me. Not anymore at least. It’s enough that I smoke a few cigarettes with my asthma. Down to about 3 or 4 sticks a day, sometimes less. I rarely smoke an entire cigarette in one session. Marijuana leaves gooey resin in the lungs when you hold your breath. Plus the MJ odor lasts longer in anything porous, ie. cloth, wood or wax.
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