More seniors are trying cannabis

Created date

July 24th, 2019
An older woman uses a vaporizer to produced and consume cannabis vapors.

Cannabis use is growing faster in older adults than in any other age group. In fact, the survey found that there has been a ten-fold increase.

The 2016 National Survey of Drug Use and Health showed that cannabis use is growing faster in older adults than in any other age group. In fact, the survey found that there has been a ten-fold increase.

A study published in the journal Drugs & Aging revealed information about how and why seniors are trying various forms of the drug. The researchers conducted focus groups in senior centers, clinics, and cannabis dispensaries in 13 Colorado counties.

The researchers wanted to find out how and why seniors are using cannabis, and whether they were having positive or negative outcomes. They also wanted to examine perceptions about the drug. 

Reasons why

The main reasons seniors said they used cannabis were for pain, depression, and anxiety. Participants said they thought medical-grade cannabis was better than using opioids or other addictive prescription drugs. Many recreational users thought it had fewer negative side effects than alcohol.

Even in Colorado, where cannabis is legal, however, seniors cite barriers in obtaining medical marijuana. They said there is still a stigma attached to the practice. Providers do not tend to mention it, and some seniors would rather pay more for recreational marijuana than ask providers for medical marijuana because they feel self-conscious.

Since the survey showed that seniors are hesitant to bring up the topic, the researchers believed that doctors should be more forthcoming with information about risks and benefits of cannabis as an option. The researchers also believed more information should be easily available to the public about research, education, and outcomes of cannabis use.

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