Study Indicates Cannabis Use Among Senior Citizens Has Spiked

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    Study Indicates Cannabis Use Among Senior Citizens Has Spiked
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    JAMA Internal Medicine found a significant jump in seniors who use cannabis.
    February 25, 2020
    By A.J. Herrington
    Cannabis use by senior citizens is up by 75% from just three years ago, according to a study published this week in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine. The spike in use by older Americans continues a trend that has now lasted for more than a decade.

    According to the research, 4.2% of survey respondents age 65 and older reported using marijuana in some form in 2018. That’s up from 2.4% in 2015, a jump of 75%. Cannabis use by senior citizens has been on the rise since 2006 when only 0.5% reported that they used pot.

    Dr. Benjamin Han, an assistant professor in the division of geriatric medicine and palliative care at the New York University School of Medicine and one of the study’s authors, said that he’s noticed the increase in marijuana use by seniors in his geriatric practice.

    “Ten years ago, no one asked me about cannabis use ever. Now, it’s a very common question when I’m in the clinic,” said Han. “I probably get asked about once a week. There’s a lot of interest.”

    To conduct the study, researchers used data collected by the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, an annual representative survey of non-institutionalized adults in the U.S. Researchers analyzed answers from 14,000 senior citizens to conduct the study, finding large increases in cannabis use among several demographic subgroups of older Americans including women, people of color, those who reported receiving mental health treatment, individuals with diabetes, and those with higher family incomes.

    Researchers Ponder Jump In Use

    The survey didn’t ask respondents why they were using cannabis, which Han says is a limitation of the study. However, he believes that the increase in cannabis use by seniors is linked to changing policies and social attitudes.

    “A lot of it is probably the legalization of medical and recreational cannabis, and destigmatization,” he said. “And, that we have more and more information about the use of cannabis for chronic illnesses.”

    Rosalie Liccardo Pacula is a health policy and law expert at the University of Southern California who was not involved with the study. She agrees that information about why more seniors are reporting using cannabis would be helpful.

    “I would argue that the mechanism is more important than the finding that cannabis use has gone up,” she said. “Have individuals been medically using it for a long time and are now 65 years and older or are these new people, 65 years and older, who are now willing to try cannabis?”

    Han said that senior citizens aren’t typically thought of as drug users, an assumption he says many doctors should reconsider.

    “As health care providers, we don’t do a very good job of screening older patients for substance use,” he said. “This is something we need to be asking, and be prepared to answer any questions about.”

    Doctors should also know that the use of cannabis by senior citizens can have unintended consequences on their health and well-being.

    “They’re more vulnerable to anything with psychoactive properties, like alcohol,” Han added. “These substances can also interact negatively with other prescribed drugs, and older patients with more chronic conditions more likely take more medications.”

    https://hightimes.com/news/study-indicates-cannabis-use-among-senior-citizens-has-spiked/
     
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    So get rid of prescription then.
     
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    In my case and I’ll bet a lot of old folks...I started smoking pot when I was maybe 17 or 18...I continued until I started making kids...in those days I smoked occasionally I’d say but not every day...then for about 40 years I smoked maybe a half dozen times...then legalization happened at almost the same time as I retired...I was sitting at my desk at work planning my grow and ordering seeds to make sure I’d have what I needed to get started...been growin and smoking ever since...
    Right now, weed is the only medication that I take...
     
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    Same here, 2RE - no pharma, just farmin'!!
     
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    Not spiked, RE-spiked! ****, we're doing it again...
     
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    OOPs, Looks like I might have used a couple of asterisks there...
     
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    Biff, I like your Fabulous Furry Freak Brother quote. +1

    I mismembered it. Might have been the smoke in my eyes when I read it.
     
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