More And More Grandparents Are Getting High
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More And More Grandparents Are Getting High

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Old-timers are turning hip - the amount of cannabis users aged 50 and over is skyrocketing.

According to a report from the US National Survey on Drug Use and Health, the amount of 50-59 year olds using marijuana has gone from 2.9 percent all the way to 6.3 percent in the last decade. Its use was also more common than the use of prescription type drugs for recreational purposes.

Why the sudden rise?

The amount of elderly people using marijuana has raised for a number of reasons, and they are reasons that are likely to see result in a continued growth.

Firstly, it was inevitable. Children of the 60’s have been entering this demographic for the last four years, and the children of the 70’s are all poised and ready. In case you missed that - the 60’s and 70’s were the era of free love, drugs and rock and roll. Whilst not all those born in this era are going to be of this mind-set, quite a few people have acquired some color in this time. They could have been smoking all of their lives, but now that they are considered elderly, they move the demographics of cannabis use.

Secondly, why not? Many old people have paid off their mortgage, raised a family and done their hard time working and playing the career ladder – it’s time to kick back and relax. They no longer need to worry about the daily troubles. There is nothing to hold them back. Bring on the Kush.

Thirdly, they realize it’s good for them. Even if it isn’t required to treat a diagnosed medical illness, it can be a great all round booster. Cannabinoids have been shown to have all kinds of pain relieving and anti-inflammatory effects, giving mobility to those who would otherwise lose it.

Then there is the point that the cannabis can change the lives of the elderly. In the words of Vickie Hoffman, organizer for the Missouri chapter of Moms For Marijuana International, “All of my friends are as educated on the subject as I am, and if they aren’t, I keep trying to make them. I can do more things. We play croquet. We do things out in the yard, and if I don’t have it I can barely walk across the floor. It’s a big pick-me-up.“

Luke Sumpter
Luke Sumpter
With a BSc (Hons) degree in Clinical Health Sciences and a passion for growing plants, Luke Sumpter has worked as a professional journalist and writer at the intersection of cannabis and science for the past 7 years.
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