More Seniors Are Using Cannabis

Gainesville, FL: Older Americans are using cannabis more frequently than ever before, according to a review of demographic data published in the journal Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine.

A pair of investigators at the University of Florida reviewed 18 peer-reviewed studies published between the years 2000 and 2017 evaluating marijuana use patterns among those ages 50 and older. They reported that past-year prevalence of marijuana use among seniors increased over 70 percent between 2006 and 2013, and that “a larger proportion of adults in the older adult population used marijuana medicinally in contrast to recreational use.”

They concluded: “The greatest increase in marijuana use was observed among those in the older adult population 50 years or older, and those 65 years or older had the greatest increase in marijuana use among all older users. … Common correlates of marijuana use among those in the older adult population included factors such as being male, being unmarried, having multiple chronic diseases, and having psychological stress.”

For more information, contact Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director, at: Full text of the study, “Marijuana use among adults 50 years or older in the 21st century,” appears in Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine.