Cannabis Use is Increasing Among Older Demographics
Josephine Moss , Editor | Aug 18, 2018
Topic category: LIFESTYLE / FASHION
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You would think with the wave of legalization across the world we would see the Millennial generation seeing the largest increase in cannabis usage. But no! Research is showing that actually Boomers and Gen Y are the largest numbers in new users. The reasons for this are not clear without more formal in-depth research. Incidental learnings point to pain relief or other age related issues as possible reasons for the increased use within these two demographics. - The Editor

Comfortably numb – why some older people turn to cannabis for pain relief

When most people think of cannabis users, they probably think mainly of the younger generations. But it’s actually the 45 to 64 age group who show the highest proportion of household spending on cannabis.

Recent figures on cannabis use in Canada found nearly 5m people aged between 15 and 64 spent an estimated 5.7 billion dollars on cannabis during 2017. That’s one in five people in this age group. Most of this was spent on the drug for recreational rather than medical, which is currently illegal in Canada.

No surprise then that the cannabis industry in Canada is now bigger than the beer and tobacco industry.

Well, that’s just Canada, you might think, but you would be wrong. In Australia, lifetime cannabis use more than doubled between 2004 and 2013 in the over 50s. The UK has seen similar trends, with lifetime use of cannabis in the 65 to 74 age group rising more than sevenfold between 2000 and 2014. In the US, the rate of self-reported cannabis use over the previous 12 months in people aged 65 and above also jumped massively between 2003 and 2014.

The need for weed

This age group have grown up in the decades that witnessed the rising popularity of recreational cannabis use. So they are familiar with the drug and maybe less inhibited about using it as they develop age-related health problems.

It may not be totally surprising then that recent research has highlighted how older people are turning to cannabis for pain relief as they develop age-related health problems – and for end-of-life care. In the UK, lower back and neck pain is the most common cause of disability, particularly in Baby Boomers.

Read the full article at The Conversation

Tony Rao and Ian Hamilton |Feb 18, 2018
Tags: Usage, Demographics, Seniors
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