Senior Citizens Embrace Medicinal Cannabis: Use up 250%


Far from a gateway drug, marijuana helps today’s senior citizens exit the vicious cycle of pharmaceuticals and addiction.

Although marijuana was once considered a dangerous recreational drug by many senior citizens, today’s elderly are among the fastest growing demographic within the cannabis industry.

Another sector demonstrating elevated use, those adults aged 50-65 increased their overall consumption rate by 57.8% between 2006 and 2013.

The analysis of a 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, which examined the demographic trends among cannabis users in the United States found:

“The prevalence of past-year cannabis use among adults aged ≥ 50 increased significantly from 2006/07 to 2012/13, with a 57.8% relative increase for adults aged 50–64 (linear trend P < 0.001) and a 250% relative increase for those aged ≥ 65.”

More than just an interesting statistic, this trend represents real a threat to the pharmaceutical industry’s bottom line.


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