Study: Boomers Smoking More Cannabis | Cannabis Now

  • Cannabis use continues to increase in popularity among adults 65 years of age and older in the United States.
  • With the legalization of cannabis in many states for either medical or ” recreational” purposes, there is growing interest in using it to treat a variety of long-term health conditions and symptoms common among older adults.
  • ” Our study shows cannabis use is increasingly popular nationwide among older adults,” says the study’s lead author, Benjamin Han, assistant professor of geriatric medicine and population health at NYU Grossman School of Medicine.
  • Han added an implicit reference to the paucity of research on the health impacts of cannabis (without actually saying that this research has long been bottle-necked by federal policy): ” As more older adults use cannabis, whether for therapeutic or recreational purposes, it is important for health care providers to counsel their patients despite the very limited evidence base on the benefits and harms of cannabis use among older adults.
  • ” We need to continue to study both the risks and benefits of marijuana use, especially among older individuals,” says another senior author of the study, Joseph Palamar, associate professor of population health at the Grossman School.

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