Senior Citizens Embrace Medicinal Cannabis: Use up 250%

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.

In a related study published in Health Affairs, Ashley C. Bradford of the Department of Public Administration and Policy at the University of Georgia and W. David Bradford Ph.D. from the School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Georgia analyzed the quarterly data provided on all fee-for-service Medicaid prescriptions between 2007 and 2014. Read More…