For the longest time whenever a marijuana user came to mind it has been the stereotypical young carefree person that has been pictured. Not very often does the image of an older person come to mind when it comes to marijuana use. But that may be changing as new research shows that more older Americans are now starting to use pot.
New research shows pot isn’t the drug of choice for just the young anymore. More middle-aged folks, and even seniors, are lighting up nowadays, researchers say.
Some new data gathered by a federal survey show that 9 percent of adults aged 50 to 64 and nearly 3 percent of those aged 65 or older have used marijuana within the past year.
senior researcher Joseph Palamar, an associate professor in the department of population health at NYU Langone Health in New York City believes that although the almost 1 in 10 use is still much lower than a lot of the other age groups. It is still increasing steadily.
In fact, these numbers are double the percentage of those aged 50 to 64 who reported marijuana use a decade ago (4.5 percent), and more than seven times the percentage of adults aged 65 and older who reported use back then (0.4 percent), the researchers noted.
The study also found that Nearly all marijuana users aged 50 to 64 and more than half those aged 65 or older first tried pot when they were 21 or younger. According to Palamar, most of these people used marijuana back in the 1960s or 1970s and are returning to pot use as it’s become more socially acceptable.
For some older Americans factors such as social acceptability, legalization and easy access along with generally good reports on health effects when compared to alcohol have made marijuana more attractive when it comes to recreational use.
The world continues to change in interesting ways.