Since the legalization of cannabis, whether for recreational or medical use, has been rising more in the United States, many people have been curious and become fans right away. With it becoming legalized, there is no more to fear with the local authorities, well except if you are going to bring it with you outside the state where it is legal. The federal government still perceives it as an illegal substance, so enthusiasts are advised to stay and consume the products within the state limits.
Meanwhile it is expected that many youths of legal age are partaking more on cannabis, the statistics say otherwise.
According to the statistics, which is facts here, the number of Americans ages 65 and up who smoke cannabis or partake on edibles has easily spiked 75% in just three years. This statistic comes from a study published in JAMA just recently.
The data was recently analyzed by experts from just under 15,000 adults in the National Survey on Drug Use and Health. What they found out was that the number of the 65 and over adults who had smoked or ingested cannabis, hashish, pot, grass, and hash oil had jumped from 2.4% in 2015 to 4.2% in 2018. It went double in just three years. Ten years ago, this was just 0.4% of adults in this age group that used cannabis in any form available.
This new data analysis revealed that the rise in cannabis use by the seniority was highest among the women, which was up to 93% compared to the opposite gender. The racial and ethnic minorities went up to 336%. Other details revealed that there was a significant rise among Americans over 65 who were married, which rose up to 100%. The college educated elderly rose up to almost 114%, elderly who have been treated for mental health issues in the past year rose up to 157%, and those who have reported incomes of $20,000 to $49,000 got up to 139%. People who got incomes gotten up to $75,000 or higher rose up to 129%. There is a lot of increase all around.
The most highlighted among the data analyzed was the number of diabetics who were using cannabis. It rose up to 180% from 2015 to 2018.
The only caveat to this statistic is that the surveyors did not ask the reason why they consumed cannabis products. The lead author Dr. Benjamin Han could not definitely explain the reason of the higher rates of specific groups of people consuming cannabis. There were notes that these numbers could be even higher than was reported.
The new analysis did not reveal the conditions of elderly who have taken cannabis if they had arthritis, Parkinson’s disease, or chronic pain. However, the main reason why seniors consume cannabis products is to relieve pain from different kinds of conditions that they ail with. It was found in a 2019 Health Affairs report that 65% of people who use medical cannabis in the US use it to treat chronic pain.