Can it be true that many seasoned seniors are re-acquainting themselves with marijuana after 30 years plus being in absent from a drug they may have tried in their youth—or never tried at all?
Yes, it appears that more and more seniors are coming out of the closet and taking up weed for yet another reason than getting stoned.
Boomer-age seniors are finding out that getting old is a pain. Medical marijuana (also referred to as medical cannabis, medical weed, medicinal marijuana and medical pot) is becoming an affordable, safe and effective alternative for many expensive, ineffective and highly addictive prescription medicines.
Marijuana may some day be the drug of choice over opiates
Ongoing research is revealing that marijuana may become the drug of choice over opiate drugs such as oxycodone (OxyContin®), hydrocodone (Vicodin®), codeine, morphine, and many others.
Marijuana can be a source of pain relief for seniors suffering from arthritis, cancer, chronic pain, Crohn’s disease, Epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, Fibromyalgia, Glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, Multiple Sclerosis (MS), and Nausea. In fact, scientists are studying marijuana for relief help for over 200 ailments and diseases. In fact, for a complete list log on:
Today, stats are on our side. Polling confirms that more and more Americans age 55 and up are partaking of marijuana. It appears that Americans 55 and older are presently becoming the largest growth segment for marijuana usage.
Marijuana is losing its “Reefer Madness” movie image
First, availability is becoming the norm. Almost ½ of Americans live in a state where marijuana is legal for recreational or medical purposes.
Presently nine states (Alaska, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, Oregon and Washington. Washington, D.C.,) have passed laws allowing citizens to partake with recreational and/or medical marijuana. Twenty-nine states have passed laws putting the legal use of medical marijuana on the books.
That’s only the beginning, as more states will be putting marijuana usage on the ballot come this November: Michigan, Wisconsin, Oklahoma, Utah and others.
The US government is becoming more lenient towards legal marijuana in the future. Right now, marijuana is listed by the DEA as a drug with the highest potential for abuse along with heroin, LSD, ecstasy, peyote, etc. The weed has had a bad rap ever since the movie “Reefer Madness” was released in the thirties. Our federal government still considers cannibals to be an illegal drug. But the most dangerous drug label is being re-evaluated by Americans, state institutions and our government.
The reason is simple. States and countries are discovering the drug can be a tax cash cow in the billions of dollars. In fact, Canada on July 1, 2018 will establish medical and recreational marijuana as legal throughout the whole country.
Furthur, Pew Research Center in January 2018, found 61% of Americans think weed should be legalized.
Older Americans seek wellness benefits of cannabis
The overall economic impact is tremendous if Americans find that marijuana is cheaper and more effective than traditional drugs. It may hurt the bottom line of Big Pharma, but it would also help the bottom line of many individuals struggling with health issues.
Seniors don’t have to smoke it!
The truth is that many doctors prefer for their patients to ingest medical marijuana instead of smoking it because there are still adverse effects from smoking anything. It’s not good for your lungs!
As well, seniors to the legal marijuana industry tend to be nonsmokers. Cookies, candy, brownies, soft drinks and oils offer consumers something that’s a bit cleaner, a bit safer, and allows seniors to avoid the negative stereotypes of a pot smoker.
From arthritis and epilepsy to PTSD and anxiety, marijuana continues is providing relief for thousands of people. As the erosion of marijuana prohibition continues, more and more seniors will have access to this therapy and, of course, willdemand it.
The bottom line is that we’re about to witness the end of marijuana prohibition in North America allowing our older generation to receive a safer, more secure medical treatment for those aches and pains experience of a seasoned senior.
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