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Older people are hitting the green and there is research to prove it.

According to the American Geriatrics Society, studies show older Americans are getting more comfortable with cannabis. The percentage of people aged 65 and older that believe cannabis does “little to no harm to the body” is on the rise.

Researchers affiliated with the University of California, San Diego questioned 18,794 seniors over 65 and found the percentage of older adults who believe that “people who smoke cannabis once or twice a week are at great risk of harming themselves physically and in other ways had decreased nearly 20 percent between the years 2015 and 2019.”

Recent data published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society states, “The percentage of older Americans who believe that the use of marijuana poses significant risks to health is declining.”

These studies are consistent with self-reported cannabis use by older Americans and seniors.

“A report from Washington State showed cannabis use up 25% in women and 38% in men over 50, up from 15% just two years earlier.”  

Is cannabis use on the rise in older Americans? Is the move towards complete legalization allowing those that have hidden in the shadows as users for years to feel safe and come forward?

Research seems to indicate both, so maybe now, you can pass the dutchie to Grandma too.