Michigan Senior Marijuana Use Rising Fast And Becoming Dangerous
Is it ironic that the generation that "turned on" in the 60s may have to turn it off in the 20s? Maybe you can't just get back on the horse again. Maybe it's not like riding a bike. Maybe I should stop with the cliches. Unfortunately in some cases, it's not a giggling matter.
According to an article on wnem.com, the numbers of American seniors over age 65 who now smoke marijuana or use edibles increased two-fold between 2015 and 2018, according to research published Monday in JAMA. One expert said they find it fascinating that people who would never touch an illegal drug are now trying to get it, even if it's just for medical purposes. They're seeing a lot of older adults who are very curious about cannabis to treat various conditions, ailments and diseases.
One of the major concerns, with many baby boomers who tried weed in the 1960s and '70s, is the change in the nature of marijuana over the years. Weed has been getting stronger over the past few decades and a lot of these seniors don't take dosing seriously, especially edibles. They think 'What's the big deal? I used to do this when I was a kid. This is a very different situation. There are stories about people eating a whole marijuana cookie or brownie and then call 911 because they think they're dying.