A recent study shows that marijuana use is common among senior citizens. But in our experience, we’ve seen seniors reluctant to talk about their marijuana use. Even with a compassionate use card, many who use medical marijuana are hesitant to speak with it beyond their close friends. So when this study was published, we were excited. We’ve boiled down the information for easy reading. You can read the article by clicking the link at the bottom of the post.
The first known study of senior citizens in a state with both recreational and medical marijuana, use was determined to be common in older people. The study was conducted in geriatric primary care clinics in Colorado. Over half of the people asked to take part took the study.
The study was published in the Journal of American Geriatrics Society. It was performed in Colorado. In Colorado, marijuana is legal for both recreational and medicinal use. It considered current users as those who have used marijuana in the last three years.
Patients at two geriatric primary care clinics were surveyed. It was anonymous and only 55% of those asked responded to the survey.
- Patients at 2 geriatric primary care clinics
- 55% response rate
- 32 % have used marijuana in the last three years
- 16% have used since recreational legalization
- 55% of the users were over 75 years of age
- 25% of the users were over 85 years of age
- 67% of the users obtained the marijuana through recreational outlets (no prescription)
- 44% used marijuana one or more times a week
The survey showed that those who used marijuana one or more times a week used them for one or more of the following conditions:
- Chronic Pain
Why Colorado Matters
In late 2016, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment awarded $2.35 million in grant funding for marijuana research studies. It was aimed to address potential public health and safety impacts of marijuana use. As one of the first states to embrace medical marijuana and then legalize recreational use, it’s a great source of information.
These studies will help determine pitfalls and benefits of marijuana use.
At Senior Weed Florida, we’ve already noticed that many seniors are curious about marijuana, but they don’t always admit it. We found it interesting that while the survey was anonymous, only 55% of those asked to take part did so. But that wasn’t the biggest takeaway for us.
The biggest takeaway was that 67% of the users obtained the marijuana without a medical referral. Yet 44% of these users did so for one or more medical conditions. This is like taking over the counter medication. No one wants to pay their co-payment to buy the exact same over the counter medication.
In a recreational use state, you can get the same strains and products available at the medical marijuana dispensaries. It’s also legal to grow a few plants at home in Colorado, something we find of great interest. Both laws allow people to use medical marijuana and control the costs.
Marijuana use is common among senior citizens. Is this what you thought, or did you find it surprising? We want to hear your thoughts, so comment below.