Study: Old People Are Smoking More Weed

A new study from New York University shows old people are smoking weed more often. You may need to talk to your grandpa about marijuana. “Given the unprecedented aging of the U.S. population, we are facing a never before seen cohort of older adults who use recreational drugs,” Dr. Benjamin Han, a lead author of the study, said in a statement.“With the increased availability of legalized marijuana, there is an urgent need to understand the prevalence of its use and also its effects among older generations… The paucity of knowledge in this area constrains the care for a changing demographic of older adults with higher rates of substance use.” Researchers studied marijuana use among people over the age of 50 between 2006 and 2013. During that time period, they found there was a 71 percent jump in marijuana use among the nearly 50,000 who were sampled. Even more surprising, between 2002 and 2013, the number of people between 55 and 64 who smoke weed increased 455 percent. Though the...



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