Several striking studies have been released in recent months shining a spotlight on Baby Boomers and cannabis use. Throughout the lengthy battle to legalize marijuana, the Baby Boomer generation was often blamed for their lack of acceptance of marijuana in our culture. However, these studies say that the use of cannabis by Baby Boomers is rapidly increasing and their mindset may be changing toward the drug.
Rethinking Marijuana’s Medical Uses
One of the most obvious reasons that Boomers may be using marijuana more is that they are reaching an age where they begin experiencing chronic pain and discomfort, symptoms that are often treated by marijuana. A study by the New York University School of Medicine shows that usage of marijuana by those suffering from two or more chronic conditions doubled over a seven-year period. During this same time period, public awareness of the effects of long-term opioid use grew as well. Thus, many people are seeking alternatives to prescription painkillers.
It’s for Everybody
Aside from growing awareness of marijuana’s medical uses, there has also been a rapid shift in cultural acceptance of marijuana recently. According to NYU’s study, it was noted that marital status and educational level did not seem to have any role to play in whether or not Baby Boomers decided to partake. This indicates that more and more Baby Boomers are starting to see marijuana as less threatening, and even willing to use it for recreational purposes from time to time.
Part of this shift may have to do with the stringent regulations that have been put into place in legal marijuana states, which give boomers confidence that they are buying high-end, pure cannabis rather than street-level drugs of unknown origin. This change has also led to some researchers at the Department of Health and Human Services wondering how we should prepare for the biggest generation ever to age with marijuana in their lives.
While the use of marijuana by Baby Boomers has nearly doubled in the last few years, there is still plenty of stigma concerning legalized use. We hope that more and more people will see that cannabis use for medical purposes can transcend any age group and help relieve stress and discomfort. Even if you’re over 50, we invite you to stop by Arizona Organix today and speak to one of our budtenders. The marijuana of today has come a long way since it was first legalized, and we have plenty of options to suit any medical need.