New York (The Verge) — More and more older adults are using marijuana theverge.com/2020/2/24/2115….
Many more people over the age of 65 report using marijuana now than they did at the start of the decade, and doctors aren’t prepared to talk with them about it.
The percentage of adults over the age of 65 who said they’d used some form of cannabis in the past year was 75 percent higher in 2018 — when 4.2 percent said they’d used it — than it was in 2015, according to new data published inJAMA Internal Medicine. Cannabis use in this group has been increasing dramatically since around 2006 when less than 0.5 percent of older adults said they’d used the drug.
According to the survey data, people with diabetes had particularly large jumps in their reported cannabis use. That might be because some evidence shows that cannabis may help with nerve pain, which chronic diabetes can trigger, Han says. Use in patients with cancer also went up. — Nicole Wetsman/@verge