It might seem difficult to believe, but the elderly are the fastest-growing demographic when it comes to embracing marijuana as an alternative to using prescription drugs. Check out this article on the elderly and marijuana: Top reasons why seniors are lighting up.
This demographic includes those over fifty right on up to 80+ years old. There has been a huge shift when it comes to attitude and it’s having quite an effect on how North Americans are experiencing old age.
The more legalization spreads around the world, the more seniors are likely to jump aboard the marijuana train. Legalization in Canada played a big role in convincing seniors that marijuana might just be a great option when it comes to health and well-being.
Full legalization in the USA will most likely follow the same road as Canada in the very near future. There is just too much tax money available to the US government to ignore this cash cow for too much longer.
Also, one shouldn’t forget about all the baby-boomers coming of age. Many of them are no strangers to toking up and they are already well aware of its many benefits. These are some same people that camped out at Woodstock.
For days the haze of marijuana smoke cloaked the farmer’s field as happy campers enjoyed some best bands of the era.
Here are a few of the reasons why many of today’s seniors are finding marijuana an excellent option when it comes to their overall health and well-being.
SENIORS HAVE A LOT OF TIME ON THEIR HANDS
When you’re no longer working and have a lot of free hours in the day, why not light up and go on a trip without leaving the farm whenever the spirit moves? After all, for years you put up with the 9 to 5 grinds and you deserve to reward yourself any way you can.
Really, who is going to bother to run drug tests on a 75-year-old senior?
There is actually a sort of feeling of liberation to do as they damn well please and seniors revel in the fact that marijuana use is a viable option for them.
It goes way beyond rolling a joint in this day and age. There are many products including vape pens, edibles, and CBD or THC oils to choose from.
The stigma is pretty much gone when it comes to marijuana use. Soon there will be more people using marijuana in one of its many forms then there are cigarette smokers.
Seniors are well aware that marijuana use in any of its numerous forms is not going to kill them. As a matter of fact, there are no recorded deaths anywhere attributed to marijuana use.
I imagine there are some users who were high on marijuana and were killed while driving, but that’s not the fault of the grass. It’s the fault of irresponsible behavior. It’s as reckless as driving over the alcohol limit.
SENIORS AND THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF MARIJUANA
Seniors are becoming more and more aware of the many health benefits of marijuana. When baby-boomers were young they smoked up for the high, but now it’s for a much different reason.
They are beginning to realize that they feel less pain from afflictions like arthritis, joint pain, or numerous aches and pains that seniors have to deal with on a daily basis.
It’s also been proven that the use of cannabis oils has greatly improved sleep for seniors who suffer from constant insomnia.
That’s just scratching the surface of the benefits of marijuana. It helps with anxiety and depression as well. When you consider how many seniors in North America live on their own, anxiety and depression brought on by loneliness is a serious issue.
FEWER HARMFUL SIDE EFFECTS THEN PRESCRIPTION DRUGS
You just never know who a drug prescribed by your doctor is going to impact you.
One good example is sleeping pills. Long term use of prescription sleeping pills can be very harmful on many levels.
Just recently, doctors have stopped recommending Zopiclone for instance. Apparently it can be habit-forming and not easily discontinued when a patient goes off it. Also, it loses its potency over time and larger doses are taken which makes matters even worse.
Personally, I switched from Zopiclone to THC oil about a year ago and sleep much better and I’m not worried about becoming hooked on it. I also feel much better in the morning and there is no lingering effect. I can’t say as much for Zopiclone.
Sometimes it would affect my balance and cause brain fog for several hours after awakening.
To make matters worse, there is a growing belief in the medical community that Zopiclone (and several other sleeping pills) can lead to memory loss.
It’s being called a form of “pseudo-dementia” in older patients. As soon as they are taken off the pills, their thinking becomes clearer almost right away.
SELF-MEDICATION SAVES A LOT OF MONEY
For those without health insurance, visiting the doctor for prescriptions can be very expensive. Many prescription drugs are also costly as compared to marijuana.
This is especially true where marijuana is legal because it’s becoming very competitive and as a result, it drives prices down.
The interest in marijuana that is building among seniors is great news for the cannabis industry. They are coming up with many options that might be appealing to the senior customer.
These days, it goes far beyond smoking up and filling your home with the not so pleasant aroma of marijuana smoke.
Now it’s possible to purchase cannabis oil in capsules or in a bottle. All I use is .04 of a milligram of THC oil every night and I sleep soundly for around six hours. That’s about how long I used to sleep before developing chronic insomnia years ago.
There are some dispensaries in California that cater to the older clientele. They offer discounts and even a shuttle bus service to and from the retail outlet.
As more and more seniors switch to cannabis for their drug of choice, fewer and fewer will be opting for the big Pharma drugs. This is not lost on the pharmaceutical companies.
It’s not quite clear yet how they intend to deal with this significant loss of revenue that is no doubt becoming greater every passing month.
In the meantime, seniors are enjoying their new drug of choice and instead of spending their final years in depression rife with anxiety, they get to pass the years in a cannabis-induced haze.
Good for them!
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