Study: Older Adults Are Using Cannabis At Higher Rates

A new study is shedding light on the marijuana habits of middle-aged adults and seniors. And the results aren’t that surprising, considering older adults tend to lean on the plant for medicinal purposes. But what is unexpected is that, according to the study, these same cannabis users are more at risk for developing other drug habits.

The study, published in the Drug and Alcohol Dependence journal, describes the study as  a cross-sectional analysis of responses from 17,608 adults aged 50 years and older from the 2015 and 2016 administrations of the National Survey on Drug Use and Health. It found, “prevalence of past-year marijuana use…estimated and compared between middle-aged adults (age 50–64) and older adults (≥65).”

It turns out that, “Marijuana use is becoming more prevalent in this population.” But as mentioned earlier, the study also claims that senior cannabis users are at a higher risk for other drug use, including that

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