Recently, when I’ve attended concerts that often attract baby boomers, such as for example Paul McCartney and The Rolling Stones, I’ve noticed plenty of boomers lighting up joints.
Turns out that’s no coincidence.
In accordance with a current report in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence, more baby boomers are using weed and other cannabis products.
Nine percent of men and women aged 50 to 64 said they’ve used marijuana in the past year, doubling in the past decade, while three percent of the over 65 have inked so, the investigation found.
Perhaps that’s not just a big surprise, since the baby boomer generation has already established more experience than other generations with marijuana, which surged in popularity during the 1960s and 1970s. More than half (almost 55%) of middle-age adults have used marijuana at some point inside their lives, while over a fifth (about 22%) of older adults have inked so, according to the study.
Those who used marijuana as teens were prone to say they certainly were still fans of the herb, the team at New York University found.
What accounts for marijuana’s big comeback with the older crowd?
Certainly, the stigma of using marijuana has decreased. I never used but, admittedly, weed was considered cool when I was in high school during the 70s. However, we made fun of “potheads” who smoked constantly and came to school fumbling around like fools in a fog bank. Jungle Boys Uk That seemingly have changed lately with some boomers considering it cool to act like teenagers again and claiming the title, pothead, with pride, as if smoking marijuana was some kind of accomplishment.
Access has certainly been made easier with the legalization of marijuana for medical use in 29 states and D.C. and for recreational use in eight states and D.C., including here in California where I live. Pot farms are springing up everywhere including among the nearby desert towns, Desert Hot Springs, which includes been nicknamed Desert Pot Springs.
Some baby boomers use weed to help ease aching joints or other ailments or to greatly help them sleep.
Whatever the reasons for boomers lighting up, beware, there are several definite pitfalls. The survey indicated that users think marijuana is harmless. However the researchers were quick to indicate that is actually not the case.
“Acute negative effects of marijuana use can include anxiety, dry mouth, tachycardia (racing heart rate), high blood pressure, palpitations, wheezing, confusion, and dizziness,” they warned. “Chronic use can lead to chronic respiratory conditions, depression, impaired memory, and reduced bone density.”
Researchers also reported that baby boomers using cannabis were prone to smoke, drink alcohol, and abuse drugs. Marijuana users were also prone to misuse prescription drugs such as for example opioids, sedatives, and tranquilizers than their peers.
Mixing substances is particularly dangerous for older adults with chronic diseases, the team advised. Marijuana may intensify symptoms and talk with prescribed medications.
In reality, physicians should ask older patients about whether or not they use marijuana because it can talk with prescription drugs, the team recommended, and it might indicate substance abuse problems.
In other words, baby boomers would excel to locate true bliss in healthier ways.