Lately, when I have attended concerts that generally attract baby boomers, such as Paul McCartney and The Rolling Stones, I have noticed a great deal of boomers light up joints.
Turns out that is no coincidence.
Nine percent of individuals aged 50 to 64 said they have used marijuana in the last year, doubling in the last ten years, while three percent of those over 65 have done so, the study found.
Perhaps that is not a huge surprise, because the baby boomer generation has had more experience than other generations with bud, which surged in popularity throughout the 1960s and 1970s. More than half (nearly 55 percent ) of middle-age adults have used marijuana at some time in their lives, while more than a fifth (about 22 percent ) of older adults have done so, according to the study.
Individuals who used marijuana as adolescents were more likely to state they were fans of this herb, the group at New York University found.
What accounts for bud’s big comeback with the older audience?
Surely, the stigma of using marijuana has diminished. That appears to have changed lately with a few boomers contemplating it cool to act like teenagers again and claiming the name, pothead, with pride, like smoking marijuana was some type of accomplishment.
Access has been made easier with the legalization of marijuana for medical use in 29 countries and D.C. and for recreational use in eight nations and D.C., such as here in California where I live. Pot farms are springing up everywhere including among the neighboring desert cities, Desert Hot Springs, which has been nicknamed Desert Pot Springs.
Some baby boomers use marijuana to ease aching joints or other disorders or to help them sleep.
Whatever the motives for boomers light up, beware, there are some definite drawbacks. The survey indicated that consumers believe marijuana is harmless. However, the researchers were quick to point out that’s obviously not true.
“Chronic use may result in chronic respiratory ailments, depression, impaired memory, and decreased bone density.”
Marijuana users were also more likely to abuse prescription drugs such as opioids, sedatives, and tranquilizers compared to their peers.
Mixing substances is especially dangerous for older adults with chronic diseases, the group advised. Marijuana can intensify symptoms and interact with prescribed drugs.
In actuality, doctors should ask older patients about whether they use marijuana as it can interact with prescription medications, the group recommended, and it can point to substance abuse issues.
To put it differently, baby boomers would be wise to find true bliss in healthy ways.