New study undermines hypothesis that cannabis is mainly consumed by young people, stereotypes of the stoner have changed ...
New cannabis research often ends up believing who uses cannabis. Today, a new study appears to challenge the hypothesis that cannabis is mainly used by young people. In fact, consumption among the elderly has increased rapidly in recent years.
The stereotypes of potty smokers
In a study published earlier this week, researchers analyzed statistics from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, including rates of cannabis use among seniors.
After examining the answers of 17 608 adults of 50 years and older, the researchers identified a number of potentially important trends. In particular, they found that usage rates in this age group have increased steadily over the past few years.
The prevalence of marijuana use during the last 12 months in the elderly from 50 to 64 years has risen to 9% in 2015-2016. Similarly, consumption rates over the last year among people aged 65 and older increased at 2,9%.
But the study wasn't just about how many older people are now using cannabis. They also looked for other possible links. One of the main connections they discovered was drug use or misuse.
When the researchers analyzed this data, they found that:
»The prevalence of alcohol use disorders in the past 12 months, nicotine dependence, cocaine use and prescription drug abuse was higher among marijuana users than among marijuana users. non-users. "
After analyzing all the data, the project researchers concluded that
»The use of marijuana is increasingly prevalent in this population. And that consumers are also at high risk of consuming other drugs… ”
Age cohorts in cannabis use
The data used in this study is even more interesting when compared to trends in cannabis use in other age groups. Especially in adolescents and young adults. In addition, researchers have devoted considerable effort to studying how it affects young people.
Many studies undermine the popular claim that legalization will lead to increased use among young people. In fact, a very different picture emerges when we look at all the available data ...
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How big is the trend? Twice as many adults aged 50 to 64 (9%) and about seven times as many adults aged 65 and over (3%) reported using cannabis in the past year.
Researchers at New York University Medical School and New York University's Rory Meyers College of Nursing studied how the generation of baby boom addresses marijuana in the age of legalization. Thus, building on previous research, they also demonstrate a substantial increase in consumption among middle-aged and older people.
Using the survey data, the team found further evidence that boomers are cultivating a new appreciation for cannabis. And although, of course, not everyone gets carried away for the same reason… Dr. Benjamin Han, lead author of the study, suggests that the unique story of drug culture in the elderly could be a contributing factor ...
“The baby boomer generation grew up during a period of significant cultural change, including an increase in the popularity of marijuana in the 1960s and 1970s,” Han said in a press release.
“We are now entering a new era of attitude change towards marijuana. And as the stigma decreases and access improves, it seems baby boomers - many of whom have already smoked marijuana - are using more and more. "
Divergent demographic trends
At the same time older Americans are increasingly attracted to the pot. And indeed, youth consumption is down, according to several recent studies. For example, a survey released last month revealed a significant drop in marijuana use among students of junior high and high school in California. And, even after full legalization of cannabis by the state.
This is the case of other states like Colorado, which has also legalized prostitution…. In any case, according to a survey funded by the federal government in 2017.
Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper at Rolling Stone:
“We haven't seen a big increase in consumption. "
“The only increase in consumption is among the elderly. Who we think are either the baby boomers coming home to roost. Or, either arthritis and the aches and pains of old people who find marijuana a better solution than opiates or whatever. "