The number of people over age 65 using marijuana is increasing faster than any age group, but they think doctors need to catch up

More and more people are turning to cannabis for their ailments, because it can soothe the symptoms of problems like arthritis, Parkinson’s, and chronic pain. A new study suggest that there are more people over t5 using marijuana than any age group.

Hillary Kim, an assistant professor of medicine at the university of Colorado School of Medicine and coauthor of the study says, “older people are using cannabis for a lot of different reasons. Some use it to manage pain whole others use it for depression or anxiety.”
The study published in the journal Drugs & Aging, found lack of research, unclear communication with doctors, and the luck of being honest due to stigma, are all stopping older people from getting their products.  Researchers interviewed 136 people over the age of 60 In 17 groups across 13 counties in Colorado. They discovered that older people prefer buying from the black market rather than asking their doctor for a cannabis license. They just don’t feel comfortable asking.

Some respondents said their doctors refused to provide them with the certificate required to obtain medical marijuana, they think it was because they weren’t educated on the latest research.
Cannabis products can be an important alternative treatment for many older people, who are often making many types of medications that may have uncomfortable and harmful side effects.

In an interview, Kim says, ” From a physician’s standpoint this study shows the need to talk to patients in a non-judgemental way about cannabis . Doctors should also educate themselves about the risks and benefits of Cannabis and be able to communicate that effectively to patients. Barbara Buck, a realtor in her 50’s, started growing cannabis when it became legal for medical use in her state. She told INSIDER she’s an “David gardner,” so thought she might as well give it a try.

Buck used cannabis herself to help with sleep and menopause symptoms, but has converted many people in their 60’s and 70’s towards cannabis, for pain, depression, and anxiety.
The main reason I grew cannabis is to help people like it has always helped me,” she said. “The only reason I stopped was due to moving into a house that wasn’t suitable for growing. My goal is to move to the country in a couple of years and start again,” Participants thought more negatively towards recreational cannabis than medical cannabis, but they also felt more favorably towards it than alcohol.

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