Recently, when I’ve attended concerts that have a tendency to attract baby boomers, such as for example Paul McCartney and The Rolling Stones, I’ve noticed plenty of boomers illuminating joints.
Works out that’s no coincidence.
Based on a recent report in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence, more baby boomers are employing weed and other cannabis products.
Nine percent of people aged 50 to 64 said they’ve used marijuana before year, doubling before decade, while three percent of those over 65 did so, the investigation found.
Perhaps that’s not really a big surprise, since the child boomer generation has had more experience than other generations with marijuana, which surged in popularity through the 1960s and 1970s. More than half (almost 55%) of middle-age adults have used marijuana at some point in their lives, while over a fifth (about 22%) of older adults did 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 through the 70s. Jungle Boys Uk However, we made fun of “potheads” who smoked constantly and stumbled on school fumbling around like fools in a fog bank. That seems to have changed lately with some boomers considering it cool to do something 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 used in 29 states and D.C. and for recreational used 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 relieve aching joints and other ailments or to greatly help them sleep.
Whatever the reasons for boomers illuminating, beware, there are some definite pitfalls. The survey indicated that users think marijuana is harmless. But the researchers were quick to point out that is clearly not the case.
“Acute adverse 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 specially dangerous for older adults with chronic diseases, the team advised. Marijuana may intensify symptoms and interact with prescribed medications.
In fact, physicians should ask older patients about whether they use marijuana because it can interact with prescription drugs, the team recommended, and it could indicate substance abuse problems.
Put simply, baby boomers would do well to get true bliss in healthier ways.