Marijuana use rises among adults 65 and older


The number of baby boomers who smoke marijuana or consume edibles increased two-fold between 2015 and 2018, according to new research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

The research finds use was highest among women, racial or ethnic minorities, seniors who were married, college educated or had mental health issues, and incomes from $20-$49,000 and $75,000 or higher.

And some worrisome findings in the report show researchers also saw a 180% increase in use among adults with diabetes, as well as an increase of those who use both alcohol and cannabis.

In 2015, 2.9% of seniors reported using both. That number more than doubled to 6.3% in 2018, according to the research.

Researchers say small studies have shown that cannabis may be harmful for people who recently had heart attacks

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the effects of marijuana differ from person to person and depend on previous use, biology, gender, and how the drug is taken.

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