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Substantial Increase in the Number of Older People Using Cannabis

The increasing number of states legalizing marijuana for both recreational and medicinal consumption has seen an upward spiral in the use of the weed by senior citizens. However, studies conducted nationwide in recent years reveal that older people generally purchase marijuana to relieve pain and for other medical conditions. According to Dr Mark Wallace at UC San Diego Health’s Division of Pain Medicine, more research needs to be conducted into cannabinoids, the active chemical compound found in marijuana. Wallace says the effects of marijuana differ, depending on the age of the user and on how it is consumed – eaten, smoked, or used in tinctures. Wallace regards cannabis as a more conservative treatment for medical conditions than opioids, a sentiment endorsed by a number of older people who use the weed. Health issues related to aging appear to be the main reason why there is an increasing number of older …

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