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The Cannabis Now Guide to Seniors and Cannabis

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The Cannabis Now Guide to Seniors and Cannabis

We’ve complied a wide variety of articles relevant to seniors who are interested in cannabis.

Cannabis use continues to increase in popularity among adults 65 years of age and older in the United States. With the legalization of cannabis in many states for either medical or recreational purposes, there is growing interest in using it to treat a variety of long-term health conditions and symptoms common among older adults.   

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More than ever, cannabis use is on the rise for seniors. Legalization has given seniors more access to information that has helped to soften their harsh views of weed and create curiosity where there was once only disdain.

Yet, even with more material about cannabis becoming mainstream some seniors may still struggle to bridge the gap between their interest and their apprehension when it comes to actually going to a dispensary to buy cannabis for themselves.

Sue Taylor Cannabis Now
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READ: Sue Taylor: Why Seniors Need to be Educated About Cannabis

Sue Taylor remembers a time when propaganda promoting the fear of marijuana was at a fever pitch — she admits that she used to think cannabis was “just as bad” as heroin or cocaine.

“I never had any intention of getting involved in the cannabis industry. You know, ‘Reefer Madness’ really did a number on me and my generation.” Taylor says. “I was taught that it was a very bad drug that made people do bad things — especially Black people. And, at the time, I believed it.”

‘Grace & Frankie’: Seniors Who Smoke
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READ: ‘Grace & Frankie’: Seniors Who Smoke

Legendary actresses Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda will reprise their roles as Frankie Bergstein and Grace Hanson, two older women who frequently partake in some sinsemilla on-screen.

Fonda and Tomlin have blazed a cannabis trail on screen before. In the breakthrough 1980 film “9 to 5,” the pair played office co-workers who hatch a comical plot to improve their workplace conditions at “an old-fashioned ladies pot party.” Tomlin played Violet, the brains of the operation, while Fonda was the innocent secretary learning how to smoke marijuana and maneuver in a man’s world.

Seniors Cannabis Now Magazine
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They are former biologists, engineers, therapists. They grew up under the influence of Richard Nixon and “Reefer Madness.” Some of them experimented with pot in their 20s. Others came upon cannabis much later, in their 50s. Today they have two things in common: They all live in a gated senior community called Rossmoor. And they all consume cannabis.

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READ: Cannabis & Boomers: The Generation Gap in Cannabis Culture

Boomers are using cannabis more, with many turning to the herb as medicine to deal with the challenges of advancing years. They are also the generation that begins the demographic tilt in favor of legalization.

New Study Explores Cannabis as Treatment for Dementia
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READ: Cannabis & Dementia: New Study Explores Pot’s Potential for Treatment

In the decades since the medical marijuana movement began in earnest in the 1970s, cannabis has been anecdotally touted as an effective treatment for a variety of illnesses, including those impacting brain function, such as seizures, anxiety and depression. However, peer-reviewed research into the plant’s benefits remained stunted thanks to federal cannabis prohibition. But in recent years, new research both in the U.S. and abroad is finding breakthroughs about how cannabis could as a possible treatment for a variety of illnesses.

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4 Comments

4 Comments

  1. Suzanne

    August 24, 2020 at 10:25 pm

    I’ve used cannabis since I was 14 years old. I am now 64 and still a daily user. I’ve always believed in it’s beneficial properties and have used it to combat anxiety and depression. I will admit that I used it also to recover from alcoholism. It’s very effective. I was able to maintain sobriety from alcohol for 16 years and unfortunately moved to another area where I had no access to marijuana for 8 years during which time I returned to drinking. The results from that were catastrophic. I’m happy to say that now I have regular access and have been able to use it daily for the past 14 years. Haven’t had one drink in 14 years. It’s a miracle drug in my opinion. I don’t consider it a drug but to avoid any arguments over whether it is or isn’t I’ll just call it that.

  2. richard johnson

    August 24, 2020 at 7:11 am

    As a Senior ( 70 years ), I have used cannabis for over 50 years. Sure, back in the day, it was to get as high as possible, right? The last 15 years I have found 12-15 cannabis strains that will address my medical conditions & that was after going to Amsterdam several times, South Africa & Spain/Portugal ( they have cannabis clubs there ), to learn what I could about the medicinal properties. I have now been off of meds for over 4+ years & my life has improved,my PCP knows I use cannabis & supports my use. It’s a new adventure for Seniors, but damn worth the ride. THANK YOU CANNABIS!! BTW, I was @ Woodstock, what a hoot!!

  3. Scott

    August 6, 2020 at 2:59 pm

    I’m part of Generation X and experimented back in the school days for all the wrong reasons, mostly. Now in my late 50s I find the quality and strains have huge advantages for providing a calm effect for anxiety and stress as well as adding energy to my everyday life. I use 3 or 4 times a week and have no issues with others doing the same.

  4. Jon

    July 30, 2020 at 2:10 pm

    I grew up in the 60s. I remember when weed first became popular and we were warned about it. I used to wonder why no one was upset about alcohol since that was what made everyone act in total disregard for even life itself.

    Most of my friends and associates in my age group have no problem at all going to a dispensary. In fact, we are the generation that popularized that plant. Remember the flower children?? Woodstock?? What do you think we were enjoying?? It sure wasn’t beer.

    So to all those folks who were “goody two shoes” in the 60s welcome to the wonderful world of the organic miracle

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