Recently, when I participated in concerts that attracted the baby boomers, such as Paul McCartney and the Rolling Stones, I noticed that many baby boomers illuminate the joints.
It turns out that this is no coincidence.
According to a recent report by the Journal of Drugs and Alcohol Dependence, more baby boomers are using weeds and other cannabis products.
The study found that 9% of people between the ages of 50 and 64 said they used marijuana in the past year, doubling in the past decade, and 3% of those over the age of 65 used marijuana.
Perhaps this is not a big surprise, because the baby boomer has more experience than other generations of marijuana, and marijuana soared in the 1960s and 1970s. According to the study, more than half [nearly 55%] of middle-aged adults used marijuana at some point in their lives, while more than one-fifth [about 22%] of the elderly used marijuana.
New York University's research team found that those who use cannabis as a teenager are more likely to say they are still fans of the herb.
What caused the major reversal of cannabis and the elderly?
Of course, the shame of using marijuana has diminished. I have never used it, but it is undeniable that in the 1970s when I was in high school, weeds were considered cool. However, we made fun of the “stupids” who often smoked, and they came to school like fools in the fog. It seems that changes have taken place in recent years. Some baby boomers think it’s cool, once again acting like a teenager, and proudly claiming a title, stupid, as if smoking marijuana is an achievement.
The legalization of medical marijuana in 29 states and D.C. and the recreational uses of eight states and D.C., including where I live in California, make access easier. There are potted farms everywhere, including one of the desert hot springs in the nearby desert town, once known as the Fountain of the Desert.
Some baby boomers use weeds to relieve joint pain or other illnesses or help them fall asleep.
Regardless of the reason for baby boomer lighting, there are some clear pitfalls to note. The survey shows that users think that marijuana is harmless. But the researchers quickly pointed out that this is obviously not the case.
"Aesthetic adverse reactions using marijuana include anxiety, dry mouth, tachycardia [race heart rate], high blood pressure, palpitations, wheezing, confusion and dizziness," they warned. “Chronic use can lead to chronic respiratory diseases, depression, memory impairment and reduced bone density.”
The researchers also reported that baby boomers who use cannabis are more likely to smoke, drink and abuse drugs. Cannabis users are also more likely to abuse prescription drugs such as opioids, sedatives and sedatives than their peers.
The team recommends that the mixture be particularly dangerous for older people with chronic conditions. Cannabis may exacerbate symptoms and interact with prescription drugs.
In fact, doctors should ask older patients if they use marijuana because it can interact with prescription drugs, team advice, and may point to substance abuse problems.
In other words, the baby boomer will find true happiness in a healthier way.