Cannabis Use Among Seniors ‘Accelerating’ Post Legalization: Statistics Canada Study

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Cannabis use among seniors 'accelerating' post legalization: Statistics Canada study Cannabis is shown in a display jar on the first morning of opening for a Toronto retail store licensed to sell cannabis in Ontario on April 1, 2019. Cannabis is shown in a display jar on the first morning of opening for a Toronto retail store licensed to sell Cannabis in Ontario, on Monday, April 1, 2019. Chris Young Cannabis use among seniors 'accelerating' post legalization: Statistics Canada study BY NEWS STAFFPOSTED OCT 31, 2019 2:48 PM EDT LAST UPDATED OCT 31, 2019 AT 5:09 PM EDT CANNABIS Cannabis is shown in a display jar on the first morning of opening for a Toronto retail store licensed to sell cannabis in Ontario on April 1, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young Close caption Summary Cannabis consumption among seniors has been accelerating One-quarter of seniors who use cannabis are new users Seniors are more likely to use cannabis for medical reasons Percentage of cannabis users reporting that they began using in the past three months, by age group, household population aged 15 years and older. (STATISTICS CANADA TABLE)

While seniors are less likely to use cannabis than other age groups, consumption in that particular demographic is growing at a faster rate compared to others, a new Statistics Canada survey said Wednesday.

“Cannabis use is less common among seniors than it is in other age groups (7 per cent, compared with 10 per cent at ages 45 to 64, 25 per cent at ages 25 to 44, and 26 per cent at ages 15 to 24),” a Statistics Canada release said. “However, cannabis consumption among seniors has been accelerating at a much faster pace than it has among other age groups.”

The federal agency also reported that more than one-quarter of seniors who use cannabis are new users.

“While 10 per cent of cannabis consumers aged 25 to 44 were new users in the second and third quarters of 2019, this was the case for more than one-quarter (27 per cent) of cannabis consumers aged 65 and older,” the agency said.

Statistics Canada also found that seniors are less likely to use cannabis products on a daily basis, however, seniors are more likely to use cannabis for medical reasons.

“More than half (52 per cent) of seniors aged 65 and older reported using cannabis exclusively for medical reasons, while the remaining seniors were evenly split between non-medical only (24 per cent) and both medical and non-medical reasons (24 per cent),” the agency reported.

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