Article by Rashika Srivastava, Cannabis Life Network
Ever wondered how the legalization of recreational cannabis has impacted older adults? Apparently, older adults use cannabis mainly for medicinal purposes but buy it from recreational retailers without prescription – suggests a recent UBC study. (1)
What are the most common usages?
The study conducted by researchers at UBC Vancouver‘s School of Nursing involved 12 adults aged 71 to 85. Every participant had one or many medical diagnoses such as arthritis, high blood pressure and insomnia.
In accordance with this study, a 2019 Statistics Canada report suggests that older adults who are new users of cannabis are often using it for medicinal purposes. (2) Research shows that older adults use cannabis for pain or sleep. Many use cannabis products as an alternative to certain prescription drugs. There is a craze of trying out cannabis and finding out if it would work for them. “I’d been to a chiropractor, I’d been to a physio. I’d never done that before in my life … so I guess I thought, well, in for a penny, in for a pound. I’m going to a chiropractor. What – you know, sitting around in his office and – with all the other nuts – why don’t I try [cannabis]?”, said a 71-year-old male participant.
What type of cannabis products do older adults take and does it meet their expectations?
Contrary to smoking cannabis or eating edibles, older adults prefer ingesting cannabis in the form of oil, tincture drops or oil capsules. Topical creams are extremely popular as well. Interestingly, such methods of consumption help them control and track their doses which wouldn’t be easy with smoking cannabis.