More Senior Citizens are “Lighting Up”

More baby boomers are turning to marijuana because it helps with pain, insomnia and lack of appetite. Should Medicare and insurance companies help with expenses? Scroll down to see the results.

They were once flowerchildren, the counterculture hippies and political activists during the drug glorifying days of the 60s. Now, the baby boomers are all grown up. Very grown up. But one thing hasn’t changed: they’re still getting stoned.

However, now the seniors across the country are passing the pipe not just for a high, but mainly for a remedy. According to a source, a study shows that about 9% of US adults ranging from ages 50 to 64 have used marijuana at least once during the year. Cannabis users over 65 years of age make up 3%. The percentage for middle-age adult users has doubled over nearly a decade.

These numbers have been on the rise due to various reasons. One is the fact that the number of states legalizing medical and recreational marijuana is growing.

Health care professionals state that although research in the cannabis industry is limited now, it is apparent that it can be therapeutically useful for several symptoms and medical conditions. Healthcare providers have also stressed the fact that since they don’t have a full understanding of possible risks for older adults or those with multiple chronic medical conditions, they find it difficult to recommend it. Similarly, we know that not all states have legalized marijuana, therefore, it could be a “potential legal risk” for baby boomers.

Laws are changing, and baby boomers are once again channeling their inner hippies by turning to marijuana and getting therapeutic with it. This has also raised questions as to if insurance should cover it. Read more about this story on CNN here.


Here’s how people on the Zip app are weighing in on this all over the country!

More baby boomers are turning to marijuana because it helps with pain, insomnia and lack of appetite. Should Medicare and insurance companies help with expenses?

Totals
51% No, bad idea
49% Yes, natural remedy
Males
45% No, ba idea
55% Yes, natural remedy
Females
65% No, bad idea
35% Yes, natural remedy

No – bad idea

Yes – natural remedy


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