What’s in grandpa’s pipe? It could very well be pot!
According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, the number of adults over age 50 who smoke marijuana has tripled in the past decade. And it’s no longer just because older people are using medical marijuana. Instead, a growing number of baby boomers say they’re smoking pot just to socialize! In fact, many older pot smokers now belong to pro-marijuana social groups – with names like Moms For Marijuana and Grannies For Grass – which bring people together for regular activities, like game nights.
Experts say it makes sense that boomers are especially drawn to marijuana. After all, they grew up in the 60s and 70s, when using marijuana was “the norm” for many teens. So, they may have tried smoking pot back then – and then stopped once they had jobs and families to worry about. But now that the kids are grown, and boomers are old enough to retire, experts say many of them feel “liberated” to start smoking pot again.
Plus, a growing number of states are easing the legal restrictions around marijuana possession and consumption.
So, many boomers are lighting up again, as casually as they might uncork a bottle of wine.
But just so you know, there ARE consequences. For example: A recent Harvard study found that getting high after age 50 can increase the risk for heart disease by almost 500-percent. Also, a study published in the American Heart Journal found that marijuana users were “significantly more likely to die” from a heart-attack! And other research suggests that having a pot habit can lead to an increased risk for depression.
In other words: If you’re smoking pot in retirement, you’re not just facing potential problems with the law, you’re also facing serious problems with your health!