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Ayres: Cannabis in the ‘Golden Years’ continues to find niche

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By Colby Ayres | Point of View

There’s a surprising new segment of the population embracing the cannalifestyle — seniors.

Multiple studies show that the number of adults ages 65+ who use cannabis has increased in recent years. As someone who has built a career in the marijuana industry, I’ve seen this trend first-hand.

Colby Ayres, publisher at AZmarijuana.com

It’s no surprise that, since cannabis was legalized in Arizona, a lot of the stigma has gone away, which I think has attracted those who may have never considered trying it before.

A lot of cannabis businesses are noticing this trend as well and will often have senior discounts or make sure to take extra time with older adults who are new to cannabis to explain the ins and outs of different products that are available.

For many older adults, cannabis is often seen as a viable alternative to opioids and other pain or prescription medications. Research has found that marijuana can potentially help with insomnia, anxiety and chronic pain, and has even been used in treatment plans for Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, arthritis and sleep disorders—all health issues that seniors often face.

On AZmarijuana.com, we offer a lot of resources that outline the health benefits of cannabis — whether it’s for medical or adult use. There is so much research, past and present, to back up the fact that cannabis can be a viable option for seniors looking for ways to relieve pain and address other medical issues. We also offer resources like a list of marijuana-friendly doctors and more important information for those new to cannabis, especially seniors.

For seniors who enjoyed cannabis in their youth — or those who are first-timers — cannabis looks different now than in the past and can even be described as “more approachable.” Edibles, tinctures, vapes and even topicals are often easier ways for older consumers to access the benefits of cannabis. Dosages have also changed compared to the cannabis that older adults may remember. I recommend talking to a dispensary employee to learn more.

I think it’s a positive that cannabis is becoming more accepted and even embraced by older generations. I hope that more seniors feel comfortable to try cannabis to improve their quality of life.

Editor’s note: Mr. Ayres is publisher at AZmarijuana.com.

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