Study: Over 50 boomers are getting high in record numbers
A new study says that Americans over 50 are using marijuana more than ever before. Researchers at the New York University School of Medicine found that marijuana use among those 50-64 increased "significantly" from 2006 to 2013. Men used the drug more frequently than women, but in general, usage was up all the way around. When asked why they smoked, the users said they didn't see the drug as dangerous at all. That makes sense -- with legalization happening all around us, public opinion is shifting (has shifted) towards marijuana as a fun but relatively harmless drug.
Of course, the researchers behind the study say that more examination is needed, as there may be risks we don't know about. The lead author of the research suggests that there may be risks among elderly use that we just don't know about yet.
He's not wrong -- more research is definitely needed before understanding just how weed affects people at every stage of their life. Still, it's great to see the public perceptions are changing, and that a drug that has been vilified unjustifiably in the past is starting to be accepted by all kinds of different people. Hopefully studies like this will push more research forward, and help us better understand what the risks are, if any.