Senior Citizens and Cannabis

At The Green Solution®, we have the opportunity to serve a wide cross-section of the population – whatever your race, nationality, or gender, we’re happy to see you when you walk in the door, and we’re ready to help you find the perfect product for your needs. While you might be surprised to learn that a significant portion of our patron base is comprised of senior citizens, that fact is actually in line with national statistics.

A major study released in December 2016 reveals that more seniors (50 or over) are using cannabis than ever before. Between the years of 2006 and 2013, there was a 57.8 percent increase in cannabis use among adults age 50 – 64, and an astounding 250 percent increase among adults 65 and older. Curiosity about cannabis among seniors has become so prevalent that Balfour Senior Living facilities have started holding “Cannabis 101” courses for their residents.

What accounts for the increase? The website Senior Directory lists several reasons, including the fact that the stigma around cannabis use is fading. The availability of products like topicals and infused edibles is another factor in the increased use of cannabis by elders.

Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper said in an interview with CBS News, “For seniors that want to, kind of, relax, and don’t want to use alcohol, this is a choice maybe that they will embrace more than others.”

Curious about how cannabis can help you, or a senior in your life? Stop into any TGS and we’ll take our time answering all your questions.