The largest sector of cannabis devotees are older people who use the product to soothe their aches and pains, help deal with disease, and aid mental health problems that come with aging, according to Business Insider.
A new study indicates that the number of people using marijuana is increasing faster for those aged 65 and older than for any other age group but very often, say researchers, the medical community blocks access.
“Older Americans are using cannabis for a lot of different reasons,” says Hillary Lum, an assistant professor of medicine-geriatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine who coauthored the study. “Some use it to manage pain while others use it for depression and anxiety.”
The study appeared in the journal Drugs & Aging and found that a lack of research, poor communication with physicians, and stigmas about pot were…