News flash: Cannabis use is up among boomers!
Every month or so a study is released, then we get a week or two of stories reporting that, oh my gosh, more older people are using cannabis!
Cannabis research studies are great, we need more of them, but… how is this still news?
Especially if you’re over 55 or 60, and it’s been 40 years or more since you took your first toke out behind the garage, in a dorm room or down at the park… and like everyone else, you discovered that actually, no, cannabis does not fry your brain like an egg on a hot skillet.
They lied to us about the dangers of cannabis.
We learned decades ago that cannabis could help you sleep, compartmentalize your pain, and take the edge off a stressful day. But they told us it was bad, bad, bad, and that message seeped way deep down into our culture. And as they were still locking people up for using cannabis, when we entered the workforce and became Responsible Adults, many of us gravitated toward alcohol as the socially acceptable intoxicant / relaxant of choice.
Now, after decades of social drinking, some of us are ready to give the liver a break. Wake up without a hangover. Relax with something that’s non-toxic and has never killed anyone. Get a fresh perspective on the weird shit show going on out there. Giggle at it all, maybe.
So, how many boomers are using cannabis?
Back to the ‘breaking’ news: Older adults are using cannabis more often, according to a study from the Annals of Internal Medicine. Specifically, NBC reports:
Men ages 60 to 64 reported the highest rates of marijuana use, with 12.6 percent of those surveyed saying they used the drug in the past 30 days in 2018, up from 8.9 percent in 2016. Over the same time period, use also nearly doubled among men ages 65 to 69 (rising from 4.3 percent in 2016 to 8.2 percent in 2018) and among men ages 70 to 74 (from 3.2 percent to 6 percent). There was less change in the use among women.
Seniors and cannabis is a trend, but hardly a tsunami.
Cannabis users are still a small minority. The real question: Why are more older people not using cannabis? Are they nervous about getting stoned? If so, I get it. As an adult, you need to be able to function, and weed can get you, let’s call it super-relaxed. But do they know you don’t have to get high? Do they know about cannabidiol (CBD)?
Because once you know about CBD, you understand that without getting high, you can treat many of the conditions thatbedevil us as we age, including the big three:
And wouldn’t that be sweet? We have an endocannabinoid system (ECS) that regulates sleep, appetite, mood, our immune systems and more. Once you know that, and that plant-based cannabinoids just supplement the cannabinoids we make ourselves… it can lower your resistance — supported by a century of cultural stigma — to using cannabis.
You can get high if you want. Or not.
Pro tip: If you do want to ingest some THC and get a little high, you don’t have to get planetary. Take just one hit. Or try a two- or three-milligram edible. You can titrate your dose and control your experience, like having one beer instead of seven. (You can also get baked if you want. Just sayin’.)
CBD actually helps our bodies and minds maintain homeostasis. Some mistake this for a sign of snake oil: How could it possibly be a treatment for serious conditions like epilepsy, cancer, Alzheimer’s, fibromyalgia, psoriasis and others, while it also helps you relax and sleep? It can do this because it helps our bodies self-regulate, adjust and stay in balance.
Call me a conspiracy nut, but maybe the benign versatility of cannabis begins to explain the century of prohibition, and the lingering legacy of stigma. Could CBD allow many of us to clear out our medicine cabinets? Monied interests are very much against that. There are people who want us to hold on to society’s misguided attitudes toward plant-based medicine. To fear that cannabis could ruin our lives. And for a long time, it could. Fortunately, that time has passed. Mostly.
We have turned a corner with cannabis / CBD.
Medicinal cannabis is legal in 34 states. It’s a matter of time before it’s legal across the country. The CBD genie is out of the bottle; you can buy it and use it in all 50 states. And CBD can change your life for the better. It’s simply a matter of educating yourself. If you want to try CBD, you have the freedom to do that, and judge the results for yourself.
It’s a versatile medicine, available as a tincture, in capsule form, and as a topical. You can also get CBD gummies and transdermal patches. In all honesty though, I wouldn’t bother with CBD pillows. Or hamburgers.
Here’s what I do recommend in the strongest terms: Don’t buy the first CBD you see — especially if you’re in line at a truck stop. (Don’t buy sushi there either!) Cannabis is a bio-accumulator, as it’s growing, it sucks toxins out of the ground. So you want CBD that’s certified organic. More than that, you want the whole process, from seed to shelf, to be certified as clean and professional.
Why? When you’re putting CBD in your body, you want to make sure it’s free of heavy metals, mold and residual pesticides and solvents. You also want to make sure it was manufactured in a facility that’s been inspected and certified to follow Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP). And you want to make sure the label reflects what’s really in the product.
The U.S. Hemp Authority performs these certifications, and so far only a small handful of the more than 3,000 companies providing CBD in the U.S. have passed this certification. They are the only brands you should trust, and they are the only brands you’ll find here at Kannaboom.
Be safe, be strong, and take certified CBD.