Marijuana Makes 70 The New 50

By Amy Hansen, The Fresh Toast on

Published in Cannabis Daily

While cannabis isn’t the face of the fountain of youth, your body may feel younger thanks to consuming

The buzz is Gen Z is turning away from alcohol to marijuana and California sober is the new thing for the other 35 set. But look around the corner and you see seniors are also using marijuana more.  Part of the reason is helps the body feel and act younger. Marijuana makes 70 the new 50.  Even Fox News viewers are pro-marijuana legalization.

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The Drug and Alcohol Dependence journal published “marijuana use is becoming more prevalent in senior population.”  There is sound reason for it, cannabis can reduce anxiety, body aches, inflammation and enhance a relaxed mood which can lead to other things.  Alcohol tends to have more damaging affects to the body, especially over longer periods of time.

Science has proven cannabis can have many benefits for seniors. The 65+ set may benefit from cannabis for chronic pain, sleep difficulties, tremor, spasticity, agitation, nausea, vomiting, and reduced appetite.  All key things, but what are the lifestyle benefits of marijuana use.

Help with inflammation which can lead to more movement including walking, dancing, and more. Several studies showed that cannabinoids downregulate cytokine and chemokine production and, in some models, upregulate T-regulatory cells (Tregs) as a mechanism to suppress inflammatory responses. Joint pain can be reduced giving more body mobility.

It can also reduce anxiety. THC can reduce stress at lower doses, higher doses can induce panic, paranoia and anxiety. A small amount, say half a gummy, can help with anxiety and allow you to feel more optimistic about life. A potential benefit is being a bit more chill in the approach to new things.  Despite the changes in cognition that may come with age, older adults can still learn new things and adjust as they age.

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Cannabis can affect someone’s sex life is wide, from simply helping people feel more turned on, to opening the mind to deeper intimacy and promoting mindfulness. When applied to seniors, cannabis can provide an even larger influence, offering relaxation and increased libido, while also treating symptoms that naturally appear as people grow older and their bodies start to change.

Aside from body aches and pains, cannabis also has a variety of lubricants and intimacy oils that can help boost sex, especially post-menopausal women who sometimes experience decreased libidos. These oils can heighten arousal and provide different opportunities for bonding, whether that means an intimate massage or simply something new that couples can try out together.

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Studies show that cannabis use among seniors steadily increases year after year, with a majority of people growing more educated on the subject and learning to use the plant to their advantage.  Dosage is key, so start with low potency dosage to find the right comfort level.  Talk with an expert either in your doctor’s office or at dispensary about how you find the right level for you.

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