Marijuana is usually thought to be linked with promiscuous teenagers, but using the illicit drug is now getting more popular with some of the people from the baby boomer time of the 60′s and 70′s. From 2002 to 2008, the amount of people aged 50 and older using marijuana went from 1.9 percent to 2.9 percent, according to surveys from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
The most extreme rise in use was seen in the 55- to 59- year- olds, whose marijuana use more than tripled from 1.6 percent in 2002 to 5.1 percent. It is expected that there will be more increases in use as the 78 million boomers who were born between 1945 and 1964 get older. Many boomers tried it decades ago. Some have been smoking it ever since and others are trying it again now that they are in retirement, either for fun or as a way to help with the aches and pains of getting older. One lady interviewed said that marijuana has helped her get better sleep than using pills ever did. Another man who suffered from degenerative disc disease and arthritis said that he was amazed at how well it worked after previously turning to all kinds of drugs for his crippling pain. He now claims that he is virtually pain free.
All this said, Dr. William Dale, chief of geriatrics and palliative medicine at the University of Chicago Medical Center, warns that older people who use marijuana are at possible risk for falling if they get dizzy. He also said that smoking increases the risk of heart disease and it can lead to cognitive impairment.