According to the national statistics agency found that “While 10 percent of cannabis consumers aged 25 to 44 were new users in the second and third quarters of 2019, this was the case for more than on-quarter (27 percent) of cannabis consumers aged 65 and older.”

The increasing popularity of cannabis among older adults has also added to the increase in the average age of cannabis users, which has risen from 29.4 years in 2004 to 38.1 in 2019, according to StatCan. Furthermore, there are 10 times as many seniors using cannabis in Canada today than the same age group in 2012.

This is the trend we are seeing, and it also comes as more research is showing how cannabis can be an effective treatment for a number of age related ailments, like chronic pain, for example.

Arthritis is another great example, A new study published in the journal Current Opinion in Rheumatology is suggesting that Cannabis could be an effective treatment for Rheumatoid Arthritis. According to the researchers, “an increasing number of patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) are using cannabis to treat their symptoms…cannabinoids could be a suitable treatment for RA.” The researchers emphasized that more research needs to be done looking into the anti-inflammatory properties of CBD.

Again, arthritis is just one of multiple examples. In 2012, only 40,000 seniors used pot, now, 400,000 have used it within the past thee months.

StatCan also found people older than 65 were more likely than other groups to use medicinal cannabis. At licence to grow, we specialize in helping people, and many seniors, through the process to obtain their ACMPR license to grow their own medical marijuana. That way they know exactly what’s in their weed, and we also connect them with compassionate doctors who are willing to write a prescription that allows the patient to grow as much as they need.