According to research recently published in JAMA, the numbers of American seniors over age 65 who now smoke marijuana or use edibles increased two-fold between 2015 and 2018.

“What I’m seeing in my clinic are a lot of older adults who are very curious about cannabis to treat this or that chronic disease and symptoms,” said Dr. Benjamin Han, an assistant professor of geriatric medicine and palliative care at NYU Grossman School of Medicine. Over the last decade, Han and Joseph Palamar, an associate professor of population health at NYU Grossman School of Medicine, have published several papers estimating marijuana use by American seniors.

In 2006, only 0.4% of seniors over 65 reported using marijuana products in the past year, they said. The newly published study found that by 2015, the number had doubled to 2.4%. By 2018, it had doubled again, with 4.2% of seniors over 65 using pot.

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