By CrunckNews October 27, 2023

As more and more states legalize cannabis, a surprising demographic has increasingly embraced this medicinal plant: people over the age of 65. A recent study shows that the number of seniors who use marijuana nearly doubled in only three years — from 2015 to 2018.

According to Jorge Olson, co-founder of major cannabis companies Green Globe International and Hempacco, seniors are freeing themselves from fears about cannabis and not only trying a variety of cannabis products, but also becoming loyal customers and advocates in their own right.

Decades of misconceptions surrounding cannabis have plagued society for too long. Olson highlights how today’s seniors were inundated with false information during their formative years. “President Nixon’s initiation of the war on drugs in 1970, labeling cannabis as a Schedule I substance, unfairly demonized it alongside genuinely harmful drugs,” he explains.

The stigma surrounding cannabis was further perpetuated by cultural phenomena like the “Reefer Madness” hysteria and Nancy Reagan’s aggressive anti-drug campaigns. Olson empathizes with this sentiment, recalling his own upbringing amidst the influence of the Arellano drug cartel in Tijuana. However, he emphasizes that education and exposure to factual information can reshape perspectives.

Questioning the narrative on cannabis began when medical marijuana demonstrated its efficacy in treating conditions such as cancer and chronic pain. Olson notes a significant shift occurred with the airing of television specials and documentaries, notably Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s exploration of cannabis’s therapeutic potential. Witnessing the transformative impact on individuals, including children with severe medical conditions, challenged preconceived notions.

The dissemination of knowledge through various media channels has gradually dismantled misconceptions, particularly among seniors seeking relief from age-related health issues. Olson highlights the growing acceptance of cannabis, exemplified by the success of CBD products targeting ailments like arthritis and insomnia.

Research into cannabis’s medicinal properties is advancing rapidly, with numerous clinical trials exploring its efficacy in treating a wide range of conditions. Olson anticipates the discovery of additional beneficial cannabinoids in the coming years, paving the way for more tailored therapeutic products.

Affordability and accessibility remain barriers for some seniors interested in cannabis-based treatments. Olson suggests exploring hemp-derived alternatives, which offer similar benefits at a fraction of the cost and are widely available.

As seniors increasingly embrace cannabis as a viable medical option, pressure mounts for broader legalization. Olson envisions a future where cannabis products are as commonplace as over-the-counter medications, heralding a long-overdue acceptance of this ancient remedy.

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