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Mark Stermer, CEO

Mark Stermer, CEO

The growing concern of cannabis use among elders


Summary of piece

Cannabis use among senior citizens has increased in recent years and has become a growing concern for health professionals. 


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


The introduction of legal cannabis has resulted in an increase in use by seniors over the age of 65. The issue is a pressing one – as many groups consider the impact this is having on the health of the elderly. 

It is important to consider that brand and product affinity is formed at a very young age. It is highly probable that the increase in cannabis use by seniors over the age of 65 is aligned to a medical need.  

Of course, the concern is the effect of THC and CBD in combination with medications currently taken by consumersHowever, it is highly probable that the medications taken by a senior is prescribed by a credible and knowledgeable doctor. 

One of the primary motives of legalizing cannabis was to ensure that Canadians who made an informed choice to use cannabis, were able to acquire cannabis that met Health Canada’s stringent requirements.  
While other segments of the Canadian population may continue to use black-market product, it is enlightening to see that seniors are benefitting from the legalization and as a result, living healthier and happier lives.   

Of course, it is important for NAVAYA as an industry leader to provide the necessary information to educate and inform dispensaries and elderly users about the application and use of cannabis products  


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