Here’s why marijuana use is on the rise among older adults, study finds

Previous studies have shown marijuana use is on the rise among young adults, but it’s also becoming more prevalent with a group on the other end of the age spectrum,  according to a new report. 

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Researchers from New York University recently conducted a study, published in the Drug and Alcohol Dependence journal, to explore the trends of recreational drug use among baby boomers.

To do so, they used data from the 2015-2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, which gathered responses about marijuana use from more than 17,000 adults aged 50 and older. The participants were asked when they first used it and whether they used it in the past year, among other questions. 

After analyzing the results, they found 9 percent of adults aged 50-64 and 2.9 percent of adults 65 and older reported using marijuana.

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