Experts Offer Tips on Integrating Medical Marijuana Into Geriatric Practice – MPR

Cannabis is “one of the most widely used and controversial substances worldwide.”1 Although it is federally prohibited in the United States, 30 states and the District of Columbia have legalized some form of medical marijuana, and 8 states and DC have also legalized recreational marijuana for adults.2 According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), cannabis use in the United States has increased dramatically in the last decade from 14.5 million people (5.8% of people 12 years of age) to 19.8 million (about 7.5%) in 2013.3

Marijuana use by older adults is also rising. A study by the National Survey of Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) found that from 2002-2014 the proportion of adults aged 50 to 64 who reported cannabis use in the past year more than tripled from 2.9% to 9.0%.4 Among adults age 65 or older, there was more than a ten-fold increase (from 0.2% to

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