By Stan Bush
Seniors have become the fastest growing segment of the marijuana industry.
In general most people of all ages are looking for alternative ways to treat pain and other ailments. The older generation seems to be taking notice of the benefits of Marijuana and that seems to be the solution for some. The side effects of taking medicines have been the deciding factor on some of these decisions.
“I’ve generally felt that recreational drugs of any kind were no nos, and I still do,” says 91-year-old Duane Kaniebs. “Cannabis seems to be somewhere in between.”
The World War II veteran who suffers from chronic foot pain says his opinion of marijuana has changed dramatically. “All of these years I thought it was in the same category of any other recreational drug”
Stratos, a Colorado-based cannabis manufacturer, is trying to reach out to skeptical seniors about using marijuana as a way to treat pain.
“I think they have tried a lot of pharmaceuticals and they’re looking to improve their quality of life,” says Kate Heckman, a Stratos spokesperson. “It really appeared there was a gap in education for seniors.”