Jeez – I’m certainly not an expert…
but I know a lot more than most folks about marijuana.
I must confess – I don’t even use marijuana – YET! But – I’ve learned a heck of a lot from a smart and educated family member. Unfortunately he doesn’t live in Canada – so he won’t be able to benefit from the legalization benefits that the rest of us will enjoy in the very near future. He’s also a paraplegic and can still lead an active and fulfilling life because of the use of marijuana for his chronic pain.
What I’ve learned is that having access to marijuana products will permit a big improvement in quality of life for a lot of people. I don’t anticipate that ‘lighting up’ will be the new norm. Turns out that smoking weed is not the best way to enjoy the health benefits of this much maligned plant.
Recently I went to visit a licensed medical marijuana dispensary. I asked them for the demographics of their clientele. I learned that their clients are in the 55+ age range. They are dealing with severe health issues such as cancer, arthritis, PTSD, depression, and chronic pain. They are all receiving treatment through the current medical marijuana guidelines in Canada.
So here’s the key points in this article – Canada has an aging population who will benefit terrifically from legal marijuana. I believe the stigma will decrease and the benefits will rise. I believe that marijuana will offer preventative as well as curative solutions to everyone – but especially for the senior population. Below is some interesting info from Stats Canada’s website:
Age structure of the Canadian population
- Population aging in Canada would accelerate between 2010 and 2031, a period during which all baby boomers would reach age 65. Population aging would continue after 2031, but at a slower pace.
- According to all selected scenarios, the proportion of seniors aged 65 years or over would continue to increase in the future. This group would represent between 23% and 25% of the population by 2036 and between 24% and 28% by 2061, compared to 14% in 2009.
Scroll below for a wee bit of info to help with the marijuana education that we’ll all need in the future. They are both informative and the second one has humour too. Please share your comments below. I’d also love it if you share any info that you’ve come across to help us all benefit from the legalization process that our brave country has embarked on. Oh and by all means – share this blog using the icons below, to everyone who could benefit from future education.
Click here or on the photo below for MacLean’s magazine video about ‘What Canadians Think’ about these three substances: