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Research Letter
February 24, 2020

Trends in Cannabis Use Among Older Adults in the United States, 2015-2018

Author Affiliations
  • 1Division of Geriatric Medicine and Palliative Care, Department of Medicine, New York University School of Medicine, New York
  • 2Center for Drug Use and HIV/HCV Research, New York University College of Global Public Health, New York
  • 3Department of Population Health, New York University School of Medicine, New York
JAMA Intern Med. 2020;180(4):609-611. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2019.7517

With the legalization of cannabis in many states for medical and/or recreational purposes, there is increasing interest in using cannabis to treat a variety of long-term health conditions and symptoms common among older adults. The use of cannabis in the past year by adults 65 years and older in the United States increased sharply from 0.4% in 2006 and 2007 to 2.9% in 2015 and 2016.1,2 This study examines the most recent national trends in cannabis use to determine whether cannabis use has continued to increase among older adults and to further examine trends in use among subgroups of older adults.

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