Older men using more Marijuana and less Viagra.

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Marijuana use is on the rise among baby boomers in the United States, while the use of Viagra is on a steep decline, according to a study.

The findings appear to reflect changing attitudes toward cannabis across the country, as well as acknowledging what many have thought for a long time that cannabis is an aphrodisiac.

Use of weed increased in older adults males n both the states where marijuana has been legalized for recreational use and in the states where it has not and both both cases an equal decline in Viagra usage have been noticed.

Men ages 60 to 64 reported the highest rates of marijuana use, with 12.6 percent of those surveyed saying they used the drug in the past 30 days in 2018, up from 8.9 percent in 2016. Over the same time period, use also nearly doubled among men ages 65 to 69 (rising from 4.3 percent in 2016 to 8.2 percent in 2018) and among men ages 70 to 74 (from 3.2 percent to 6 percent). There was less change in the use among women.

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The rise in use among older adults is something that Phillip Favila, manager of Sweet Flower, a Los Angeles cannabis dispensary, has noticed.

“We’ve seen an uptick in people 50 and over coming in,” he said.

The survey itself didn’t offer any insights into why more boomers are using weed, but Jesdale and his colleagues suggested several possible explanations, including a greater willingness to admit to use because of lower stigma, increased availability of the drug, lowered inhibitions against use, and proliferating claims of medicinal benefits. Indeed, other studies have found that some older adults have turned to cannabis for help with pain, anxiety and sleep problems and improved sexual performance, the researchers noted.

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