The waiting room at NiaMedic Healthcare & Research Services looked like any other medical practice in the Saddleback Medical Center in the Laguna Hills, California: unflattering ceiling lighting, landscape paintings, and a smiling person behind the desk. It was the ideal place to attract the target group of NiaMedic: seniors. The saddleback is nestled in the rolling hills of a region that is surrounded by at least 15 age groups, including the over 18,000 inhabitants Laguna Woods Village. But the patients who come through the doors of NiaMedic generally start with the same question: Can marijuana help?
"The short answer is yes," said Alon Blatt, director of business development for NiaMedic. "The constant pain, the arthritis, the fatigue, the sleep disorders, the anxiety ̵
1; we see that cannabis helps with all these problems." The intentions have faded – even in the elderly. Eleven states allow anyone over the age of 21 to buy a pot and another 22 states allow medical use on the recommendation of a physician. Between 2006 and 2013, the percentage of over-65s who reported cannabis use rose to 3% from 0.4% last year, according to a study published in the Addiction magazine in 2017, while the rate was in the 50-64 range 5%, 9% rose from 2.8%. Although marijuana use among millennials is still prevalent, older people represent a growing share of consumers, a trend that cannabis investors hope will continue as more baby boomers retire. According to BDS Analytics, a market research firm for the cannabis industry, 18% of marijuana consumers across the country are baby boomers. In states with adult adult consumer markets, 21% of boomers have consumed cannabis in the past six months.