Seniors are now full-fledged cannabis users: we already wrote an article a month ago that cannabis use among the elderly has increased by 75% since 2015. A recent study highlights the impact of cannabis on their physical condition: it is not harmful, on the contrary.
Study of the impact of cannabis on the physical activity of seniors
The aim of this study stems from a simple observation: cannabis use is increasing sharply among the elderly. Researchers wanted to understand whether cannabis use affected the outcomes of an intervention to increase physical activity among sedentary adults aged 60 years and older.
The study, conducted at the University of Colorado, USA, is available on this link.
16-week study to evaluate the influence of cannabis on seniors and their activity
The study involved 164 people, aged 60 years and over, for evaluation:
- 28 were already using cannabis
- 136 were non-users
Scientists measured differences in body mass index (BMI), exercise behavior, and cardiovascular fitness between cannabis users and non-users in this trial over 16 weeks:
- The BMI of cannabis users was significantly lower than that of non-users.
- Cannabis users reported 0.70 more days of exercise in the 7-day physical activity recall than non-users in the 8 weeks and were 4.1 points higher on the exercise scale.
- At 16 weeks, neither baseline nor post-intervention condition differed according to cannabis use status, and cardiovascular fitness improved after the intervention in the full sample.
Study results: No negative impact due to cannabis, and even more sports!
These preliminary data suggest that current cannabis use is not associated with a negative impact on fitness and efforts to increase exercise in sedentary older adults. Future studies should gather more detailed information on trends and patterns of cannabis use to understand their potential effects on the health of older adults.