ELDERS USING CANNABIS
I may have mentioned that for the past five or six months I have been using a cannabis tincture of THC to help me sleep. It works well. Bud tenders at dispensaries I visit have told me that the majority – more than half – of their customers are people in my age group that is, elders.
About a week ago, the Washington Post reported on a new study of the age of marijuana users:
”The latest release of a massive federal drug use survey shows monthly marijuana use has skyrocketed among older Americans...
“As recently as the early 2000s, teens were more than four times more likely to use marijuana than 50- and 60-somethings. But as of 2017, Americans ages 55 to 64 are now slightly more likely to smoke pot on a monthly basis than teens ages 12 to 17...
“The oldest age group — seniors age 65 and older — has seen steep increases in marijuana use, as well. In the mid-2000s, monthly marijuana use among this group was effectively at zero percent. As of last year, 2.4 percent of seniors used marijuana monthly, and nearly 4 percent were using on at least an annual basis.”
Here's the chart:
It makes sense to me to me for several reasons. Cannabis is a effective treatment for a number if ailments that effect elders more than young people, an increasing number of states have legalized marijuana for medical and recreational use and old folks are, to a large degree, the Woodstock generation. We've been here before.
You can read more at the Washington Post.
HOSPITAL FOR SPECIAL SURGERY COMMERCIAL
About 95 percent of the time, I mute television commercials or skip through them if I'm watching a recording. But not this one.
Without making it clear what is it they do there, the commercial promotes the Hospital For Special Surgery, it has been running for many months and is titled, The Way You Move.
It always makes me feel good. How about you?
The music is Do Your Thing by Basement Jaxx.
IF ALL THE ICE MELTS WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO EARTH
Although leaders of the world have essentially done nothing, scientists have warned us for decades now that the polar ice is melting and many of us have seen videos of near-continent-size chunks of ice breaking off into the sea.
As a result of all this ice becoming water, scientists expect the seas to rise. And to rise more dramatically that I previously understood.
Here's a video about will happen to Earth if all the ice melts. (The video was released a year ago which accounts for the promotion of a film that was being released then.)
EXTRAORDINARY NYT PRINT EDITION FRONT PAGE
On the morning of the Blasey-Ford/Kavanaugh hearings, the print edition of The New York Times published this amazing front page – an image of Judge Kavanaugh's youthful calendar.
There is a larger image here. [pdf]
CLEVER TV COMMERCIAL WITH A WONDERFUL SURPRISE ENDING
Two things about this item:
- TV commercials seem to be a theme of today's post. I don't know how that happened but there you are.
- I have a vague memory of possibly having posted this one in the past but I'm not sure. Either way, it is extraordinary. Not a word spoken and you know exactly what it's all about.
WHY OBVIOUS LIES MAKE GREAT PROPAGANDA
With the thousands of lies the U.S. president tells that has also given permission to others with such a bent to do the same, I have had a sense for a long time now that truth – even the idea of truth is being lost to us.
New Yorker writer, journalist and activist, Masha Gessen, says in this video:
”There is no such thing as truth. Whoever has objectively more power owns reality.”
This video from Vox gives us a fascinating lesson in how lies relate to power.
CANCER PATIENTS' GUIDE TO CLINICAL TRIALS
This is one of the most useful medical reports I have ever found.
ProPublica recently published a story about how cancer trials are conducted including a long list of answers to questions that any potential participant would want to know.
”Most trials are run at academic medical centers and conducted by researchers there,” writes ProPublica's Caroline Chen. “Patients outside those centers often aren’t aware that clinical trials are an option, or they may wonder what joining a study entails. For patients who might consider a clinical trial, here are answers to some common questions.”
Such questions, among others, are these:
Why should I join a clinical trial?
What are the risks of joining a clinical trial?
Will I be given a placebo?
How much time does it take to participate in a trial?
What if I cannot find a trial that will accept me?
This is worth not only a read but a good thing to set aside for when you or someone you know might want the information. You will find the entire story at ProPublica.
BABY OTTERS FIRST SWIMMING LESSON
Otters, even the grownups, are the cutest things. Here is a big otter family giving the babies their first swimming lesson. From BBC Earth.
AN INTERESTING STUFF EXTRA
This Twitter video came in at the last minute from friend Jim Stone as I was putting together today's post. It seems to me after the terrible, no good, awful political week we have been through, we really need this catharsis:
Interesting Stuff is a weekly listing of short takes and links to web items that have caught my attention; some related to aging and some not, some useful and others just for fun.
You are all encouraged to submit items for inclusion. Just click “Contact” at the top of any Time Goes By page to send them. I'm sorry that I won't have time to acknowledge receipt and there is no guarantee of publication. But when I do include them, you will be credited and I will link to your blog.