Starting to date again is tough at any age, but over 60, you may need a little extra help. Marijuana may be the answer.
The ever popular Bachelor franchise is rolling out a new show – the “Golden Bachelor”. ABC calls it a “whole new kind of love story, one for the golden years.” For men in the 65+ group, 21% are single while women in the 65+ group, 49% are single. Part of the disparity is a woman’s life expectancy in the US or Canada is around 79 years while men’s are around 73. But why shouldn’t people date and have a good time when you are over 60? In the last 20 years 60 is the new 50 and 70 is the new 55!
Gerry Turner, a 71-year-old grandpa from Indiana will star in the spinoff. A grandfather and widower, he enjoys pickle ball, sports, and eating out. He is just like the millions who want someone, but don’t know how to start. Many over think they first step.
Cannabis is a way to help people as they enter the dating scene. Marijuana use among people over 60 is on the rise, and some are finding that it can help them return to the dating scene. According to a 2020 study published in JAMA Internal Medicine, cannabis use in adults 65 and older increased by 75 percent over a three-year period.
Here are some ways that marijuana may be helping older adults get back into dating:
- Reducing anxiety: Many older adults experience anxiety when it comes to dating, especially if they haven’t dated in a long time. Marijuana can help reduce anxiety and promote relaxation, making it easier to approach potential partners. It also takes away some of the worry during the first few dates allowing you to more relaxed.
- Increasing libido: Marijuana has been shown to increase libido in some people, which can be helpful for those looking to get back into the dating scene. Intimacy can take many forms and marijuana or medical marijuana can be able to ease into a physical relationship.
- Easing pain: Chronic pain is a common issue among older adults, and marijuana has been shown to be effective in treating pain. This allows for greater mobility and reduces self-conscious in the ability to do things with someone new. A long walk, swimming, etc can make for a great first few dates. Having better joint dexterity makes dining out and other activities more fun.
- Providing a shared interest: For some older adults, marijuana use can be a shared interest with potential partners. This can be a great way to connect and bond with someone new
It is suggested if you are currently not on using marijuana and on medications, you should talk to your doctor to avoid any mishaps. By reducing anxiety, increasing libido, easing pain, and providing a shared interest, marijuana can be a helpful tool for older adults looking to connect with others. As the old age states, nothing ventured, nothing gained. And having a small edible while making decisions can help you approach life with a fresh look.
Another reason why marijuana those over 60 may help in the dating scene is shows they are open to new things and new experiences. It puts them in a mindset that says they are willing to try new experiences including a new person to have a conversation, different activities and untried ways to have fun!