The clinical evidence suggests that the greatest danger faced by boomers who use cannabis is heart disease. Getting high can increase your heart rate by about 40 beats per minute and cause unusual blood pressure fluctuations, which may in turn temporarily boost the odds of a heart attack. In 2001, a team of researchers from the Harvard Medical School found that smoking marijuana causes a transient, fivefold increase in risk. (Exercise, sexual activity, and bouts of anger can cause similar short-term risks.)The chronic raises your heart rate? Who knew? Now on to the personal stuff.
I'm in my late 30's and my parents are not baby boomers - they're close in age, but far in culture. So it was even funnier for me, imagining my mom or dad asking about mary jane. If I remember correctly, as it did come up once, they have never tried it. So I doubt that they ever will, but just in case: Rents, if you want some ganja, I'll hook you up.
I think my peeps, Generation X, will likely follow the boomer pattern described in the article: youthful and salad days puffing, going dry during the children years, and re-toking as old fogies. That fits for me so far, although maybe puffing isn't quite strong enough to describe my relationship with the buds. Some have said that I really liked weed - I can't say I dispute that. But I haven't had the wacky tobacky for many years now, and as my son is only 5, that will likely continue for quite some time.
I look forward to reading some comments on this post, especially from one possible Pot Momma currently west of Joshua Tree, east of Los Angeles, north of the Salton Sea, and south of Barstow.