As CBD and hemp products’ popularity continues to soar across the nation following the passing of The Farm Bill of 2018, the cannabinoid is becoming increasingly accepted as a beneficial part of people’s daily routine. CBD is a non-intoxicating cannabinoid (one of over potentially 200) that is being proven by research and peoples’ experience as effective in maintaining and promoting health and wellness.
The passing of The Farm Bill of 2018 opened up a whole new world to people, especially those living in states where medical and/or recreational cannabis is still under prohibition. With the passing of the Bill, thousands of companies, many with incredibly talented scientists at the helm, jumped on the opportunity to promote this method for maintaining health.
Coming out on Top are the Seniors
Late last year, a study of 1,000 seniors ages 54 and up was conducted by Remedy Review, and found that 9% of seniors have tried CBD for health-related reasons. 51% of those that have tried CBD reported having an improved quality of life afterward. Over 65% of the seniors surveyed that tried CBD said that their quality of life was good, while only 31.1% said the same before trying CBD.
The increase in CBD use amongst seniors may be attributed to the positive effects brought on by consumption that can be particularly useful for aging seniors. In some cases, CBD has been promoted as a “miracle oil” since it can help reduce or replace the use of addictive prescription drugs that sometimes do more harm than good due to their side effects. Yet it’s incredibly important that seniors recognize that CBD is not a panacea or a “cure all”.
It can’t be denied that when CBD first started spreading across the nation, it did have a stigma because of its association with the cannabis plant. Users didn’t want to potentially “get high”, and they also didn’t want to bear the possible stigma of using a cannabis product. However, as people across the world become more educated about what CBD really is, seniors have been able to drop their preconceptions towards it and see past the fact that is comes from a cannabis plant. More and more seniors are realizing what a monumental impact CBD can have on their lives by seeing just how well it can help manage the symptoms of both major and minor age-related diseases.
CBD Promotes More Favorable Methods of Consumption
Many seniors don’t want to smoke or don’t like to, and in reality, many simply can’t smoke if they’re living in care facilities outside of their own homes. Luckily for those who aren’t into inhalation, CBD products come in a wide variety of consumption methods, including CBD gummies, beverages, topical products, oils, and tinctures, and there is a method of consumption to suit every desire and need.
It’s important that all seniors understand that they will not get intoxicated by consuming CBD. Regulated CBD derived from hemp contains less than 0.3% THC by law, which is not even close to the amount that one would need to feel “high”. However, the cannabinoid community has gotten away from saying that CBD is “non-psychoactive” as it does potentially affect the mind, mood, and the regulation of emotions.
Limited Research, Great Potential
The cannabinoid community has always been up against the challenge that there is a lack of research on CBD to confirm what we already know through people’s experiences with this part of the hemp plant. The lack of research is because cannabis and its derivatives have been under prohibition for so long, and thus, stifled the potential for research on the plant. However, with the legalization of cannabis in certain countries as well as the passing of The Farm Bill, CBD is beginning to be researched more and more, providing more fuel for evidence-based decision making on further legislation, regulation, and its medical (pharmaceutical) uses.
We’ve combed through some of the research on how CBD and seniors are making an impact on the minds and bodies of those living in their Golden Years, and here is a bit about what we found out.
CBD for Pain Relief
Many seniors use CBD specifically for its analgesic (pain killing) properties. Prescription painkillers can be costly, addictive, and even deadly. Some of the most vulnerable members of our population are affected by the over-prescription of pain medication, causing a highly concerning opioid crisis. CBD gives seniors the option to consider alternative methods to treating their medical issues.
In some circles, there is the pervading belief that just because CBD is a natural alternative to pharmaceuticals that it could be less effective. Studies have shown that ongoing CBD consumption is a viable treatment for both neuropathic and chronic pain. In fact, unlike traditional opioid treatments, systematic use of CBD can significantly suppress chronic inflammation and neuropathic pain without causing analgesic tolerance.
CBD is especially effective at suppressing nerve pain and decreasing the pains associated with arthritis and other significant pain conditions, making it an attractive addition to seniors’ daily routines. CBD topical lotions, creams, and salves, as well as bath bombs and bath soaks, can help effectively soothe aching muscles and joint pain by transdermal penetration right at the source of pain.
CBD as an Antioxidant
Antioxidants are important for adults to consume because they inhibit oxidation, which is a chemical reaction that produces the free radicals within our bodies that eventually damage cells, leading to the development illnesses and chronic diseases. As CBD is more researched, it’s being valued for its antioxidant properties that allow it to help prevent illnesses and battle diseases.
Antioxidants are able to neutralize oxidation right in the bloodstream, improving the health of cells. Many studies have linked high consumption of antioxidants with decreased risk of the following diseases:
- Cardiovascular disease
- Parkinson’s disease
- Alzheimer’s disease
Again, and in this context, CBD used regularly can be regarded as a preventative medicine.
CBD as a Neuroprotectant
With aging comes the challenges of neuro-degenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, and other conditions that affect the mind.
CBD is neuroprotective, meaning it can help reduce damage to the brain during times of trauma, such as when experiencing a stroke. Acting as a neuroprotectant also means that after a traumatic brain injury, CBD encourages the growth and development of new neurons, which means that CBD helps the brain heal itself. Emerging research is looking at the potential of CBD to manage serious neuro-degenerative diseases, with the hope that this cannabinoid can restore, and preserve quality of life.
One other thing to consider is that seniors are more likely to experience falls that can result in injury to the body or head. Many times, these falls are due to a loss of balance and equilibrium. Since CBD is a neuroprotectant, the regular use of CBD may restore balance to the senior’s body and mind, potentially preventing bad falls before they happen.
Unlocking the True Potential of CBD
What we have uncovered so far about CBD for Seniors is just scratching the surface.
While they call aging “The Golden Years”, for many, these years can be far from shiny, as with aging comes many significant transitions, including loss of spouses, chronic illness, and changes of homes. For many, anxiety and depression when dealing with these major transitions can become a concern that should be addressed.
CBD has been gaining notoriety for its potential in relieving the symptoms of anxiety and depression. CBD works with the serotonin receptors of the body, increasing their effectiveness. These are the processes that many SSRIs and anti-depressants try to replicate in the pharmaceutical world.
In addition, recent studies show that CBD supports healthy bones and can even help heal fractures, which is important because as we get older, our bones become more brittle and fragile, putting the body at risk. Regular consumption of CBD can help combat the degeneration that our bodies naturally experience to keep our bones strong.
CBD can also help combat difficulty with sleep or insomnia that seniors often experience. CBD helps to regulate the sleep/wake cycle, also helping individuals fall asleep, stay asleep, and reach REM state. As a result, people who take CBD report feeling more awake and alert during the day, having been able to experience a good night’s rest.
Access Quality CBD at Adventure CBD
We could go on and on about the benefits of CBD, both supported by research, and the stories and accounts we keep hearing about CBD’s efficacy. However, we invite you to try CBD for yourself. Please take a look at Adventure CBD’s Online Shop, or visit our Colorado Springs retail location to find the best CBD product for your, or your loved one’s needs.