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8 Benefits of CBD for Senior Citizens

8 Benefits of CBD for Senior Citizens

With November’s Midterm election behind us, and the growing number of states across the country that have welcomed legislation, by making marijuana legal both medically and recreationally. New products are being specifically tailored to the retiring and aging population. One such product, which comes in many forms, is Cannabidiol or CBD.

CBD which can be delivered in multiple ways including oil vapor, topical cream, ingestible tinctures or edibles, is the non-psychoactive part found in marijuana, specifically Hemp. In layman terms, CBD delivers all of the benefits of marijuana without making the user high.  The positive effects that are brought on using CBD can be particularly welcoming to seniors, elders or immune compromised patients.

Many seniors are not aware of how medical cannabis could improve their quality of life and how the stereotypical marijuana user and use has changed. Because CBD is extracted from the hemp plant, seniors can take advantage of the medical benefits afforded by the extract without the head or body sensation often associated with marijuana and THC.

Additionally, seniors have the option of delivering CBD to their bodies in forms more familiar, rather than inhaling smoke. CBD is an oil extract and therefore can be added to things like topical gels, tinctures and edible products.

In many cases, these derivatives of cannabis can reduce or even replace the use of harmful, addictive prescription drugs and their side effects. While this information is only now making its way into the mainstream, the natural consequence is, seniors drop their prejudices, face the reality and turn to the treatment of their minor and major age-related diseases using cannabis.

Here are 8 reasons why CBD should become a regular part of every seniors’ health routine as they age.

  1. Pain Relief

It has long been known that cannabis is a pain reliever to the same extent as, or perhaps even better than prescription medication. For instance, clinical studies have proved that Marijuana is very effective in decreasing arthritis and nerve pain. Handmade, medical, boutique-style creams are the effective cure of different muscles and joint pains.

  1. Bone Health

Cannabis could provide a great need for the elderly as it relates to bone fragility. According to a study, cannabis use can help heal fractures and support healthier bones. Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, cannabis can be very useful for patients with multiple sclerosis. Also Hemp based derivatives have been shown to better help essential minerals needed for bone health.

  1. Soothing Effects

Although CBD is known for its soothing effects on senior consumers, it promotes the feeling of energy and acts against inertia. This is because CBD strengthens cells in the human body and contributes to complete regeneration from Body, Gut and Brain.

In addition, CBD is an antioxidant that promotes the sense of vigilance that can be disturbed by the presence of free radicals. A study shows that cannabidiol has stronger antioxidant properties than Vitamin C and Vitamin E.

  1. Fights Glaucoma

There has been growing research that supports a link between cannabis and the treatment of glaucoma. Glaucoma, which is a neurodegenerative disease (the breakdown of neurons in the communication process from the brain to the body), affects the sight of individuals from an increase in pressure in the eye known as intraocular pressure (IoP). Going back decades, there is supporting evidence that cannabinoids can reduce IoP by up to 25%, however the required dosage of inhalation of full THC cannabis has posed a risk to some patients. However, due to the accompanying symptoms of glaucoma, CBD as a pain management product works well, and may have the added benefit of helping reduce pressure.

  1. Insomnia and Sleep Issues

The older we get, the more difficult it is to achieve sustained periods of deep sleep. During the deep sleep phases, our brain regenerates and is freed from toxic substances, which were produced by the body itself. Therefore, sleep quality is also of immense importance to prevent age-related neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease or glaucoma. Frequently, elderly people are prescribed sleeping pills, which have a great potential for dependency and a wide range of unpleasant side effects. CBD can help in the extension of the deep sleep phase and the reduction of the lighter sleeping phases.

  1. Alternative to Prescription Medications

The number of seniors who use daily prescription drugs grows each year unnecessarily and continuously. Pharmaceutical companies present our government with one of the largest lobbying groups in the country, to promote the effectiveness and stability provided by their products. However, prescription drugs can be extremely dangerous for its users, and can be responsible for organ damage, tissue damage, drug addiction and even death.

In comparison, marijuana is a safe alternative to prescription drugs, coming with fewer side effects and lower addictive traits. This benefit is heightened with CBD and in fact has been used to combat addiction to prescription drugs. Neither deaths nor overdoses have been documented, which are related to marijuana.

  1. Stimulates Appetite

A general and dangerous health hazard among older citizens is the loss of appetite, which causes weight loss, tissue weakness, and mental issues. While marijuana has been extensively researched, and shown to improve the appetite of users, CBD likewise has proven to be a good appetite stimulant and thus helpful for seniors.

  1. Alzheimer’s and Dementia

An emerging trend that is being researched is, could marijuana prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. According to multiple studies, cannabinoids, and by extension CBD, can contribute to the elimination of a toxic protein related to this disease. This is triggered by a loss of inflammation of the brain and regeneration of damaged cells.

While the potential benefits of CBD use are well documented, it is recommended that you always consult your physician regarding the use of any substance. And, further be aware that the use and possession of marijuana or CBD is illegal in several states. For a comprehensive list of states in which marijuana is and is not legal click here.

 

What are the Side Effects of CBD?

There has been a huge buzz lately around CBD. One of the main concerns when we speak to potential customer is what are the side effects of CBD and how does it fit in with my current lifestyle.

As with anything whether it be food or topical everything has side effects. Whether it be ingested or topical each body is unique and how you body reacts varies from person to person.

To better understand the effects or side effects of CBD, you first need to understand what CBD is.

CBD is a cannabinoid, a substance that exists within the Cannabis sativa plant and is a cousin of THC. When consumed, CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system (ECS), a health system discovered in the 1970s and named after the plant that helped researchers find it in the first place.

This health system, which exists within all mammals, is activated through cannabinoids, both those which our own body creates and those that we ingest from cannabis. When we add cannabinoids into our system our primary receptors CB1 and CB2 in the endocannabinoid system (ECS) are triggered. The different effects are primarily based on where the receptors are located.

For an example, CB1 receptors are mostly located in the brain and nervous system, so when triggered, these receptors can help diminish the feeling of pain as well as encourage the release of helpful brain neurochemicals like serotonin and melatonin. CB2 receptors, which are spread throughout the body deal things like cell regeneration or the bodies inflammation response.

So, when we absorb CBD into our system we are encouraging our bodies to heal themselves naturally using the same pathways and methods that we normally use to recover. How each body triggers into action may vary and how your body reacts there may be unintended side effect as that is with anything that we introduce into our system.

What do we mean by side effects?

There are side effects for anything that we ingest or put on our bodies. The human body is a complex system so when you change anything in your system it is very likely that it will affect other things in your system unintentionally. These unintentional changes are what we call side effects.

For example, a side effect of taking allergy medication that aims to block histamines that causes inflammation to your cells but as a result you might find yourself tired and having less energy. This happens as a result of the medicine’s effects, but is still unintended.

So what are the possible side effects of CBD?

The side effects of CBD changes and depending on your usage of it and what other medications or activities are incorporated into your lifestyle will vary. For an example some people use CBD to help lower their blood pressure, one of CBD’s benefits is that it helps relax the vascular walls of your circulatory system letting blood flow through your system more easily. While this may aid in lowering ones blood pressure but for someone else who may be using CBD for another reason and has abnormally low blood pressure may be potentially harmful to their system so their dosage may require some adjustments.

CBD is, like any other supplement or medication and is not entirely insular. The benefits of CBD and when used properly has seen to yield very little side effects. And it is always advised that if you are taking medications prescribed by your doctor or have any underlying pre-conditions/illnesses that you consult with your doctor.

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