The Many Reasons Seniors Are Taking CBD

Seniors and Elderly Turning to CBD for a Better Quality of Life

 

CBD is sometimes mistaken for an illegal substance. In December 2018, the Farm Act was passed, which legalized the cultivation and sale of hemp products nationally, yet only 9% of seniors have tried CBD.  Remarkably, 51% of those that have tried it showed an improved quality of life afterward.  According to The Population Reference Bureau, "The number of Americans ages 65 and older is projected to nearly double from 52 million in 2018 to 95 million by 2060, and the 65-and-older age group's share of the total population will rise from 16 percent to 23 percent."

CBD has become one naturally occurring supplement that is more popular among the younger population and pets but is increasingly becoming popular among seniors. Research has shown that CBD has various benefits that might help seniors have a better quality of life.  Aches, pains, soreness, lack of sleep, discomfort, etc. tend to be popular reasons seniors are now turning to CBD.

It's no secret that aging tends to bring declining health along with it.  CBD can help you get through that time of difficulty and keep you feeling healthy and strong.  One of the most incredible things about taking CBD is that it comes in so many forms.  With the option of capsules, tinctures, gummies, creams & lotions, etc., there's virtually some form of CBD for everyone. One of the most popular forms of CBD is tinctures or drops.  Drops can be applied under the tongue, added to food and beverages, or even rubbed into the skin. The elderly find using drops an easy and simple way to get CBD into their system to treat one of a long list of ailments the compound has positively impacted.  Tinctures or drops have a rapid absorption rate, which means it sinks into your body quickly and can take effect more quickly. 

Along with the cost-efficiency of taking CBD vs. the increasingly high cost of medication drugs and its side effects, elders are looking for a less expensive and more natural way to improve their quality of life.  Here are a few reasons seniors are incorporating CBD into their daily health routine.

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  • Pain management - CBD can be considered a safer and better option for pain relief than traditional medicines. The cannabinoids interact with the CB1 and CB2 receptors in cells. Each cell in your body has these receptors, and CBD stimulates them in such a manner that they produce healthy cells. This reduces inflammation and swelling, causing many joints and muscle pain, such as osteoarthritis.
  • Improves sleep - Seniors tend to suffer from many forms of sleep disorders. Though CBD is not known to give you the effect of being "high," it does have the relaxing agents which can help to keep you calm and relaxed. It has been known to help with inflammation and the nagging discomfort that can make a good night's sleep impossible.
  • Anxiety release - Researchers think that CBD consumption might change how the brain responds to serotonin; this chemical is closely related to mental health. Thus, it is found that it might help with the anxiety issues as well.
  • Bone health – It's been observed that CBD has anti-inflammatory properties, which can help the elderly to gain their bone strength. According to a study, cannabis use can also help heal fractures and support healthier bones.
  • Glaucoma – Glaucoma is a neurodegenerative disease that affects the eyesight of the individual. A lot of research has been conducted, and it was found that CBD might help to benefit those who suffer from Glaucoma by reducing the pressure on the eyes and giving it a cooler effect.
  • Stimulates appetite - A general and the most dangerous health hazard among seniors is the loss of appetite, which further causes weight loss, tissue loss, and weakens mental health. Consumption of CBD is believed to increase the appetite and help with digestive function and gut issues as well.
  • Heart health - Researchers found that one of the many benefits of CBD is that it improves heart health. Weak heart issues are commonly seen in seniors, and they face difficulty in dealing with it. CBD has been known to benefit heart health and those that suffer from it.
  • Cancer treatment - CBD can also play a very important role in the treatment of cancer. It has shown the properties can help treat nausea and vomiting from chemotherapy. A few studies have even shown that it can help with neuropathic pain caused by nerve damage. It's also shown to slow or reduce the spread of some forms of cancer, and the patients tend to need less pain medicine.
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  • Brain Health- CBD has also been known to positively reduce the risk of some mental diseases such as Alzheimer's and Dementia. With the neuroprotective properties in CBD, it's been found to combat neurodegeneration by introducing a protective layer by helping to prevent damaging tissues from developing into an issue.
In conclusion, CBD has been shown to have a positive impact on the growing numbers of seniors.  While it's a retaliative new treatment, the benefits have shown to be positive and have a great deal of promise. While it has been proven save, we always recommend that you consult a physician before taking any new supplement.