Seniors…Health, Hemp and CBD
A growing number of states have welcomed legislation making marijuana legal, both medically and recreationally. There are many new products specifically tailored to the aging population. Cannabidiol or CBD is one such product that can be delivered in multiple ways including: oil vapor, topical cream, indigestible tinctures or edibles. CBD is the non-psychoactive part of the marijuana plant. In other words, CBD delivers all of the benefits of marijuana without the high. The positive effects that are brought on using CBD can be particularly welcoming to seniors.
CBD, which is not psychoactive, is extracted from the marijuana plant, seniors can take advantage of the medical benefits afforded by the extract without the head or body sensation often associated with marijuana.
Seniors have many options to take CBD in more familiar ways… CBD is an oil extract and can be added to things like topical gels, tinctures and edible products.
In many cases, CBD can reduce or even replace the use of harmful and addictive prescription drugs.
Seven reasons why CBD should become a regular part of every seniors’ health plan
1. Pain Relief
Cannabis / CBD is a pain reliever, perhaps even better than prescription medication. Handmade, medical, boutique-style creams are an effective cure of various muscle and joint pains.
2. Soothing Effects
Although CBD (Cannabidoil) is known for its soothing effects on senior consumers, it promotes the feeling of energy and acts against inertia. CBD strengthens cells in the human body and contributes to complete regeneration.
CBD is an antioxidant. A study shows that cannabidiol has stronger antioxidant properties than Vitamin C and Vitamin E.
3. Fights Glaucoma
There’s 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). 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.
As we age it usually becomes more difficult to achieve long periods of deep sleep. During deep sleep our brain regenerates and is freed from toxic substances. Therefore, sleep quality is 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.
5. Alternative to Prescription Medications
The number of seniors who use daily prescription drugs grows each year unnecessarily and continuously. Prescription drugs can be very addictive and extremely dangerous for its users, resulting in 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.
6. Stimulates Appetite
One 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.
7. Alzheimer’s and Dementia
Research is currently being done to show if marijuana can 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. Click here for a list of states where marijuana is and is not legal.