CBD, short for cannabidiol, is an active ingredient in cannabis (marijuana). Unlike its cousin, THC, which is the other major active ingredient in marijuana, CBD is not psychoactive. This means that CBD does not have any euphoric or mind-altering effects like THC does. CBD, being non-psychoactive, will not make the user high, but will continue to deliver the many other health properties of the cannabis plant.
People are finding natural relief for their pain using CBD. Those who do use CBD have reported a significant increase in the quality of life when used to treat pain, anxiety, and sleeplessness.
Benefits of CBD
Because these benefits are uniquely aligned with the conditions generally afflicted by older adults, CBD has been increasingly used in this population to improve symptoms and create a better quality of life for seniors.
Here are some benefits of CBD use for seniors:
Pain management. Nearly half of the senior population in the U.S. suffers from arthritis, and another 75-85% suffer from chronic pain. Studies have shown that CBD can reduce inflammation and alleviate pain from conditions such as arthritis, joint pain, and multiple sclerosis (MS).
CBD promotes bone health. Osteoporosis is an age-related condition that causes our bones to become fragile and brittle, making them more prone to breaking. This can cause severe pain and put seniors more at risk for fractures if they suffer a fall. Research has shown that CBD can actually help strengthen bones and even help heal fractures. Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, cannabis can be very useful for patients with multiple sclerosis.
Insomnia and sleep issues. Insomnia is very common in the senior population, as it gets more difficult to achieve sustained periods of deep sleep the older we get. Deep sleep is our brain’s chance to regenerate and to free our body from toxic substances. Deep sleep is therefore extremely important in preventing age-related neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s or glaucoma. CBD can help in the extension of the deep sleep phases and in the reduction of lighter sleeping phases. It can also prevent the need to take harmful sleeping medications.
Improves mood and mood-related disorders. As we get older, depression and loneliness are intensified. Studies have shown that CBD may help alleviate stress, calm the mind, and improve cognitive function.
Slows the progression of neurodegenerative diseases. According to multiple studies, cannabinoids, and by extension CBD, can contribute to the elimination of a toxic protein related to Alzheimer’s disease. A 2012 study also showed that CBD can slow the degenerative process and alleviate the pain and spasms of Multiple Sclerosis.
Stimulates appetite. Loss of appetite is more common amongst older adults, causing weight loss, tissue weakness, and metal issues. CBD has been shown to be a good appetite stimulant helpful for seniors.
Some of the most popular ways to administer CBD include drops (in your mouth or beverage), CBD-infused edible, capsule, and vape or smoke. Before incorporating CBD into your daily routine, it is important to consult your physician.