CBD for Seniors: About 13% of the U.S population is made up of the age group above 65 years of age. And more than two-third of this group suffers from one painful ailment or the other. Sadly, only 8% of Americas 34 million+ seniors are aware of, and use CBD products. Even when many studies have shown that CBD compounds are of great advantages to the senior population.
What is CBD and why is it recommended for seniors
It is short for cannabidiol derived from the hemp family of the cannabis plant rather than the marijuana family. CBD is so hyped because of its absence of THC substances (the psychoactive property of cannabis) in them.
CBD has been known to have great healing powers to many physical ailments. Like pains, stress, etc. and psychological conditions like insomnia, anxiety, etc. in humans.
Is CBD safe for seniors?
For now, the CBD industry is not regulated by any agency. So care needs to be taken about the methods of administration for seniors. Although every method of application has its advantage, CBD edibles like chocolates or mints, topical and transdermal applications are much safer methods for the elderly population.
Usage of CBD and Interactions with other medications
While high CBD doses are not known to affect the body negatively, it can react with other medications in the system of the elder person and set some complications. So, it is safer to start with doses as small as 2.5 to 3mg a day for the Senior citizens and monitor the effects on their body system.
How seniors should use CBD
The methods of CBD intake is dependent on the ailment or condition it is used to cure or remedy. If CBD is taken to ease pain in a particular area, the topical application method such as CBD balms, CBD oils will prove the best options. For quick total body relief, the use of CBD tinctures can provide the best method of respite. CBD edibles are good products for seniors if they seek a product with a long time of effect in the body. It could be used to solve conditions like insomnia, anxiety, etc.
Is CBD legal to use in my state?
With the 2018 Farm bill into law, the use of hemp and marijuana has been decriminalized. However, laws guiding the use and possession of hemp might vary from states to states. So, always confirm with the local laws of your state.
How CBD can help seniors
Relief from pains and discomfort
A large percentage of seniors in the United States suffer from painful conditions like Arthritis, waist pains, etc. The use of CBD compounds can tackle these pains and aches.
Also, some discomfort can arise as a result of the worn-out communication (nerves) between the brain and other organs of the body, e.g (eyes) glaucoma; CBD compounds can reduce the problems by calming the strained nerves around the brain leading to the eyes.
Aging comes with a bigger discomfort like sleeping, and increased anxiety. CBD compounds present in CBD edibles can help to calm the nerves and help seniors get a deep, comforting sleep.
Reduce conditions like Alzheimer’s and Dementia
Although not fully developed, research is ongoing on the potential use of CBD compounds to cure medical conditions that come with aging. Since CBD can also serve as a form of brain stimulant, it prevents the ‘death’ of brain cells.