The use of cannabis products has increased dramatically in the last few years. Cannabis use among adults over the age of 50 has seen one of the most significant increases.
Many seniors (age 65 and above) are slowly starting to realize that CBD could significantly improve their quality of life.
In many cases, CBD may reduce or even replace traditional medications. While CBD has therapeutic properties for all age groups, it possesses properties that can be especially beneficial among seniors.
Here are 4 reasons why seniors should consider adding CBD to their health routine:
1. Pain Relief
Recent studies suggest that CBD could play a vital role in the treatment of muscle pain and inflammation when taken either orally or topically. Cannabinoids, such as CBD, attach themselves to specialized receptors in an individual’s brain and immune system. When CBD enters a person’s body, it attaches to CB2 receptors, which are found in the immune system. This allows them to regulate the body’s response to pain and inflammation. Many individuals have started turning towards CBD as an alternative to traditional over-the-counter nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).
The older we get, the more difficult it is to achieve sustained periods of deep sleep. Sleep quality is extremely important for preventing age-related neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease or glaucoma. The World Health Organization reports that CBD can result in less REM-sleep (that deep, restorative sleep) disruption than THC. In short, CBD may help a person fall asleep quicker and stay asleep longer by calming the nervous system.
Arthritis most commonly refers to joint inflammation, however the term describes around 200 rheumatic conditions that affect joints and the tissues that surround the joints. Recent studies suggest that cannabidiol (CBD) could play a vital role in the treatment of arthritis-related symptoms. A 2016 study found that the topical application of CBD-infused products assisted in relieving pain and inflammation associated with arthritis. Similarly, a 2017 study found that CBD could be used as a safe and useful treatment for joint pain related to osteoarthritis.
4. Alzheimer’s and Dementia
The topic of CBD benefits continues to gain momentum with new CBD and Alzheimer’s/dementia research. Inflammation has been shown to increase the negative impact of both Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. The inflammatory response occurs when the brain’s immune cells fail to clear blockages. This inflammation can often be reduced by using CBD oil.
There are three ways CBD can work to improve health outcomes for individuals with dementia and Alzheimer’s:
- By reducing inflammation
- By reducing oxygen buildup
- By working as a brain stimulant and neuroprotectant
Dementia-related conditions that can be helped by CBD include:
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Vascular Dementia
- Dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB)
- Parkinson’s disease
- Frontotemporal dementia
- Huntington’s disease