Every day more of us 50+ folks are trying medical marijuana because of its many health benefits. Gone are the old associations with marijuana and strung out hippies.
CBD studies are showing remarkable help in improving pain, arthritis, inflammation, sleeplessness, and anxiety.
What Is CBD?
Marijuana (aka hemp) contains more than 100 compounds. Cannabidiol (known as CBD) is a non-intoxicating part of the cannabis plant. This is the most common compound in medical marijuana.
It seems that CBD stimulates receptors in the brain, nervous system, and immune system. This stimulation helps heal and soothe. Many people are experiencing its anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties.
How Do You Take CBD?
You can take CBD internally or use it topically. Put a few drops of CBD oil under your tongue or eat it in candy, food, or capsules. In fact, there’s a growing market for CBD in all kinds of edible forms.
You can also rub CBD cream on to painful areas such as knees, feet, hands, and neck.
Vaping CBD is another option but it’s a complicated method that we won’t go into.
What Are Some Benefits Of CBD for Seniors?
#1. Pain Relief
CBD is a powerful pain reliever, whether taken internally or applied topically. Seniors suffering from arthritis, bone or muscle problems, or inflammation can get amazing pain-relief. It’s also good for general aches and stiffness common with aging bodies.
#2. Better Memory and Cognition
CBD can help with mental clarity, sharpness, and memory. Remember, it’s non-intoxicating. There’s some suggestion that it could be useful for Alzheimer’s and dementia.
#3. Appetite Stimulation
Decreased appetite is common among the frail and elderly causing concern for caregivers. CBD acts as an appetite stimulant helping elders get enough nutrition.
#4. Anti-Aging Properties
CBD is an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. Some people now believe that CBD can help promote good heart health, support the liver, and kidneys.
#5. Better Sleep
Insomnia is a complaint often heard from older adults. We just can’t seem to get a good uninterrupted night’s sleep. Sometimes restless nights are caused by pain. Using CBD for the pain results in better sleep. But, CBD also has calming, soothing properties helping people fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer.
#6. Improved Mental Health
The same soothing properties that make CBD a great option for insomnia, also makes it good for mental health support in general. CBD’s soothing, clarifying action is used to fight depression or anxiety.
#7. Bone Strength
Research is showing a link between CBD and bone health. Arthritis and bone loss are concerns for many older adults. CBD might help promote bone strength.
Ready to Give CBD a Try? Aches, pains, inflammation, restless sleep, and poor appetite are all common to aging bodies. CBD might offer relief, making your life more comfortable.
As always, we recommend talking to your medical practitioner before trying any new medication regimen.