In the last few years, CBD has sparked a massive shift in the health and wellness communities as people everywhere are finding natural relief for their health conditions.
Based on the findings from multiple research studies, CBD can provide natural relief for over fifty conditions including arthritis, multiple sclerosis (MS), epilepsy, numerous stress-related disorders, and more.
While its properties can certainly benefit individuals of every age, in this article, I would like to discuss the population most affected by severe health conditions.
Let’s explore the amazing benefits of CBD for seniors and discuss the massive impact CBD can have on this group of individuals.
Could CBD be the solution we need to keep our senior population healthier, longer?
How CBD Can Benefits Seniors
CBD, short for Cannabidiol, is one of over 60 cannabinoids found in the Cannabis plant.
Like other cannabinoids, CBD can interact with receptors in our body’s Endocannabinoid System (ECS), which research has shown is the catalyst behind the many effects of the Cannabis plant. It is also the reason psychoactive cannabinoids like Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) can induce euphoric or mind-altering effects on the user.
First on our list, is CBD’s ability to alleviate a condition that nearly every senior deals with―pain and inflammation.
With nearly half of the senior population in the United States suffering from Arthritis and 75-85% of seniors suffering from chronic pain―this is unfortunately a common problem for most seniors in America.
It doesn’t have to be though.
Studies have shown that CBD can reduce inflammation and alleviate pain from conditions such as Arthritis, Joint Pain and Multiple Sclerosis (MS).
As a natural alternative to traditional pain medications, CBD creates a compelling case for health care professionals and senior caregivers.
2. CBD promotes bone health
As our bodies naturally age, we endure a condition known as Osteoporosis.
During Osteoporosis, our bones experience a loss of vital minerals and become fragile and brittle, making them more prone to breaking. Because of this, seniors can experience severe pain and fractures if they have a fall.
In addition to reducing inflammation and promoting cell repair, research has shown that the cannabinoids like CBD can actually help strengthen the bones and even promote the healing process if a fracture does occur.
While additional clinical trials will be needed to determine the viability of this application for the masses, the results thus far are very promising.
When people are afflicted by a health condition, society’s first solution is to prescribe medication.
While this may provide temporary relief for that condition, it often requires gradually increasing dosages that leads to further damage to the body, and creates dependency on medication.
By the time we figure out how damaging this is for our body, it’s too late. Our body has already adapted to literally needing that medication.
With seniors suffering from a wide range of health conditions, you can bet they’ve been prescribed all kinds of medications. As they continue to rely on medication to alleviate their conditions, they ultimately develop a dependency.
Studies have shown that CBD can not only alleviate conditions that often involve harmful medication, it can help combat the dependency that was developed from that medication.
Findings from a 2018 study revealed that CBD can actually help combat addiction by preventing relapses. In the study, researchers found that after administering CBD once a day for seven days, patients no longer displayed “addictive behaviors” and it deterred the patient from relapsing for five months.
As seniors decide to switch from harmful medications to natural cannabis relief, CBD can help combat and alleviate the withdrawal and relapsing behaviors that will arise during this process.
5. CBD can improve heart health
According to the American College of Cardiology, heart disease is the most common condition amongst older adults and the #1 cause of death for this age group.
Based on the research from recent studies, CBD may be an effective and natural treatment for high blood pressure.
A 2017 study treated 10 men with one 600 mg dose of CBD and found that it reduced the resting blood pressure of the subjects. In this same study, researchers also administered stress tests to determine the effects CBD had on the subject’s stress response and found that the subject’s exhibited a lower blood pressure increase than normal.
In addition to reducing high blood pressure, studies found that the antioxidant properties of CBD may help reduce cardiac inflammation and can deter cell death caused from oxidative stress.
The researchers in charge of the study believed that the results “strongly suggest that it [CBD] may have great therapeutic potential in the treatment of diabetic complications, and perhaps other cardiovascular disorders, by attenuating oxidative/nitrosative stress, inflammation, cell death and fibrosis.”
By reducing blood pressure and deterring inflammation and cell death in the heart, CBD can significantly improve overall heart health and serve as a preventive measure against serious health conditions.
While it’s still early to make a conclusive assessment, the studies below have shown some promising results
2007 study showing that CBD can reduce the neuro-inflammation associated with Alzheimer’s disease by attenuating Abeta evoked neuro-inflammatory responses
2015 study discussing how cannabinoids can reduce the agitation and aggression of Alzheimer’s disease
2014 study explaining how CBD can prevent the development of the social recognition
deficits associated with Alzheimer’s Disease
2012 study showing how CBD can slow the degenerative process and alleviate the pain and spasms of Multiple Sclerosis
2017 study examining the effectiveness of CBD in treating neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Huntington’s and ALS
And the list goes on…
As you can see from the findings reported in these studies, there is a substantial amount of evidence supporting the neuroprotective benefits of CBD.
As more clinical trials are conducted, the evidence will become more and more evident. In the future, CBD could become one of the primary treatment methods for seniors suffering from neurodegenerative diseases.
7. CBD can improve mood and alleviate mood-related disorders
While we all deal with mood swings, as we start to experience the major changes associated with getting older―like the decline of health, disabilities, or the loss of a loved one―these mood swings can often become greatly intensified.
While studies have shown that CBD can effectively alleviate mood-related disorders, the thing that seniors need more than anything is to know that they aren’t forgotten…
It’s probably not a comfortable situation to talk about, but we can often get so involved with our lives that we forget these special people. Overtime, this can take a serious toll on their mental, physical, and psychological health.
While we try to make the most of it, nobody enjoys getting old, especially if they have to do it alone.
Whether it be your grandparent or parent―if there’s an older person in your life who you know could use some company, make the effort to spend some time with them. These are going to be some of the most precious moments you can share with them, and It will make a big difference in their health and lives.
Now, with that being said, that ends the last benefit of CBD for seniors on our list. I hope that this article brought value to your life and helped you understand the many benefits of CBD for seniors. More so, I hope that it inspired you to help a senior in your life find relief for their condition, or (if you’re the senior) encouraged you to find relief for your condition with CBD.
Thanks so much for reading our article and don’t forget to always remember the seniors in your life.
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