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.
A Major Health Problem for Seniors… and America Today in America, there are over 46 million individuals who are 65 years of age or older.
While some happily transition into this stage, others refuse to acknowledge it. At the end of the day, it makes no difference―we all get older.
Based on that same truth, as our bodies naturally age, we will all face the threat of serious health conditions, and most will be afflicted by them. Findings from leading institutions confirm the unfortunate truth:
According to the Harvard Neurodiscovery Center:
5 million senior citizens suffer from Alzheimer’s
1 million senior citizens suffer from Parkinson’s
300 thousand senior citizens suffer from MS
According to the CDC, 49.6% of senior citizens suffer from Arthritis
Mental Health America found that 27% of senior citizens suffer from severe anxiety disorders that are significantly impacting their ability to function
And these are just a few of the conditions that the older members of our population endure… With America’s senior population projected to outnumber the minor population (under 18) by 2035, we need to think of a solution, and quick.
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.
Now, unlike THC―CBD is non-psychoactive. This means it will not make the user high, while continuing to deliver the many health properties of the Cannabis plant.
Because these benefits are uniquely aligned with the conditions generally afflicted by seniors, CBD is positioned as the perfect solution to improving the health and lives of our senior citizens!
Keep reading to discover 7 Science-Supported Benefits of CBD for Seniors!
7 Health Benefits of CBD for Seniors
1. CBD can help manage pain
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).
By activating various receptors in the Endocannabinoid System, experts have found that patients treated with CBD experience a “clinically significant reduction” in pain related symptoms with little to no adverse side effects.
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.
With falls as the number one cause of death for men over the age of 60, and 33% of women and 25% of men older than 50 suffering from osteoporotic fractures, bone health is a serious issue for the older generation.
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.
3. CBD can improve quality of sleep
While sleeping disorders like insomnia are a condition suffered by individuals of every age, they are very common for seniors.
Experts suggest that this is caused by the shift in sleeping patterns as one gets older, along with the chemical imbalance caused by medical conditions and prescription medication.
Because sleep is the period that our body flushes out toxins and restores itself, conditions that prevent sleep are extremely harmful for seniors.
To alleviate their sleeping disorders, most seniors will turn to sleeping medications. While these may temporarily solve one problem, they create an even bigger problem in the long run.
By combating the conditions that are causing sleeping disorders, such as stress, anxiety, restlessness, and general imbalance in the body, CBD can calm the user and naturally promote a healthier sleep pattern for seniors. More importantly, it can prevent the need to take harmful sleeping medications.
4. CBD can combat addiction
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.