Many seniors are unaware of how CBD could improve their quality of life and how has the stereotypical use of marijuana changed. Because CBD is extracted from the marijuana plant, older people can learn about the medical benefits of marijuana without conflict with the law. In addition, seniors have the opportunity to take CBD in a more familiar form, instead of smoking: CBD can be ingested or eaten. CBD is an oil extract and therefore can be used, for example, in the form of gels, tinctures and edible products.
While this information is only now entering the mainstream, the natural consequence of this is that seniors rethink their prejudices, face the reality, and turn to the treatment of their small and large age-related diseases with CBD.
Here are 7 reasons why the CBD should be a regular part of every senior’s health program:
1. Pain relief
It has long been recognized that cannabis is an effective painkiller, and perhaps the best of its kind.
For example, clinical studies have proven that marijuana is very effective in reducing arthritis and neuralgia pain.
2. Bone health
According to the studies, CBD can help heal fractures and support healthy bones.
3. Anti-inflammatory effect
Because of its anti-inflammatory effect, cannabis can also be very useful in patients with multiple sclerosis.
4. Calming effect
Although CBD is known for its calming effect on senior consumers, it contributes to a sense of energy and counteracts inertia at an older age. This happens because CBD strengthens cells in the human body and promotes complete regeneration. It also helps with insomnia, but more on that later.
Another study shows that cannabidiol has stronger antioxidant properties than vitamin C and vitamin E.
5. Fights glaucoma
There is growing research that supports a link between cannabis and the treatment of glaucoma. Glaucoma, a neurodegenerative disease, affects people’s vision through an increase in pressure in the eye called intraocular pressure (IOP). For decades, there has been evidence that cannabinoids could reduce IOP by as much as 25%, but the required dosage of normal THC is a risk for some patients. However, given to the concomitant symptoms of glaucoma, CBD works well as a painkiller and can further reduce pressure in the eye.
6. Insomnia and sleep disorders
The older we get, the harder it is to achieve sustained deep sleep. During deep sleep, our brain regenerates and removes toxins produced by the body itself. Therefore, the quality of sleep is also of immense importance for the prevention of age-related neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s. Seniors are often prescribed sleeping pills, which has a high potential for addiction and many unpleasant side effects. CBD can help to prolong the deep sleep phase and reduce the phase of light sleep.
7. Alternative to prescription drugs
The number of seniors taking prescription drugs daily increases unnecessarily and continuously every year. However, prescription drugs can be extremely dangerous, causing organ damage, tissue damage, drug addiction and even death.
By comparison, CBD is a safe alternative, with fewer side effects and less addictive features. No deaths or overdoses related to the CBD have been reported.