As more and more people embrace CBD, replacing their pharmaceutical medications with it in their medicine cabinet, the senior citizens among us are also benefitting from its medicinal effects.
CBD is short for Cannabidiol, one of the compounds in cannabis and hemp that is alleged to have medicinal value. People who want to feel calm, need pain relief, or help to sleep, use CBD. When most people think of cannabis, they think about getting high, but that’s down to another compound in the plant called THC. However, these days, cannabis compounds are isolated and extracted separately, meaning one can choose the great medicinal effects of cannabis but without the stoned sensations and disorientation.
A recent Remedy Review study of 1000 people aged 54 and over who used CBD came back with some interesting results. While the study found that only 9 percent of the seniors surveyed use CBD, at least 51 percent of that 9 percent reported “improved quality of life” overall. The survey also looked at the preferred delivery method for CBD for seniors and found that CBD Oil Drops were the most popular.
54.4 percent of participants preferred taking CBD drops on the tongue. 21.1 percent preferred to put those drops in their morning coffee or other beverage. While another 21.1 percent like to take their CBD in an edible form such as CBD gummies. 15.6 percent favored CBD capsules and pills. And just 10 percent of the people surveyed said they liked to smoke or vaporize CBD.
The statistics on the reasons why seniors take CBD was also interesting. 42 percent said they took CBD for inflammation. Just around 41 percent said they took CBD to help with chronic pain. 38.6 percent use it to try and get a good night’s sleep. And 31.8 percent said they use CBD for arthritis pain. Interestingly, around 61 percent of the seniors who tried CBD said it helped to ease pain, while about 46 percent said it aided them with a good night’s sleep.
This study, while not conclusive in any way, does show that CBD could be a great option for seniors, and could cut out some of the toxic pharmaceutical medications from their daily regime. As we get older, many people have the need for multiple regular medications.
Some seniors need to take pain killers including opioids regularly, while others will also need to take pills for blood pressure, inflammation, insomnia, and even anxiety. CBD is organic and non-toxic; it’s also non-addictive and carries no dangerous side effects. It’s also an excellent option for senior citizens as it is readily available and comes in many different, easy-to-use forms and delivery systems.
CBD is thought to help with a number of age-related issues like pain and insomnia. It’s also used as a non-toxic and effective stress reliever that can be used much like a Rescue Remedy. Those over the age of 60 can tell you a thing or two about pain and what that’s like to contend with on a daily basis.
Research shows that roughly 50 percent of seniors and the elderly live alone, with around 80 percent of those in care homes suffering from daily pain. Pain in the elderly is severely undertreated these days, and that just compounds an already existing issue. The constant pain also leads many seniors down other paths such as depression, anxiety, and mobility problem.
Tragically, many older people don’t even report pain to their doctor as they just assume it’s part and parcel of the aging process. That means that many older adults just suffer in silence and get depressed as their quality of life plummets. That’s why CBD is such a great option for seniors and is well worth trying just in case it does the trick.