Health & Wellness

4 Ways CBD is Beneficial to Seniors

By Savannah Hasty

Growing up in the baby boomer generation makes you see many things differently. One of the most common modern trends that seniors are skeptical of is the resurgence of the legal cannabis industry. In previous decades, marijuana was seen as a drug used only by social outcasts and dropouts. Those with places to go and things to do wouldn’t go near pot, and still today hold some of the same reservations against legal marijuana and its non psychoactive extract CBD.

However, the tide is changing when it comes to cannabis and its consumers. More and more people are giving cannabis a try, to not only enjoy recreationally but to manage pain and stress related to aging.

Research on CBD is more advanced than it has ever been in our nation’s history, leading to an increase in cannabis consumer purchases. In fact, according to a Gallup poll survey, 11% of Americans ages 50 to 64 are using CBD products for pain, anxiety, stress, or other health-related uses.

So, why would people who once thought cannabis was a dangerous drug suddenly change their tune? Here are four compelling reasons why you can benefit from CBD, the non-psychoactive compound found in cannabis.

CBD has no psychoactive or addictive side effects.

When you smoke marijuana flower or THC concentrates, you experience the “high” associated with the cannabis plant. However, the chemical responsible for improved mood, pain relief, and anti-anxiety benefits can be extracted and used without any psychoactive side effects. That chemical is CBD, and it is used in a variety of recreational and medical settings without any significant side effects. Because CBD does not offer a “high” it is virtually impossible to become addicted, neither physically nor psychologically.

CBD offers a natural alternative to painkillers, sleep aids, and anti-anxiety medications.

As we get older, our bodies ache more, making it harder to get around and sleep well at night. Ailments such as arthritis, insomnia, and chronic anxiety can cause serious difficulty for seniors in their daily lives. While most people still use prescription medications for these problems, some of us are looking to the natural healing power of cannabis to care for their bodies. CBD may reduce inflammation and therefore pain in joints. It can also promote sleep and feelings of relaxation, without synthetic chemicals and unrecognizable ingredients in traditional pharmaceuticals.

Seniors want to step out of the comfort zone.

Unlike millennials, many seniors still see cannabis as taboo. They grew up in a time when only “hippies” smoked marijuana, and not for their health. You may even view marijuana as a gateway drug to addiction, laziness, and unemployment.

However, the stigma surrounding cannabis is changing. Many people, even those who are anti-drug, are considering the medical and recreational benefits of marijuana in a different class to other traditionally illicit substances. CBD offers seniors a chance to take a step into the cannabis space without getting high or feeling as if they’re breaking a social norm.

CBD has fewer side effects than traditional medications.

As we get older, our list of required medications often gets longer and longer. And the more medications you take, the more side effects you have to worry about. Some of the most common medications for seniors can have some very serious complications:

  • NSAIDS side effects include increased risk of bleeding, heart attack, kidney damage and disease, liver problems, stroke, headaches, and dizziness
  • Corticosteroids side effects include increased risk of bone fracture, bleeding and bruising, susceptibility to infection, blood clots, skin thinning, diabetes, weight gain, and vision/eye problems
  • Opioid pain reliever side effects include drowsiness and sedation, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, constipation, addiction and tolerance, and difficulty breathing

On the contrary, CBD has few side effects. It is considered generally safe, even more so than over-the-counter medications such as Ibuprofen and Tylenol.

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