As recreational marijuana becomes legalized across North America, the stigma surrounding cannabis is easing and older adults, whether they smoked pot in their youth or not, are curious about the health benefits of cannabis products. And for many older adults who don’t want the high from THC (tetrahyrocannabinol), CBD (cannabidiol) is an intriguing alternative.
According to a recent Forbes report, now that CBD is legal across the United States many seniors are trying CBD wellness products and improving their quality of life as a result. A recent study of 1,000 seniors over the age of 54 by Remedy Review found that of the seniors who have tried CBD for health reasons, 51 percent reported an improved quality of life. CBD, which can be taken as drops in the mouth or in a beverage, in a capsule or through an edible, is used to help reduce inflammation, manage chronic pain, improve sleep and control anxiety and stress. When applied directly to the skin, research has found CBD helps to reduce pain and inflammation caused by arthritis.
CBD is structurally similar to THC, but is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid with the potential to treat neuropathic pain, cancer pain, multiple sclerosis and inflammation. Nearly 50 million American adults were diagnosed with osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis between 2007-2009 and with the growing older population, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention anticipates an increase to 67 million by 2030. CBD offers the potential of pain relief and reduction of inflammation without side effects.
Learn more about CBD and joint pain by following this link to Remedy Review, an educational website about hemp and CBD. As with any supplement, be sure to talk with your doctor before adding CBD to your regime. Look for a high quality full-spectrum CBD oil originating from states with legalized marijuana for more standardized regulation of hemp.