CBD oil provides natural relief for stress, anxiety, and many other health conditions. And while CBD oil can benefit anyone and everyone, this article focus on a group of people that face growing health conditions: seniors. We’re going to explore the positive impact cannabidiol can have for our senior population.
Many seniors have no idea how CBD oil—whether taken as a cream, lotion, or under the tongue—could really improve their quality of life. In many cases, CBD can reduce or even sometimes replace the use of addictive prescription medication. It’s easy for people, especially seniors, when they hear “CBD” to automatically think of “weed” and what could be associated with it, but there are so many incredible natural benefits to CBD that we’ll touch on below. It truly can be life-changing. To learn more about CBD and to debunk some myths, check out our CBD 101 guide here.
Here are some amazing health benefits of CBD for seniors:
CBD IN PAIN MANAGEMENT
As we age, we are more prone to aches, pains, and more serious health problems. A few common illnesses among seniors are arthritis and chronic pain. It’s known that CBD is a great way to help alleviate pain, and as studies show, CBD can reduce inflammation and alleviate pain from conditions such as arthritis, joint pain, and Multiple Sclerosis (MS). CBD Oil serves as a natural alternative to traditional over-the-counter medications which creates an interesting case for health care professionals and families.
CBD AS AN ALTERNATIVE FOR PRESCRIPTION MEDICATION
As a society, when we face a health condition, our first solution is to prescribe medication. At Think Botanicals, we believe in considering the natural approach to medicine. While prescription medication may provide a temporary relief, it often requires increasing dosage and creates a dependency and sometimes addiction to the medication itself. It’s important to note that CBD oil is non-addictive. This prescription dependency can be extremely damaging on our bodies, especially for seniors who maybe face several health conditions at one time. Studies show that not only does CBD help alleviate conditions that often medical prescriptions create, but it also helps fight the dependency that was once there from taking the medication. One less pill in the routine is often welcomed by seniors!
CBD CAN HELP WITH INSOMNIA AND SLEEP ISSUES
As we have all experienced at some point or another, getting a good night’s sleep can be difficult. And, the older we get, the more difficult it is to fall asleep and have a really great deep sleep. Sleeping disorders, like insomnia, are very common for seniors. To alleviate the disorder, they tend to turn to sleeping pills. These sleeping pills can become addictive and could have negative side effects, especially when mixed with other prescriptions. CBD oil is an incredible alternative to sleeping pills. By fighting the conditions that cause sleeping disorders, like stress and restlessness, CBD can help calm the user, and naturally help promote a healthier and better sleep.
CBD CAN HELP IMPROVE HEART HEALTH
CBD is known for helping chronic pain and anxiety relief, but there isn’t as much of a discussion around the positive benefits it can have on heart health. In a 2017 study, researchers treated 10 men with a 600 mg dose of CBD and found it reduced their resting blood pressure. In addition to reducing high blood pressure, they also found CBDs antioxidant properties may help cardiac inflammation. These past and ongoing studies give further proof that CBD can help improve heart health in seniors and can also serve as a preventative measure for other serious heart health conditions.
CBD CAN PROMOTE BONE HEALTH
As our bodies age, over 60% of women with suffer from osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is when our bones see a loss of vital minerals, making them fragile and brittle and further, prone to breaking. This is common in seniors and because of this, they can experience severe pain and fractures upon falling down.
On top of everything mentioned above, and with the help of CBDs anti-inflammatory properties, cannabinoids can help strengthen bones and even help promote the healing process if a fall and fracture does occur.
We hope this list helps you or someone in your life explore the ways in which CBD can help! For more information about CBD and all its benefits, check out our other blog posts. And if you’re ready to shop now, browse Think Botanical’s line of CBD oils here.