Senior citizens are often faced with rising prescription drug costs, increased pain and discomfort from ailments like arthritis, and often trouble with the regulation of once normal sleep and appetite. Fortunately, CBD may help alleviate many of these problems. CBD (cannabidiol) is an extract of the hemp plant (which is historically the commercial low or no THC variety of cannabis) that may relieve some of the symptoms of aging and provide comfort for those in their senior age. With modern CBD extraction methods, some companies are even able to completely remove the psychoactive compound, THC, often associated with the “high” found in cannabis, to undetectable levels.
Lately, the good news about CBD for seniors has been trending, with even large organizations like the AARP covering its benefits. From the AARP article, “Boomers Fuel Boom in Popularity of CBD:
“Lee, who uses CBD to help with his own health issues stemming from a stroke in 2006, sees people 50 and older as the critical generation that is turning back the stigma of cannabis-based therapy. “It’s the baby boomers,” he says. “We have all sorts of health problems. Cannabis can really speak to a lot of those problems.”
So, to make things easier, we gathered some of the most talked about and supported potential benefits below for your research into the wonderful world of cannabidiol, so enjoy!
CBD Can Stimulate & Regulate Appetite
CBD has been shown to be a good appetite stimulant for people of all ages, and seniors in particular can benefit from the increased appetite if underweight or recovering from a sickness or injury. CBD and other components of hemp have been shown to help in this study…
“the endocannabinoid system profoundly influences both hormone secretion and metabolic processes.”
CBD interacts with your bodies cannabinoid receptors to help to control appetite. In a 2016 study researchers noted the impact of CBD on hormones associated with the digestive process. Perhaps by stimulation and regulation of the digestive and metabolic systems, cannabidiol may also help with weight loss.
CBD May Relieve Aches and Pains Associated with Aging
CBD has widely been regarded as a great treatment for the aches and pains caused by aging, arthritis, inflammation, and many other factors. Due to the recent issues in society with opiates and similar pain killers resulting in high rates of addiction and overdose, we are glad to see many people turning instead to the benefits of cannabidiol. Although many studies have yet to be published, there is some remarkable evidence of benefits from studies like this – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2503660/ – which offers the conclusion:
“Cannabinoids may offer significant “side benefits” beyond analgesia. These include anti-emetic effects, well established with THC, but additionally demonstrated for CBD (Pertwee 2005), the ability of THC and CBD to produce apoptosis in malignant cells and inhibit cancer-induced angiogenesis (Kogan 2005; Ligresti et al 2006), as well as the neuroprotective antioxidant properties of the two substances (Hampson et al 1998), and improvements in symptomatic insomnia (Russo et al 2007).
The degree to which cannabinoid analgesics will be adopted into adjunctive pain management practices currently remains to be determined. Data on Sativex use in Canada for the last reported 6-month period (January-July 2007) indicated that 81% of prescriptions issued for patients in that interval were refills (data on file, from Brogan Inc Rx Dynamics), thus indicating in some degree an acceptance of, and a desire to, continue such treatment. Given their multi-modality effects upon various nociceptive pathways, their adjunctive side benefits, the efficacy and safety profiles to date of specific preparations in advanced clinical trials, and the complementary mechanisms and advantages of their combination with opioid therapy, the future for cannabinoid therapeutics appears very bright, indeed.”
CBD for Arthritis Pain for Seniors
Are you suffering from or do you have a parent or grandparent that is suffering from arthritis? Well, CBD might be a good option to try! In a few different studies CBD has shown that it can reduce inflammation and joint-related pain often associate with arthritis. In a 2016 study a gel containing Cannibidiol was used on rats. In this study, researchers again found that the CBD gel reduced both joint pain and inflammation without any side effects. CBD has also shown similar benefits for the autoimmune condition Rheumatoid Arthritis.
CBD for Seniors on Bone Health & Osteoporosis
Cannabidiol has been shown to benefit bone health, like in one study, “Cannabinoids and bone: Friend or foe?”
“The endocannabinoid system has also recently been implicated in the regulation of bone metabolism. Endogenously produced cannabinoids are hydrophobic molecules derived from hydrolysis of membrane phospholipids. These substances, along with plant-derived and synthetic cannabinoids, interact with the type 1 (CB(1)) and 2 (CB(2)) cannabinoid receptors and the GPR55 receptor to regulate cellular function through a variety of signaling pathways. Endocannabinoids are produced in bone, but the mechanisms that regulate their production are unclear. Skeletal phenotyping of mice with targeted inactivation of cannabinoid receptors and pharmacological studies have shown that cannabinoids play a key role in the regulation of bone metabolism. Mice with CB(1) deficiency have high peak bone mass as a result of an osteoclast defect but develop age-related osteoporosis as a result of impaired bone formation and accumulation of bone marrow fat. Mice with CB(2) deficiency have relatively normal peak bone mass but develop age-related osteoporosis as a result of increased bone turnover with uncoupling of bone resorption from bone formation. Mice with GPR55 deficiency have increased bone mass as a result of a defect in the resorptive activity of osteoclasts, but bone formation is unaffected. Cannabinoids are also produced within synovial tissues, and preclinical studies have shown that cannabinoid receptor ligands are effective in the treatment of inflammatory arthritis. These data indicate that cannabinoid receptors and the enzymes responsible for ligand synthesis and breakdown play important roles in bone remodeling and in the pathogenesis of joint disease.”
CBD for Seniors with Glaucoma
Suffering from Glaucoma as a senior citizen can be difficult. With everyone’s eyesight naturally degrading as we get older, glaucoma can only make matters worse. The often painful symptoms associated with Glaucoma have been shown to be effectively treated with CBD and related cannabinoids. An interesting insight from a study by scientists in Nova Scotia show similar conclusions…
“…the scientists concluded that CBD and, to a lesser extent, its synthetic derivatives can reduce pain at the cornea by activating CB2 receptors. They also determined that the analgesic effects of CBD are mediated only in part by CB2 receptors, and that other receptors (or receptor-independent pathways) must also be involved in mediating the notable painkilling properties of CBD.”
CBD Dosage for Seniors
The dosage for CBD products depends on the type of product, purity of the product, and your own personal body chemistry. It’s best to start with a low dosage at first, perhaps a 10 mg gummy, or a half dropper of lowest level tincture, and see if you reach your desired results. Of course, like anything, you’ll want to find a good quality brand that has been lab tested, has full traceability and is perhaps grown in the United States. You may also want to research potential side effects of CBD, and discuss your health and wellness plans with a medical doctor.