One of the fastest growing demographics embracing the use of CBD is men and women over the age of 55. This goes beyond medical marijuana to hemp-based products that have zero THC—eliminating the concerns of getting high. Here are just a few ways CBD can help you or your loved one age with grace.
How CBD Helps
Let’s begin first with what CBD is and how it works. CBD is one of hundreds of naturally occurring cannabinoids. Our body creates cannabinoids as a type of cellular messengers that assist in the vital process of homeostasis. Homeostasis is the process of keeping our body internally balanced. This includes regulation of temperature, hormones, pH, coordination, pain control, mood, memory, quality of sleep, appetite, and more. There are two main endocannabinoid systems:
- CB1 which is in the central nervous system (brain and nerves of the spinal cord)
- CB2 which is in the peripheral nervous system (nerves in your extremities), the digestive system, and specialized cells in the immune system
Currently, 78% of deaths from anorexia occur in adults who are 65 or older. There are two types of anorexia in the aging demographic. The first is intentional starvation driven by body image issues. Traditional anorexia treatment is required to resolve intentional starvation. The second type of anorexia is often referred to as “the anorexia of aging” in which appetite simply decreases as we age. As a natural appetite stimulant CBD can help you or your loved one keep their calorie and nutrient intake at healthy levels.
Arthritis And Pain Management
As we age the pain from the accidents and injuries we’ve experienced over the years intensifies—often transitioning into arthritis. However, it’s not just previous injury that leads to arthritis, as over 50 million Americans struggle from osteoarthritis or Rheumatoid arthritis. If not arthritis, our ligaments, joints, and tendons begin to wear as we age. This aging often results in inflammation, of which pain is always a side effect. Over-the-counter medications are usually the first step, but they often fall short. The next step is opioids, which work well but are designed to be used short-term as they are highly addictive. This leaves CBD as a non-addictive means of activating the body’s natural healing abilities. CBD doesn’t just mask your pain but decreases inflammation.
Cancer research and alternative treatments are the primary driving force behind the legalization of medical marijuana, but legal hemp-based products deliver the same results—and are legal in all 50 states. From stimulating appetite to reducing cancer-related pain, decreasing chemo-related nausea, and shrinking tumors. The rate at which CBD can help shrinks tumors varies by multiple factors such as the type and stage of cancer, patient’s age, and combined treatments. You can talk to your physician regarding whether CBD should be added to your treatment plan.
Alzheimer’s, Memory Loss, & Neurodegenerative Disorders
Memory loss is a common side effect of aging. Whether mild or severe, CBD oil can be used as either a proactive or reactive response to maintaining healthy pathways in the brain. It doesn’t just help to minimize or prevent the risk and impact of Alzheimer’s but of neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s, ALS, and Huntington’s disease.
Depression, Anxiety, & Mental Health
The risk of anxiety, depression, and mental health disorders increases as we age—even in those who have no ongoing struggle with mental health. While we all dream of retirement, once we get there the lack of daily purpose can lead to depression. Financial stress can lead to anxiety. Other contributing factors include mortality, the loss of aging loved ones, loneliness, the inability to drive, and the decline in mobility and independence. Current statistics show that 20% of adults struggle with depression, but this number may be low as almost 60 percent of seniors believe depression is just part of the aging process. CBD oil stimulates natural mood-boosting hormones, without the psychotropic effects. This will dial down anxiety and motivate you or your loved one to get out and about.
These are just a few of the reasons to turn to CBD as we age. If you are looking for a quality hemp-based solution, we invite you to browse the Holmes Organics product line. We have supplements, topical solutions, tinctures, bath bombs, and more!