CBD isn't marijuana. Not like you remember it when you were younger.
It's understandable. For eons anything remotely connected to marijuana whether positively used for medical purposes, physical therapy treatment and emotional and metal wellness treatment, Boomers (anyone born between WWII and the 60's) have been extremely wary of incorporating CBD into their healing and recovery regimen regardless of the research and good media about CBD. The average senior quickly cringed and assumed CBD would 'get them high' and went running, utterly terrified they'd be 'caught' or shamed or worse, arrested for using CBD... until now.
Physicians throughout the US are recommending ingested and topical high-grade CBD for their senior patients as a proven solution to everything from painful joints and muscles to mild depression and anxiety. These medical professionals, the very people someone over 65+ is inclined to trust irrefutably, have realized their senior patients want solutions that have them off the arsenal of pharmaceuticals that previously have been doled out to treat conditions that are now able to be treated naturally and free of THC (yes, the stuff that can get you 'high' if taken in larger does) with broad spectrum CBD from trusted sources.
While more and more people over 55+ are spending time on the internet and social media to stay connected (we can thank COVID lockdowns for that as well) they have only just recently been exposed to the latest news and cultural acceptance of CBD and it's benefits. Many seniors however are just not aware of how CBD can improve their daily wellbeing. Because CBD is extracted from the marijuana plant (again, its not 'weed' or 'pot' or marijuana), seniors can take advantage of the medical benefits of CBD without the 'high' often associated with marijuana. All the better, seniors can utilize CBD in forms more familiar like gel caps, tinctures and topicals, rather than inhaling smoke.
Doctors are discovering that CBD can reduce or even replace the use of harmful and addictive prescription drugs like Zanax, Ativan and too-often prescribed pain medications. Now that CBD is a part of the mainstream conversation, the natural result is seniors drop their fears and turn over the treatment of their minor and major age-related conditions using CBD.
Let's Take a Look at How CBD Benefits Seniors
Clinical studies have proven that CBD is very effective in relieving arthritis and nerve pain. Salves, balms and creams are the most effective cure for numerous muscles and joint pains.
According the the AMA (American Medical Association) CBD could provide a great need for the senior community as it relates to aging, frail bones. According to a study, broad-spectrum CBD use can help heal fractures and support healthier bones. Due to CBD's anti-inflammatory properties, it can be very useful for patients with multiple sclerosis as well.
Although CBD is known for its soothing effects on senior users, it also promotes the feeling of renewed energy and naturally fights inertia. Why? It's because CBD strengthens and regenerates cells in the human body.
An extra bonus, CBD is an antioxidant that can be disturbed by the presence of free radicals. A study shows that cannabidiol (the core of CBD) has stronger antioxidant properties than Vitamin C and Vitamin E.
Keep Glaucoma Away
Glaucoma, which is a neurodegenerative disease affects individuals vision due to an increase in pressure in the eye known as 'intraocular pressure (IoP)'. Over 30 years ago researchers gathered supporting evidence that cannabinoids (CBD) can reduce IoP by up to 25%. Due to the accompanying symptoms of glaucoma, CBD as a pain management product works very well, and may have the added benefit of helping reduce pressure in the affected eye.
Insomnia and Sleep Issues
As we have written on the blog previously, CBD and improved sleep is very real. The older we get, the trickier it is to experience long periods of deep (REM) sleep. Sleep quality is also of immense importance to prevent age-related neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's disease, early onset dementia and glaucoma. Far too often seniors are casually prescribed highly addictive sleeping pills, which have a wide range of unpleasant side effects, sometimes dangerous side effects. CBD has been extremely helpful in achieving the deep sleep phase and the reducing lighter sleep phases.
As Effective as Some Prescription Meds
The growing number of seniors who use daily prescription medications is shocking and unnecessarily growing each year. Big Pharma controls one of the most powerful lobbying groups in the US and they pay enormous sums to see their drugs promoted and pushed onto the American public. Seniors who have been trained from previous generations to 'just trust the doctor' have fallen victim to the careless over-medicating by their trusted physicians and the pharmaceutical companies continue to win and win big. Furthermore, prescription drugs can be extremely dangerous for its users, and can be responsible for organ damage, tissue damage, drug addiction and even death.
Stimulates Your Appetite (in a healthy way)
Something that we rarely consider when it comes to seniors is a reduced appetite. As we age, most of us have a decrease in how much we eat but form some this can have dangerous consequences. Weight loss, tissue weakness and mental issues. Even for the more active and workout-savvy senior, this is especially relevant as super active seniors need to maintain a healthy weight to stay strong and avoid injuries. CBD has proven to be a very good appetite stimulant (no, not the 'munchies' like with marijuana) for older adults.
The Aging Brain
Emerging science and the trends that follow is, could cannabidiol derived remedies like CBD, prevent the onset of Alzheimer's disease. According to multiple studies CBD, can contribute to the elimination of a toxic protein related to the disease and equally aid in the reduction of toxin that trigger early onset dementia. This happens due to a loss of inflammation of the brain and regeneration of damaged cells.
So there you have it, nothing to fear and everything to gain from choosing CBD, and all the better THC-Free CBD created by Gold Medal CBD. Put your anxieties to rest for real and start enjoying the benefits of this 100% all natural wellness and recovery remedy today.
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