The use of CBD is rapidly growing worldwide, and perhaps one of the biggest groups of new users are senior citizens. This is likely due to the fact that CBD has very few side effects, as compared to traditional pharmaceutical drugs, and works on a vast array of symptomatology.
CBD VS. BIG PHARMA
Big Pharma spends billions of dollars each year to market its products, and that budget has to come from somewhere. Whether it be the side effects of pharmaceuticals or the outrageous prices for some drugs, seniors are searching for alternatives to manage their health.
THE ENDOCANNABINOID SYSTEM
The endocannabinoid system is found in all humans and has the largest number of receptors (CB1 And CB2) out of any human system. Cannabinoids, such as CBD, act on the CB1 and CB2 receptors to maintain homeostasis and reduce symptoms of pain, inflammation, stress, anxiety and nausea.CBD may also reduce the growth of cancer cells and help manage symptoms of neurological disorders, such as Tourette’s.
CBD is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid, which is why many seniors may prefer CBD to traditional cannabis products. There is no associated “high” for the user.
As the body ages, many systems are thrown into a state of imbalance. This can occur across a wide range of systems including the limbic, nervous, systemic and neurological systems. When systems are unbalanced, symptoms will arise.
The goal of CBD products is to bring homeostasis to the endocannabinoid system, which in turn affects all other systems and numerous organs in the body.
CBD may have beneficial effects on managing pain and inflammation, nausea, mood, appetite and many others. CBD Living offers a wide array of products, such as CBD oil, capsules, gummies and infused water to help restore and maintain balance in the body.
CBD is extremely beneficial at managing side effects of pharmaceutical medications. Many seniors are required to take a vast regimen of medications each day to help their body function optimally, and keeping track of interactions and side effects may be difficult. CBD has the benefit of not interacting with other medications and is often used to curb the side effects of other medications, such as nausea and dizziness.
CBD may also be an alternative to pain medication for senior citizens. Seniors’ systems are often very sensitive to opioid medications, which may cause confusion or disorientation. CBD can help to manage pain symptoms without unnecessary side effects.
SPEAK WITH YOUR PHYSICIAN
As with all medication and health supplement usage, consult your physician before beginning a new regimen. Although CBD has very few side effects, and even fewer medication interactions, its use should still be supervised by a licensed healthcare professional.