Cannabidiol (CBD) is an active ingredient in cannabis derived from the hemp plant. Most people have the idea that CBD is something only used by the youth. The fact of the matter is that it’s helpful to any age group, including seniors. A false idea of CBD is often thought that it makes the user high. It can’t intoxicate a human because it is a non-psychoactive substance. Seniors trying to improve their quality of life can use CBD without these worries.
The Top 4 Ways that CBD Can Help Seniors
1. Providing Pain Relief
It’s an overwhelming number of senior citizens living in America today that are experiencing one type of pain or another. Some are minor and others are chronic, statistics show that most of them are suffering from the latter. More than half of the American senior population has to contend with painful conditions like arthritis.
Many of them rely on painkiller prescriptions to get relief. Sadly, these drugs have side effects that can develop later on, leading patients to experience more damage. Studies have shown that CBD in the endocannabinoid system can activate receptors, significantly reducing the pain-related symptoms. Many with arthritis inflammation have testified that the regular use of CBD can reduce pain within a few weeks.
2. Increase Heart Health
Seniors are often advised to eat healthy meals, participate in exercise, and other healthy routines to maintain or improve their heart health. Those who ignore this advice often experience high blood pressure and may suffer a heart attack eventually. Cardiac disease is America’s leading cause of death among older people.
Therefore those over 40 years old must strive to keep their hearts in good condition. Research has shown that CBD can help lower stress and blood pressure. High blood pressure often triggers cardiovascular diseases, seniors need to tackle the blood pressure issue on time. Some studies have shown that CBD oil can reduce heart inflammation.
3. Protection Against Alzheimer’s
CBD can help greatly in the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s and multiple sclerosis. Cannabidiol acts within the human body by communicating with brain receptors. Using CBD can result in improvements in distress caused by neurodegenerative diseases. Growing evidence suggests that CBD can improve the condition of seniors with symptoms of eye-related neurodegenerative diseases like glaucoma.
4. Helping with Sleep Quality
People often develop sleeping problems as they get older. While this is a common complaint amongst seniors, given that sleep helps the body to relax, enhance heart health, regain lost energy, and remove toxins. CBD can be used to help improve the quality of sleep, rather than using drugs to induce sleep. CBD helps to reduce stress, pain, and anxiety, all of which could prevent sleep if not given immediate attention.
CBD is beneficial for seniors with a number of issues. It’s not a cure-all drug though, so it’s best to check with your doctor before you start using it.
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