As we continue to move forward in legalizing and demystifying cannabis, senior citizens are not only the fastest growing demographic for its use but more and more products are being tailored to the aging population. From 2013 to 2014, the number of cannabis users over the age of 55 increased by 53%, and is still on the rise today, according to CBS News (https://www.cbsnews.com/news/seniors-marijuana-use-fastest-growing-pot-users-prescriptions/). The identity of cannabis users is more widespread now than ever; as there is no longer a ‘stoner’ persona lingering over the therapeutic plant.
But can CBD really improve the quality of life for senior citizens?
CBD, a compound found in the cannabis plant is non-psychoactive with anti-inflammatory properties that welcome the use of seniors without getting them high. From topical creams, ingestible tinctures, to oil vapors, CBD now offers more inviting deliverables while steering away from the traditional smoker or edible consumption. However, its not just about the variety of ways people can consume cannabis but also the variety of ailments that can be improved by, the responsible use of cannabis.
Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research examined a prospective study of nearly 3,000 patients over the age of 65 to research the therapeutic effects of cannabis. While poor sleep quality, pain management and cancer were the most notable reasons for cannabis use, they noted that after six months of treatment 93.7% reported improvement in their condition, in addition to reducing their use of prescription narcotics. Other results included a reduced pain level from a median of 8, on a scale 0-10, to a median of 4. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29398248) Many users mentioned that they actually prefer using cannabis over traditional prescription drugs and believe that it is just as effective, if not more, at managing pain.
Reasons Why Seniors Should Use CBD :
Pain Management – Anti-inflammatory agents aid in joint therapy and reduce inflammation to relax muscles
Improved Cognitive Function – Promotes neurogenesis and fights against premature cell death caused by degenerative conditions
Reduce Prescription Medications – Cheaper, easier, and safer to use than many other prescription drugs
Bone Growth – Cannabinoids prevent age-related osteoporosis and promote bone health by regulating CB receptors within the bone marrow
Immune Support – Cannabis regulates the immune system to prevent tissue destruction
Digestive Health – CBD stimulates cells in the gastrointestinal lining
Heart Health – Moderates cardiac dysfunction, oxidative stress that increases blood flow, scar tissue, and balances cell death signaling pathways in diabetic cardiomyopathy
*These medical statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
“In an age where a physician often prescribes a different medication for each symptom, cannabis, as a comprehensive treatment that affects several symptoms, becomes a desirable therapeutic option,” as stated by researchers. The whole-body homeostasis effects of CBD and its interaction with the endocannabinoid system provides an natural treatment option without the side effects of prescription medications. While CBD can’t reverse side effects of aging, it can encourage a more active lifestyle for seniors while leading to an overall improved quality of life.