CBD For Seniors


CBD for Seniors

There are over 46 million 65+ years-olds in America. The CDC reports 49.6% to have doctor-diagnosed arthritis with an increased risk with age. The Harvard Neurodiscovery Center also found that:

 

  • 5 million seniors suffer from Alzheimer’s
  • 1 million suffer from Parkinson’s
  • 300 thousand suffer from MS
  • 27% suffer from severe, debilitating anxiety disorders

 

All of these conditions are common reasons seniors choose to take CBD or cannabis. Two of the highest reasons, for seniors especially, are arthritis and neurodegenerative diseases.

Arthritis

Arthritis is inflammation of one or more joints causing pain and stiffness. There are more than 100 types of arthritis ranging from rheumatoid to osteoarthritis.

 

Symptoms often include:

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Stiffness
  • Limited range of motion

Inflammatory Arthritis

Inflammatory arthritis occurs when joints are inflamed, causing joint erosion and damage to the eyes, lungs, heart, and other body parts. Two examples are psoriatic arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis (RA).

 

RA affects many joints on both sides of the body, including the hands, feet, and knees. This happens when your body's defenses target the joint linings.

Degenerative Arthritis

Osteoarthritis is the most common form affecting senior citizens. It happens when cartilage wears away, causing the bone to rub against bone. As time goes on, this may become chronic, increasingly painful, and cause loss of strength.

Neurodegenerative Diseases

A study from 2012 shows that cannabinoids improve the efficiency of mitochondria and remove damaged brain cells. Mitochondria is the energy source that powers cells. They supply energy, support cell activity, coordinate apoptosis, and ward off threats from disease.

 

Published in Philosophical Transactions Of The Royal Society, the study suggests activating the brain’s cannabinoid system triggers an antioxidant release. This process is known to remove damaged cells and improve mitochondria efficiency.

 

These discoveries shed insight on cannabinoids’ potential role in eliminating brain inflammation. Brain inflammation can cause cognitive decline, neural failure, and brain degeneration.

 

This could be so helpful for seniors struggling with conditions like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Huntington’s, and more.

 

Due to how it impacts inflammation, pain, and mood, more reasons senior citizens and others may choose to try CBD include:

 

  • Pain management
  • Sleep
  • Addiction
  • Heart health
  • Mood disorders

 

CBD can be a natural, gentle way for seniors to get the care they need. This is particularly helpful for seniors who are sensitive to other pharmaceutical medications or looking for plant-based options..

 

A topical cream is a great way to try CBD for the first time on localized areas of pain. Edibles or tinctures are wonderful internal options for longer-lasting use, depending on your preference!

 

As always, consult with a licensed healthcare provider before consuming new herbs.

 

 

References

https://royalsocietypublishing.org/doi/10.1098/rstb.2011.0388#RSTB20110388F1

https://www.uni-bonn.de/news/128-2017

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28481360

https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2018/07/12/how-aging-affects-mitochondria-in-brain-cells.aspx

https://zuckermaninstitute.columbia.edu/why-small-size-matters-tiny-mitochondria-stimulate-brain-cell-connections-columbia-study-shows

https://www.leafscience.org/mitochondrial-dysfunction-in-aged-brain-cells/

https://www.urmc.rochester.edu/news/story/2518/protein-regulates-movement-of-mitochondria-in-brain-cells.aspx