How CBD Works - CBD for Seniors
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It’s an interesting sight.
A man in his 60’s came in with a group of friends.
He was the ringleader.
He knew all about CBD and he was basically chaperoning his friends to the dance.
The CBD dance!
They were laughing and carrying on.
You could tell that some of them still have a misconception that CBD was somehow tied to THC products or “Marijuana” as it’s colloquially called.
Or perennials as the name changes for a good 3rd of the population.
Let’s look at how CBD might benefit Seniors.
Of course, make sure to read the FDA statement at the bottom of the page.
If you just want to find the best priced CBD based on top, screened companies, click here:
Otherwise, let’s look at CBD for seniors, health, and longevity here:
Lots to cover.
There’s new research coming all the time now.
We’ll add the results as they come in but the preliminary data has been amazing!
Let’s start with a bit of housekeeping with CBD.
Questions we get often from seniors and the elderly (we really want to switch out those words but until that changes…)
Answers to common questions seniors have on CBD:
These are the questions that typically come up.
Keep in mind that medications can have interactions with almost any substance.
Let’s get to the information that’s specific to seniors and the elderly.
There are 4 basic ways to take CBD:
The most popular ways for seniors are the Tincture and Balms.
We expect the edibles to take off quickly.
Some things to keep in mind.
If you have stomach irritability (rare but possible), the balms or even patches might work best.
Especially gastrointestinal issues.
Also, check out the whole histamine question and isolate versus full spectrum here.
If you have questions, please forward those by email.
Dosage is also dependent on why a senior might be taking CBD.
We have an entire article on CBD dosages tips and tricks.
Here’s a quick guide:
Our rule of thumb based on personal and professional experience…
Start low and work your way up.
Generally, a 20-30 mg dosage per day is a good place to start.
Here’s a little more detail:
Maybe begin with 20-30 mg to start and ramp up after a few days.
Some more serious issues might merit going up higher.
The study on psychosis was using 300 – 600 mg doses!
It was also very impressive in results but clearly the more serious situation dictated the dose.
Topical balms and roll-ons are less dosage-dependent since it’s applied to the skin.
You can actually access all the brands from our CBD brand and product page.
For seniors, depending on what your using it for, a few brands stand out.
For CBD tinctures for Seniors (drops under the tongue or swallowed):
This really depends on full-spectrum versus CBD Isolate.
The CBD products page has a price comparison grid for the best values!
For CBD balms for Seniors:
You can see comparisons for edibles and vapes on the CBD screened product page here:
That’s our first consideration since CBD is still a market in extreme FLUX!
Again, you can check out the brands and prices here.
Many seniors ask a common (and good) question:
They’re similar but not the same.
We want to make sure the brand states how much actual CBD is in the product.
That may only be 20 mgs of CBD.
That’s why we researched the amount of CBD in all the screened products here.
Hemp oil may be full spectrum which means it has a small amount of some other things found in the hemp plant (other cannabinoids, terpenes, flavanoids, etc).
We have a full article on the full spectrum versus CBD Isolate (by itself) debate here.
CBD, by law, has to be derived from hemp in order to be legal in all 50 States.
CBD may be processed down to just pure CBD (called isolate) or it may have the other potentially good things in with it (Full Spectrum).
What should seniors go with?
This really comes down to histamine response (do you get allergies?).
If you have a sensitive system, isolate CBD might be a better place to start.
Let’s get into what research is telling us about different health topics close to senior’s hearts (including the heart!)
In many ways, inflammation is the root of all Senior evils!
In fact, we started with inflammation because it affects all the other items down the list.
So…what does research show there?
In fact, it’s one of our favorite results!
A quick recap of a specific CBD mechanism in the gut:
This is huge!
The repercussions of this is to affect most modern diseases that seniors deal with.
Get your complete guide to CBD and inflammation in the body here.
We’ll speak to this below.
Let’s first talk about the big issue for seniors.
This was the precursor to the terrible opioid epidemic which hit seniors as hard as any other group.
This could be the result of injury, illness, or just the aches and pains of aging!
What does the research say about CBD?
We have an entire article on CBD and pain with lots of research here but some quick snippets!
As a teaser, here’s an interesting piece here at the NIH with much more to surely follow:
An example (of many) that matter to seniors:
It’s great that CBD may help with chronic pain without the complications of NSAIDs and opioids but many seniors are already on those.
CBD shows promise to help them get off as well!!
Let’s talk about the boogie man as we get older.
Dementia and Alzheimer’s.
Let’s go back to inflammation!!
An amazing study looked at inflammation in the brain.
Even though the clusters of amyloidal plaques didn’t go away, the symptoms (behavior and physical effects) subsided!
This is amazing.
In the brain, it manifests itself as dementia.
Keep in mind that we’re only STARTING to study how CBD and cannabinoids work in the body.
Get ready for a slew of new research.
Anxiety and depression are two common issues for seniors (unfortunately).
This is probably where we’re most excited about CBD’s potential.
It’s actually where the “ah-ha” moments started for CBD and cannabinoids in general (aside from the whole epilepsy small miracle deal).
Here’s the NIH article: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4604171/
It’s a lengthy (and wordy) summary of many studies but the net net…
I have personally seen the effect in my family but that’s anecdotal.
Stick with the data.
As for depression and other mental health issues, more here:
Some bullet points:
If making new neurons and connections is on your Senior’s list, we may be able to check that one off!
Very exciting times to be getting older!
Here’s something you won’t hear in the press.
That plaque being deposit in the arteries and heart…
You know…the stuff that’s the target for Billions in statins sold each year.
Some scientists decided to really scan it at a molecular level.
Guess what they found.
This is groundbreaking and has been confirmed since.
There’s another piece that’s relevant to CBD.
The theory is that the lipids (fats) are waste products from bacteria in the mouth and throughout the system.
These lipids can pass the blood barrier in the blood supply.
As it always does…especially if it is overworked and at DEFCON 4!
Inflammation and attack!
You need the inflammation to complete the process.
CBD, as we mentioned above, has powerful anti-inflammatory effects.
There are other ways CBD affects this system positively.
There are now dozens of papers on various effects of CBD and the cardiovascular system.
Just check out CBD and blood pressure here to start.
Good segue from heart health for seniors.
Keep in mind that many of the heart medications given in spades to seniors are vasodilators.
They expand the arteries and veins of the cardiovascular system.
That class of drugs are vasodilators.
But without some of the really nasty side effects, they can have.
There’s even a new CBD product for women.
Obviously, women are more complex and nuanced when it comes to sexual health.
CBD affects female sexuality by first having positive effects on anxiety and depression.
This makes sense.
Addressing these two dampeners of sex drive in women goes a long way towards the goal of healthy sex drive in seniors.
Couple this with the hormone regulating aspect of CBD (endocrine system) and the new products use as a lubricant (for pain, inflammation, and sensitivity), and we’re making good ground.
There’s an amazing overview of CBD for sexual health here.
Diabetes is one of the things that trend with age.
Not what we want!
CBD has important effects on this system but here are some key factors.
First, it appears to decrease overall diabetes in a given population at a summary level.
Remember when we said inflammation is the enemy of all seniors??
It starts attacking various parts of the body (joints, organs, neurons, etc).
A current area of study is how this occurs in the kidneys.
Specifically, the islet cells that make insulin.
CBD has also shown promise for the corresponding neuropathy (helps to grow new neurons with increased NDNF), obesity (helps to regulate hormones tied to hunger), and related skin issues and repair.
We have a whole page on diabetes and CBD. Rightly so!
We saved some of the best for last.
Sleep is usually why seniors try CBD to begin with.
It’s probably the most disrupted process as we get older.
With huge consequences.
You can learn all about Sleep and Cbd here but let’s look at the points relevant to seniors.
A whole series of changes conspire against our sleep as we get older.
It removes all the debris and waste from just making energy and doing cellular work.
Guess when it works?
When we sleep!
This is hugely critical to the brain.
So…what about CBD and sleep?
CBD as an isolate has many benefits for sleep:
Again, this is where we hear the most feedback from seniors… the quality of sleep.
Again, this may be THE reason that seniors take to CBD by the millions.
Check out our CBD and Sleep article for more.
We all want to live longer and BETTER!
The current thought is that aging is a result of:
There are lots of things we can do here.
CBD is definitely part of the mix:
Right now, they’re researching CBD for specific issues.
Longevity is really the culmination of all those specific issues as we get older!
We expect much more research to build towards this lofty goal of living longer and better.
For now, CBD looks like an integral tool to help us get there!
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