Seniors are one of the fastest growing segments of CBD users and with good reason. What is driving the senior health and CBD trend? CBD is used to treat a number of common conditions, including chronic pain, inflammation, seizures, insomnia, spasms, multiple sclerosis, and mental disorders such as anxiety and depression. It’s also an effective means of relieving pain and soreness, reducing inflammation, and soothing inflammatory skin conditions such as psoriasis, dermatitis, and eczema.
Senior Health And CBD
What Is CBD?
CBD, or cannabidiol, as explained by Joseph Rosenblatt of Chiropractic Economics, is:
Due to its wide variety of medical benefits, CBD is used to treat a number of common conditions, including chronic pain, inflammation, seizures, insomnia, spasms, multiple sclerosis, and mental disorders such as anxiety and depression. As a topical agent, CBD oil can be directly applied to certain areas of the body as an effective means of relieving pain and soreness, reducing inflammation, and soothing inflammatory skin conditions such as psoriasis, dermatitis, and eczema.
As CBD oil is non-psychoactive, applying it to the skin does not create mind-altering effects in the same manner that THC ingestion does. Therefore, the use of CBD in topical form is a useful alternative for those who wish to avoid the psychoactive effects of THC and those who would like options besides the over-the-counter steroid-based creams typically used for arthritis, joint pain, and similar ailments. This is especially true for aging users, parents, or adults who are concerned about practical matters (like failing drug tests, for example).
The science behind the rise of CBD topicals
Here are just a few of the common ways seniors can benefit from CBD.
CBD is perfect for seniors because, to quote Carol Saline of Hadassah Magazine, “Seniors don’t want to get high; they want to get well.”
Avoiding The Medical Marijuana Stigma
One boundary that often needs to be overcome by patients considering CBD, is the negative stigmas associated with medical marijuana. To deal with this issue, we encourage all potential CBD patients to educate themselves and then share the knowledge. By becoming educated, you can become your own CBD advocate.
There is positive news on this front, we have found that this stigma has declined. This may be due in part to more and more states legalizing medical marijuana. Now more people are recognizing the medical benefits of cannabis, and “scare tactics” are being replaced with scientific evidence backing health and wellness claims.
A Natural Treatment Option
Can CBD really be used as a natural alternative treatment?
Mikhail Kogan, M.D. thinks so.
Mikhail Kogan, M.D., medical director of the George Washington University Center for Integrative Medicine, has prescribed CBD for his patients since the compound was legalized for medical use in the District of Columbia in 2011. Kogan says cannabinoids are “safer than Tylenol or caffeine by tenfold. If you compare them to opiates, they’re about 10,000 times safer.” He recommends placing a few drops of the oil under the tongue.
Boomers Fuel Boom in Popularity of CBD
This is in line with what Martin Lee, Director of Project CBD, is seeing. In a recent article, Martin Lee stated: “We see really great interest amongst seniors.”
Senior Health And CBD
Senior Health And CBD In California
In California, it’s already helping Shirley Avedon and Joan Stammerjohn.
Shirley Avedon, 90, had never been a cannabis user. But carpal tunnel syndrome that sends shooting pains into both of her hands and an aversion to conventional steroid and surgical treatments is prompting her to consider some new options.
“It’s very painful, sometimes I can’t even open my hand,” Avedon said.
So for the second time in two months, she’s climbed on board a bus that provides seniors at the Laguna Woods Village retirement community in Orange County, Calif., with a free shuttle to a nearby marijuana dispensary.
Avedon, who doesn’t want to get high from anything she uses, picked up a topical cream on her first trip that was sold as a pain reliever. It contained cannabidiol, or CBD, but was formulated without THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, marijuana’s psychoactive ingredient.
On a sunny afternoon last August, a dozen women from Balfour Senior Living, in Louisville, Colorado, boarded a bus for a field trip to a marijuana dispensary. One used a walker, one was hooked up to an oxygen tank, and another wore a linen suit and jewelry. All were told to wear hats while walking from the bus to the dispensary door. “The sun is our enemy,” one said.
Joan Stammerjohn, who is eighty-four, said she’d joined the group because she’s had chronic pain in her legs, and has been on OxyContin for ten years. “I’d like to get off it,” she said. Others said they had ailments like arthritis or back pain, but didn’t want to disclose their names because they believe marijuana is still stigmatized. “We’re travelling incognito,” one said. “I’m excited. I came to open my mind—I want to know the latest things. I hope this won’t be in the paper, though. We’ll have a crowd coming to Balfour, thinking this is the coolest place.”
How Seniors Joined the Cannabis Craze
Senior Health And CBD In Indiana
In Indiana, it’s already helping Jim Rector.
With improved access to the substance, more Hoosier seniors are trying it to relieve pain or treat chronic illness. But it is still hard for the cannabis extract to shake off the stigma.
Carol Rector had heard about CBD and thought maybe it could help her husband.
Her husband, Jim Rector, is 74 year-old. He has diabetes, and Carol read that emerging evidence shows CBD can treat the chronic disease.
When Indiana legalized its use, Carol got it for Jim and told his doctor.
“He said let’s do an A1C, so they took his blood work and it came back perfect,” says Rector.
Jim also suffers from chronic pain related to bursitis, and Carol says his pain went from a 10 to a 5 in a few short days.
And it doesn’t only help Jim.
“It helps me because I see somebody who has hope now,” says Carol.
Hoosier Seniors And CBD: Stigma And Success
CBD And You
As a market leader in the CBD topical space, TheraJoy has been proudly manufacturing our complete line of CBD products in the United States for three years. TheraJoy is always made with 99% pure CBD derived from medical grade, non-GMO hemp, sourced directly from Switzerland. We offer purity you can trust, guaranteed. Our product is all-natural, organic, vegan, gluten-free and kosher.
Always consult your doctor or physician before you begin taking a supplement or make any changes to your existing medication and supplement routine. This blog post is not medical advice; it is information you can use as a conversation-starter with your doctor at your next appointment.