CBD and Senior Citizens
Note: CBD is not intended to cure or treat any disease or ailment. Since CBD is still under extensive research and is yet to be FDA approved, these testimonials can give you a better insight into the benefits of CBD oil, but they are by no means as credible as, for example, clinical research, which is lacking at the moment.
With the rise in popularity of CBD (cannabidiol), it is natural to wonder how it could positively impact the lives of seniors. CBD has several important potential applications that are particularly beneficial to seniors. More research is still needed on nearly every aspect of CBD, but between early research and anecdotal evidence, it shows a great deal of promise.
Multiple studies have already shown that CBD has the potential to treat pain from a range of sources, many of which seniors frequently deal with. One study found its potential in managing difficult-to-treat pain, including from fibromyalgia, cancer, multiple sclerosis, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis, along with lower back pain.
A study in rats showed that CBD has the potential to dramatically reduce chronic neuropathic and inflammatory pain. One study on rats even found that when used over time, CBD may positively influence how the brain responds to and perceives pain. Human studies found that an oral CBD spray significantly reduces rheumatoid arthritis pain.
This application is particularly promising for seniors who suffer from chronic pain that seems to avoid treatment.
Managing Cancer-Related Symptoms
The risk of cancer increases with age, and 60 percent of new cancer diagnoses are seniors. Chemotherapy is a common and typically effective treatment for cancer, but it has many negative side effects, including nausea and vomiting. This adds to the pain associated with cancer for most senior patients.
As mentioned earlier, studies have shown promise in using CBD to treat difficult pain, including cancer-related pain. In fact, one study showed that it may be more effective than opioids at treating this type of pain. CBD also has potential for treating nausea and vomiting associated with chemotherapy.
Alzheimer’s Disease Management
Early research using mice that have Alzheimer’s disease indicates that CBD has the potential to provide neuroprotective effects against Alzheimer’s. This research further suggests that it may be able to help reverse Alzheimer’s-related cognitive decline and reduce neuroinflammation. This has not been substantiated in humans yet, but the research is ongoing.
Parkinson’s Disease Quality of Life
One study found that patients dealing with Parkinson’s disease saw an improvement in their quality of life when consuming CBD daily. This research specifically applied to patients without dementia or psychiatric conditions. This has not been substantiated in humans yet, but the research is ongoing.
Other Potential Uses for Seniors
In addition to the above potential ways that CBD can help seniors, it may also assist with reducing the following problems. Some of these are more common than others in seniors.
Research focused on seniors over 70 years old who suffer from sleep problems and anxiety found that anxiety scores dropped for almost 80 percent of participants after using CBD for a month. While this research is early and needs more proof, it is promising.
Forty to 50 percent of seniors suffer from disturbed sleep or insomnia. Early research indicates that CBD may help stabilize sleep patterns and reduce sleep apnea.
What Seniors Should Keep in Mind
It is important that any seniors considering taking CBD remember that not everyone has the same reactions to it and that research is still in the early stages. It is also important to confirm that CBD will not interact with any of your medications before starting to take it.