Posted on Oct 16, 2019, 12 p.m.
Article specially written for WorldHealth.net by Lora McKinney
Cannabidiol or CBD is now a very popular ingredient in therapeutic oils and alternative medicines. While it may have had a controversial reputation in the past, one in five Americans now admit to using CBD for wellness-related purposes, like curbing stress and easing insomnia. Its close relationship with marijuana is the main reason why there has been a lot of initial skepticism. But it's important to acknowledge that they aren't exactly the same thing. Unlike tetrahydrocannabinol—the primary psychoactive element in marijuana—CBD is non-psychoactive. This means it doesn't cause the “high” that’s commonly associated with taking marijuana.
By now, it’s safe to say that the stigma surrounding CBD use is far from what it used to be. In fact, CBD is even proving itself valuable to a surprising demographic: seniors. Statistics on Maryville University about the U.S. healthcare system highlights the aging population in the country, which is driving growth in the healthcare and medical industry. Interestingly, this includes the rise of non-clinical care and unconventional forms of wellness too—so it’s no surprise that the more natural properties of CBD are gaining more traction. Here are some of its benefits:
Promotes Bone Health
Osteoporosis and osteopenia (or low bone mass) is a major health threat for seniors. This is mainly because older bodies tend to reabsorb calcium and phosphate from their own bones, thus making them brittle and weak. Fortunately, researchers from Tel Aviv University found that CBD can help strengthen bones and even aid in the healing process, should a fracture occur. More specifically, it blocks a receptor in the bone cells that speeds up the degeneration of the bone when activated.
Whether it's back ache or shaky knees, many seniors deal with these pains on a daily basis. As some painkillers are expensive and can be dangerous depending on their potency, people have been turning to CBD oils to mitigate the pain. In a study conducted by researchers from Dalhousie University, it was found that CBD could be particularly beneficial for those suffering from osteoarthritis pain and joint neuropathy. Based on their findings, it was confirmed that CBD can decrease joint inflammation and provide extra protection for the nerves.
The fastest-growing demographic of epilepsy patients in the United States is over the age of 65. Luckily, various studies in our article on ‘CBDs Enabling Improvements In Treatment Resistant Epilepsy’ suggest how CBD oils can significantly reduced the severity of seizures, as well as its overall frequency. While marijuana research has already been conducted to understand the drug's impressive ability to reduce seizures, it was only until the discovery of CBD that it was deemed safe to use.
Chemical imbalances caused by illnesses and prescribed medication can really mess up sleeping patterns and keep you awake at night. Fortunately, CBD has a naturally calming property, which can promote healthier sleep for seniors, as well as prevent the need for any synthetic sleep medication.
Potentially Treat Alzheimer’s
Studies concerning whether CBD can treat Alzheimer’s Disease are still in their infancy, but initial results look promising. While the true root of Alzheimer’s is still unknown, recent research suggests that it may be due to neuroinflammation, which the anti-inflammatory effects of CBD can help with. Testing is still in preliminary stages, but a cure may not be so far off.
CBD is an ingredient that’s clinically proven to be safe, effective, and readily available in some areas. However, it’s still best to consult your local physician before attempting to self-medicate.
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