As the world becomes more accepting of plant-based wellness, older Americans are catching on to CBD at an increasingly high rate. The prospect of a natural alternative to pharmaceuticals is attractive, and many seniors are finding that hemp-derived products can easily take the place of pills. Statistics on senior presciption drug use are surprising, with the average elderly patient taking five prescription medications per day. If the patient is in a nursing home, the average jumps to seven.
While CBD isn’t a cure-all, many seniors are finding dramatic improvements in their quality of life. A survey done by Remedy Review found that 9% of seniors have tried CBD for health-related reasons. While this percentage may seem small, the impact on the users surveyed was dramatic.
The shift in quality of life is clear. 65% of seniors who have tried CBD rated their quality of life as good, compared to just 31.1% said the same thing before trying CBD. Many seniors say that they feel that potential benefits of CBD usage seem too good to be true while others stated that they avoid CBD due to its association with THC, the high-inducing compound found in marijuana. The good news: high quality CBD products extracted from hemp will contain <0.3% THC — not nearly enough to make the user feel high.
Usage Reasons Among Seniors
As it turns out, the 9 percent of seniors who chose to try CBD did so for a good reason. CBD has been studied and shown to reduce inflammation, doing so by activating your body’s endocannabinoid system. The next most common reason, chronic pain, is said to be suffered by up to 88 percent of seniors. Nearly 41 percent of seniors studied were trying to reduce this type of pain through the use of CBD.
Of course, natural remedies have numerous prescription counterparts. Instead of CBD lotions, chronic pain is often treated with Percocet and Vicodin, while stress and anxiety are often met with prescriptions for Valium or Xanax. The decision (and often debate) between over-the-counter and natural medications, however, has garnered much stamina and division in recent years. Natural remedies and practices like yoga, meditation, and the use of chiropractors all increased in 2018 paralleled by the growth of the prescription painkiller epidemic.
According to 58 percent of seniors, there is a substance abuse problem in their local community. Moreover, 26 percent think they personally consume too many prescription drugs daily. As for alternative ideas? Fifty-three percent of the seniors who had not tried CBD mentioned they would like to try this natural alternative to doctor-recommended prescription medications.
Where to start with CBD
Getting started with CBD can be confusing, and we are here as a resource on your journey to plant-based wellness!
If you are brand new to CBD and just looking for some literature to read, we have written a handy CBD 101 guide to help you learn the basics. It will cover CBD basics, your endocannabinoid system, product user guides, and frequently asked questions.
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Choosing a product will mostly come down to your specific needs. We have listed a few common recommendations down below!
Containing 7 organic ingredients plus 1500mg of CO2-extracted CBD, this is the go-to choice if you need to get CBD straight to where it hurts. Our Muscle Cream contains menthol for a cooling effect and arnica, which is a homeopathic anti-inflammatory.
Muscle Cream can be applied on an “as-needed” basis. Simply apply a small amount to the needed area, and gently massage it into your skin!
Our CBD Tinctures are the go-to recommendation for help getting some rest. Our tinctures come in two strengths and a variety of different flavors. For people new to CBD, we recommend our regular strength. The recommended daily dose will be 33mg CBD/ml. Our tinctures feature graduated droppers to make measuring dosage easy!
Simply fill the dropper and squeeze it out under your tongue. Most of the oil will absorb in around 30 seconds. Afterwards, you can wash any remaining oil down with a glass of water!
There’s no easier way to work CBD into your routine than our CBD Capsules! Each bottle will contain 30 gels, with each gel containing 33mg CBD each. The recommended dose is 1 gel per day, so each bottle will last about a month used regularly.
Our CBD capsules will have more of a “slow fuse” effect, and results will typically last all day. Simply take one gel in the morning with a glass of water!