Over the last year, CBD has exploded and has created a shift in the health and wellness communities as people everywhere are finding natural plant-based relief for their health conditions. Let's start to explore the amazing benefits of CBD for seniors and discuss the massive impact CBD can have on this group of individuals.
Today in America, there are over 46 million individuals who are 65 years of age or older.
According to the CDC, 49.6% of senior citizens suffer from Arthritis
Mental Health America found that 27% of senior citizens suffer from severe anxiety disorders that are significantly impacting their ability to function. As our senior population projected to outnumber the minor population (under 18) by 2035, we need to think of a solution, and quick.
So what is CBD?
CBD is short for Cannabidiol, is one of over 60 cannabinoids found in the Hemp plant.
Like other cannabinoids, CBD can interact with receptors in our body's Endocannabinoid System (ECS), which research has shown is the catalyst behind the many effects of the Cannabis plant. It is also the reason psychoactive cannabinoids like Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) can induce euphoric or mind-altering effects on the user.
CBD is non-psychoactive; it will not make the user high while continuing to deliver the many health properties of the Cannabis plant. Because these benefits are uniquely aligned with the conditions generally afflicted by seniors, CBD is the solution to improving the health and lives of our senior citizens!
7 Health Benefits of CBD for Seniors
1. CBD can help manage pain
CBD's ability to alleviate a condition that nearly every senior deals with―pain and inflammation.
With nearly half of the senior population in the United States suffering from Arthritis and 75–85% of seniors suffering from chronic pain―this is, unfortunately, a common problem for most seniors in America.
Studies have shown that CBD can reduce inflammation and alleviate pain from conditions such as Arthritis, Joint Pain, and Multiple Sclerosis (MS). By activating various receptors in the Endocannabinoid System, experts have found that patients treated with CBD experienced a "clinically significant reduction" in pain-related symptoms with little to no adverse side effects. As a natural alternative to traditional pain medications, CBD creates a compelling case for health care professionals and senior caregivers.
2. CBD promotes bone health
As our bodies naturally age, we endure a condition known as Osteoporosis. During Osteoporosis, our bones experience a loss of vital minerals and become fragile and brittle, making them more prone to breaking. Because of this, seniors can experience severe pain and fractures if they have a fall. With falls as the number one cause of death for men over the age of 60, and 33% of women and 25% of men older than 50 suffering from osteoporotic fractures, bone health is a severe issue for the older generation.
In addition to reducing inflammation and promoting cell repair, research has shown that the cannabinoids like CBD can help strengthen the bones and even promote the healing process if a fracture does occur.
While additional clinical trials will be needed to determine the viability of this application for the masses, the results thus far are auspicious.
3. CBD can improve quality of sleep
Sleep disorders like insomnia are a condition suffered by individuals of every age; they are widespread for seniors. Experts suggest that this is due to the shift in sleeping patterns as one gets older, along with the chemical imbalance caused by medical conditions and prescription medication.
Because sleep is the period that our body flushes out toxins and restores itself, conditions that prevent sleep are incredibly harmful to seniors.
To alleviate their sleeping disorders, most seniors will turn to sleep medications. While these may temporarily solve one problem, they create an even bigger problem in the long run.
By combatting the conditions that are causing sleeping disorders, such as stress, anxiety, restlessness, and general unbalance in the body, CBD can calm the user and naturally promote a healthier sleep problem for seniors. More importantly, it can prevent the need to take harmful sleeping medications.
4. CBD can combat addiction
Studies have shown that CBD can not only alleviate conditions that often involve harmful medication, but it can also help combat the dependency on that medication.
Findings from a 2018 study revealed that CBD could help combat addiction by preventing relapses. In the study, researchers found that after administering CBD once a day for seven days, patients no longer displayed "addictive behaviors," and it deterred the patient from relapsing for five months. As seniors decide to switch from harmful medications to natural plant relief, CBD can help combat and alleviate the withdrawal and relapsing behaviors that will arise during this process.
5. CBD can improve heart health
According to the American College of Cardiology, heart disease is the most common condition amongst older adults and the #1 cause of death for this age group.
Cardiac dysfunction is made manageable with CBD Millions of Americans suffer from various cardio-related illnesses and conditions, with heart problems continuing to be one of the leading causes of death in the developed world. While this unfortunate trend shows no sign of abating anytime soon, it is growing increasingly apparent that CBD treatments can make cardiac dysfunction more manageable for the patients who must grapple with it.
That is according to one study, at least, which speaks highly of the healing power of CBD when it comes to solving cardiac dysfunction and helping patients deal with oxidative-nitrosative stress. Patients who continue to doubt the healing abilities of CBD oil should thoroughly review said studies and the opinion of a growing body of medical experts who are increasingly championing medicinal cannabis.
Based on the research from recent studies, CBD may be an effective and natural treatment for high blood pressure. A 2017 study treated ten men with one 600 mg dose of CBD and found that it reduced the resting blood pressure of the subjects. In this same study, researchers also administered stress tests to determine the effects CBD had on the subject's stress response and found that the subject has exhibited a lower blood pressure increase than average.
In addition to reducing high blood pressure, studies found that the antioxidant properties of CBD may help reduce cardiac inflammation and can deter cell death caused by oxidative stress.
The researchers in charge of the study believed that the results "strongly suggest that it [CBD] may have great therapeutic potential in the treatment of diabetic complications, and perhaps other cardiovascular disorders, by attenuating oxidative/nitrosative stress, inflammation, cell death, and fibrosis."
By reducing blood pressure and deterring inflammation and cell death in the heart, CBD can significantly improve overall heart health and serve as a preventive measure against severe health conditions.
6. CBD can deter neurodegenerative diseases
Because CBD can interact with receptors in our brain and central nervous system, experts believe CBD could be a potential treatment for neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer's and Multiple Sclerosis. While it is still early to make a conclusive assessment, the studies below have shown some promising results
As more clinical trials are conducted, the evidence will become more and more evident. In the future, CBD could become one of the primary treatment methods for seniors suffering from neurodegenerative diseases.
7. CBD can improve mood and alleviate mood-related disorders
While we all deal with mood swings, as we start to experience the significant changes associated with getting older―like the decline of health, disabilities, or the loss of a loved one―these mood swings can often become significantly intensified.
Prolonged, they can lead to significant health problems, with a high chance of the individual developing a mental illness if they feel that they are disconnected, neglected, isolated, or lonely.
Based on the findings from numerous studies, CBD may help alleviate this condition.
By interacting with the receptors involved in regulating our mood (such as the Serotonin and Adenosine receptors), CBD can alleviate stress, calm the mind, and improve cognitive functions. These three things combined, significantly contribute to its current situation and may have a significant impact on one's mood.
Studies continue to show that CBD can effectively alleviate mood-related disorders. Over time, this can take a severe toll on their mental, physical, and psychological health.
Seniors everywhere can benefit from CBD, whether it’s an oil or a topical it is always best to speak a medical professional before attempting to self-medicate. Please share your stories and reach out to us with any questions. We have a FAQ page on our site and you can always purchase our organic whole plant product online.
Don’t leave home without it!
Let's face it, travel takes a severe toll on the mind, body, and spirit. Thankfully, CBD is one powerful holistic support that will help you thrive during your trip.
Many people experience severe anxiety while traveling. Travel disrupts your routine and requires careful coordination -- even if you're going somewhere relaxing. Some people also deal with acute stress in planes or cars, or when visiting crowded, busy places like airports.
CBD can naturally improve your mood, relieve your anxiety, and help you de-stress. With a topical CBD product, you may notice your mood improving, and the minor traumas of a stressful trip affecting you less. We find a dime to quarter size rubbed on your temples or your wrist's can bring some relief within in minutes.
Reduces Swelling & Inflammation
Some travelers notice increased swelling while on the road. Using caffeine to stay moving, filling up on salty snacks, and changing your hydration patterns will affect how your body retains water. Long periods spent sitting on planes or in cars causes blood and lymph to pool in your feet, ankles, and legs.
CBD can relieve inflammation and its adverse effects, including redness, swelling, and pain.
What's more, by rubbing ALLAY topical CBD product on any swollen areas, the massage action will gently flush out excess lymph and water while the CBD works.
For many people, travel means dry skin. Recycled air in airplane cabins, plus hyperactive A/C in hotel rooms and cars, leaves your skin ashy and itchy. Topical CBD products like oils and lotions don't just help you stay calm, collected, and healthy -- they keep you moisturized, too. It’s also great for bug bites and sunburns.
The next time you're heading out, be sure to pack one of our travel-friendly CBD topical's in your bag. They're small enough to get through the TSA checkpoint (and they're perfectly legal!) -- but they're powerful enough to help you feel your best, wherever you go.
Whether you're a professional athlete or want to get in a workout like a pro, you can take advantage of the many benefits that CBD can bring. When you integrate CBD into your pre- and post-workout routine, the results may offer you more significant benefits by addressing issues that are common among athletes. Here three key benefits that CBD brings to athletes.
Reduces Swelling and Pain
It’s no secret that you can experience swelling from a sports injury or even from exercise. But with the help of and CBD, you can keep the swelling at bay. Swelling is often a result of inflammation, and Allay can help in reducing inflammation by using anti-inflammatory components to stop the activity that promotes the inflammation. CBD is also useful in managing the pain that can come with a swollen ankle. Thanks to CBD’s ability to tap into the brain’s endocannabinoid system, managing pain from exercise or a sports injury is doable.
Enhances Your Sleep
As an athlete, your body needs rest to regain its energy and have time to develop and get stronger. CBD assists in stopping the reabsorption process of the chemical adenosine triphosphate (ATP). You need carbohydrates for energy, and adenosine triphosphate helps deteriorates as your brain burns these carbohydrates. However, the more ATP you have, the calmer you get. Thus, CBD helps induce sleep, as well as stay asleep longer. Allay ’s properties also encourage deep sleep by releasing elements, such as glycogen and melatonin, that are needed for deep sleep and body functions during sleep.
Reduces Recovery Time
Inflammation is a major issue for some athletes during a workout or competition. Some find the discomfort so painful that they have to step out of the race. Fortunately, CBD can help reduce inflammation in joints and muscles. It works by binding to your CB2 receptors to help calm down your body’s response following a hard workout. This allows for a reduction in the discomfort you may feel so you’re able to complete the exercise and keep to your training schedule.
Whether you’re focused on enhancing your athletic performance or practice as a professional athlete, you can keep exercise-induced injuries, sports injuries and other ailments at bay with the help of Allay’s organic, non-toxic product line. Shop now or check out additional resources at Allay CBD, to take advantage of its many benefits.
Trust Your Gut
Have you ever had that “gut feeling”? Sometimes that feeling in your gut is good and other times it’s a bad feeling. That gut instinct you feel that is positive helps move you forward to make a decision. Or perhaps it’s a queasy gut feeling that holds you back. There are some that refer to this feeling as intuition and write it off as not being valid. Others follow that instinct whole heartedly while others find it overwhelming and feel it too much and call it anxiety. New evidence is showing that there is a lot to be said for that feeling of butterflies or queasiness in the stomach. Our gut instinct is not only a barometer for how we feel about something, but there is a two way communication from the brain to the gut and the gut to the brain that can actually shape the way we think. Our gut can shape our overall well being physically, mentally and emotionally.
Brain Gut ConnectionThere is a physical and chemical connection from our brain to our gut and scientists call this Enteric Nervous system or (ENS) And it may be secondary to our main frame brain, but there are more than a 100 million nerve cells lining in the gastrointestinal tract from the esophagus to the rectum. According to John Hopkins University, This is why so many things like anxiety, depression and IBS contribute to our gastro intestinal disturbances and conditions.
Gut = 2nd Brain
Although we may not be able to create an original thought in our 2 nd brain (the gut) it most definitely has a line of communication with the brain. This is changing the way scientists are looking at gastrointestinal conditions. It has always been the school of thought that conditions like IBS were caused by anxiety and depression. Now it seems there is evidence to support it can also be the other way around that conditions like IBS contribute to depression and anxiety. This is important because it helps bring about a better understanding of treatment options. Not only the idea that antidepressants help the symptoms of gastro intestinal but even mind body therapy and diet can reduce the anxiety and depression.
Gut Health and emotional well being
Some studies are suggesting that good bacteria in the gut can help emotional well being. Digestive system activity can affect things like cognition and memory and there is a huge area of interest in how signals from digestive tract affect metabolism and reducing diseases like diabetes. Scientists are also suggesting that guarding and balancing bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract can aid in mental disorders and Alzheimer’s disease.
This interaction between the gut and brain is a good reason why you feel nauseous before you do a speech in front of many people. Or feel a stomach ache when you are in unfamiliar territory. Marijuana has been linked to helping reduce anxiety and nausea for years and helped increase appetite of patients going through chemo therapy. CBD’s without the THC from marijuana are being touted for their anti-inflammatory benefits for pain management as well as the aforementioned and now that same benefit is found useful in gut health.
CBDs and Gut Health
The research on CBD and gut health is in very early stages, and so far it seems very promising. Most gastrointestinal disturbances are linked to chronic inflammation and CBD works well to reduce inflammation. According to article in Baltimore Examiner, “The CBD interacts with the your bodies own cannabinoid receptors that are found in the intestines, stomach, brain including serotonin receptors, CB-1 and CB-2 receptors. CB-1 specifically has been shown to help regulate stomach acids, protect the stomach and ease nausea and vomiting”
Historically poets wrote about butterflies in the stomach and most mom’s and grandma’s followed their guts when it came to decision making… it seems that listening to your gut good or bad is not a silly superstitious idea, but your gut has a chemical and physical connection to the brain that carries valid information. So don’t let anyone tell you it’s all in your head cuz it’s in your stomach too!
For more information on Gut Health with Dr. Kellie Raydon. check out her bio and find out more about her practice at www.nectaroflife.org or email us at Info@allaymedicinal.com