There are over 109 million people over the age of 50 in the US today, including Baby Boomers aged 55 to 75. Their interests and lifestyles are very different from those of the same age range from 20 years ago. In fact, this group doesn’t even like to be referred to as “seniors”. They don’t behave like they are older, and they are living longer than generations of the past.
Their lifestyle, interests, and behavior does not mirror previous generations that came before them. There are many reasons for that including advancements in medicine, food consumption, technology, and a wide array of health and wellness products and opportunities that are afforded to them.
People Love CBD
Nearly 1 in 11 of every American over the age of 50 now use some form of CBD product in their daily routine. They are doing this regardless of the fact that there are still no crystal-clear guidelines from the FDA on its benefits. And since there are so many brands and products out there making claims it’s essential that you carefully research the one you are considering so that you make the right choice.
Do Your Research
- Make sure it’s grown in the USA by a farm which is licensed by the USDA or the relevant state agricultural authority
- Make sure the ingredients are clearly labeled
- Make sure they don’t make medical claims which are not permitted by the FDA
- Make sure the product has been tested by an independent 3rd party lab. Ideally, these lab reports are available and preferably linked with a QR code on the package.
- The manufacturer should be able to trace the finished product to the hemp which was grown by a licensed farmer, with supported lab reports which show the legality of the hemp the CBD was derived from, the CBD concentrate which was obtained via an extraction method which is approved by state authorities. Make sure it is free of contaminants and unsafe elements, such as heavy metals, pesticides, microbials and mycotoxins, and residual solvents
- Make sure that it’s gluten-free and vegan if you follow dietary requirements
- Make sure there are consumer reviews of the product are verified by a qualified 3rd party provider
Consider Your Regimen
When you have found a brand you want to use, you should consider the delivery method you prefer, i.e. topical vs ingestible. Depending on what you are using the CBD for, the answer to this question should be easy to figure out. A good brand will offer a few different options.
Be Mindful of Any Prescriptions
After you’ve cut through the clutter on all of this, it’s important to first consult with your physician before purchasing. You may be on prescriptions or over the counter medications and you would not want CBD to interfere with your treatment plan established by your healthcare practitioner.
Once you settle on the brand and product, internal or topical, or both, think about how you intend to incorporate CBD into your daily wellness regimen, then you can select the product format and concentration which best suits your lifestyle. It’s helpful to consider a brand that offers a risk-free trial so that if you are not pleased with the product, you can return or exchange it.
There are a host of reasons consumers use CBD as an alternative to conventional medicines and incorporate CBD into their wellness routine after they have consulted with their physician:
Muscle and joint discomfort
Muscle and joint discomfort – CBD has been used in various forms of aiding with some of this discomfort. Any discomfort brought on by stiff muscles and joints may be eased with application of CBD lotion or CBD tinctures. The cannabinoids interact with your CB1 and CB2 receptors in the cells and can stimulate them to produce healthy cells. This may reduce some of the swelling or inflammation of muscles and joints. There are scientific studies conducted to determine the efficacy of this.
Improvement of sleep cycle
Those over 50 may suffer from sleep disorders that include difficulty in falling asleep, staying asleep or having an overall good night’s sleep. Disruptions to your sleep cycle can impact other health issues and the overall quality of your life. CBD may help to relax and calm the mind and potentially assist in improving your sleep pattern. There are scientific studies conducted on this very topic. CBD may provide a calming effect that may help you turn your “active mind” down a notch so that you are able to get some rest. Worry over things can often keep the mind working overtime. CBD may help reduce those thoughts and help quiet the mind down to promote sleep.
CBD has been used by seniors and people of all ages to assist in treating stress and may also provide a feeling of well-being. Studies have shown that CBD may be effective in alleviating stress, but you should always consult with your physician first. CBD provides an affordable and reasonable option if your physician agrees.
Bone density begins to deteriorate as we age, and it can be the cause of bone fractures and fragility of the bones. CBD may have some surprising benefits for seniors as it relates to bone strength. Studies have shown that CBD may work in assisting with the health and preservation of healthy bones. The cannabinoids found in CBD interact with the CB1 and CB2 receptors that can be found in the bone tissue cells. Again, as we always suggest, it’s important to consult with your physician before considering this.
One common challenge seniors face is tied to the amount of food they consume daily. Often, as we age, we tend to decrease our daily intake of food. In some cases, if an older person is living alone, they may not have the means or the motivation to prepare a meal that is for only one person. Eating regularly promotes a healthy mind, body, and soul. It is essential for a senior and a person of any age to maintain a healthy body which means eating meals regularly and in the amount the body needs. CBD may assist with appetite issues and may even make the food more enjoyable. It may stimulate the appetite as well. A recent study substantiates that CBD can improve appetite.
As we get older and for some people of all ages, if we are taking medications or having changes to our body, we may experience nausea which can reduce interest in eating which results in health challenges. CBD may help alleviate nausea and reduce vomiting. Historically, many cultures across the globe have used it for its ability to reduce nausea and vomiting. There are recent studies that provide insight on the effectiveness of this.
CBD is Not Medication
It’s important to underscore that there are many important differences between CBD and conventional medicines. Medicines made by pharmaceutical companies are usually (but not always) manufactured and many contain chemicals and artificial inputs. CBD, on the other hand, is plant-based, comes from the hemp plant, and is extracted from the plant and added to other ingredients to create the products available for purchase.
Before considering CBD, It is essential that you confirm with your physician or healthcare practitioner that incorporating CBD into your regimen will not adversely interact with any of your necessary medications and if there are any potential side effects.
The Versatility of CBD
CBD does not require a prescription and it’s relatively easy to purchase from a reliable and trusted source. Most CBD sellers do not have a license to grow hemp/CBD, so check your source before you buy it. CBD comes in different forms from tinctures to creams and lip-balms, to soft-gel capsules. You can select a type that is best suited for your desired need or outcome and what works best with your lifestyle.
One thing is for sure, people are living longer today thanks to the incredible advances in medical science. Those over 50, including boomers and seniors, are more active and connected and have greater demands on controlling their health and well-being. Many may wish to consider holistic approaches to their wellness and are more open to considering CBD as an alternative to conventional remedies.