The most rapidly expanding demographic to try cannabis medicine is SENIORS.
With the spread of legalization and a rush on research, there is one demographic that is positioned to extract the most advantage of all. Seniors. Whether they were once flower children of the 60s or aretotal noobs, elders are trading their prescriptions for the healing and pain-killing powers of cannabis like no one else.
One of the most popular cannabis products for seniors is CBD (cannabidiol), a non-psychotropic component of cannabis. It offers relief from inflammation pain without the high. It is unfortunate that there is still a fraction of the elder population that clings to the hippie stereotype, believing cannabis to be a drug rather than a medicine.
It is impossible for us to ignore the effect that time has on our bodies. As we age, various mental, emotional, and physical complications arise to make life in old age more difficult. To reduce these aches and pains, most seniors rely on prescription drugs that end up negatively impacting other parts of their bodies. Cannabis can, however, supplement or replace most of these prescription drugs especially those used to mitigate pain, relieve depression, and combat insomnia.
There are many ways to take CBD: edibles, oil drops, vaping, smoking high CBD strains, creams, and tinctures. Finding the right method will depend partially on preference and partially on the medical condition. Arthritic pain, for example, would do well with a vape hit in the morning followed by CBD oil. The vape will take the edge off the pain and get you up and moving; the oil will kick in after about 90-minutes and give all day pain and inflammation relief.
CBD relieves pain, improves bone healing, enhances cognitive functioning, provides a calming effect, and increases energy. It is an antioxidant that is stronger than Vitamin C and E. CBD can also help seniors increase their sleep, which has benefit to all aspects of life and health.
Prescription painkillers put seniors at risk for addiction and over-dose. In the past decade, there has been a significant increase in the number of accidental overdose-related emergency room visits from the elderly. This demographic is more likely to take multiple prescriptions and this can add confusion, ending in accidental overdose.
Cannabis, on the other hand, provides a safe alternative to the prescription drugs because it has no negative side effects and very low, some would say zero, addiction rates. In addition, no deaths or overdoses have been reported from cannabis use.
The advent of the Internet and its easy access to information, has helped many seniors to abandon their prejudice surrounding cannabis. In addition, legalization has increased awareness and access.
It makes us happy to know that so many are benefiting from this important medicine.