It’s no secret that CBD can help reduce inflammation and treat chronic pain in conditions ranging from epilepsy to gastrointestinal diseases and eczema. What you may not realize is that CBD can also be extremely beneficial for seniors, providing numerous health benefits in addition to treating chronic conditions and without any “high.”
Of course you want the best for your loved ones and you want to know the science behind each new addition to their medication regimen. Here we will discuss the potential benefits of giving CBD to your grandparents or elderly relatives and friends, how to approach choosing a CBD product (or combination of products) that meets their needs, and how to help find the right dose strength.
CBD is a low-risk and potentially very beneficial way to treat a variety of age-related complications. Whether your loved one suffers from glaucoma, heart disease, dementia or arthritis, there is a suitable CBD regimen available that can help them live a healthier and happier life in their golden years. In fact, CBD has helped thousands of seniors eliminate pharmaceutical drugs altogether.
- Key Takeaways
- How can CBD benefit seniors?
- CBD for Glaucoma
- CBD to Slow Alzheimer’s and Dementia
- CBD for arthritis relief
- CBD for cardiovascular diseases
- Choosing the Right CBD Regimen for Seniors
- Find the right dose of CBD for seniors
- CBD and Alzheimer’s
- Studies on CBD for Alzheimers
- Recommended CBD regimen for Alzheimer’s
- Daily maintenance
- Management of Acute Symptoms
- The Anti-Aging Benefits of CBD
- CBD improves sleep
- CBD induces relaxation
- CBD reduces wrinkles
- CBD supports bone health
- CBD relieves inflammation
- CBD acts as an antibiotic
- Quick Note About CBD and Drug Testing
- Quick Note About CBD and Drug Testing
- YouTube video: Why Give Your Grandparents CBD?
- CBD is a low-risk and potentially very beneficial way to treat various complications associated with old age
- Whether your loved one suffers from glaucoma, heart disease, dementia or arthritis, there is a suitable CBD regimen that can help them live a healthier and happier life
- CBD has helped thousands of seniors eliminate pharmaceutical drugs altogether
How can CBD benefit seniors?
CBD is a powerful anti-inflammatory and pain reliever, making it ideal for many seniors suffering from inflammatory diseases such as arthritis (including rheumatoid arthritis), Alzheimer’s disease, type II diabetes, cardiovascular disease and more. CBD can be used to treat “flare-ups” of symptoms, but is most effective when used regularly; over time, it reduces inflammation, thereby relieving the pain associated with inflammation, as well as other symptoms such as muscle spasms and neuropathy.
CBD can be a powerful alternative to pain-relieving NSAIDs, whose long-term use can cause liver damage and can even be toxic in high doses. CBD acts on the body’s natural endocannabinoid system, causing little or no side effects while reducing or even replacing existing medications. How can CBD help in the treatment of common diseases in the elderly? Let’s take a look at some common conditions and explore the science behind CBD’s effectiveness for each.
CBD for Glaucoma
CBD works in a similar way to THC to reduce intraocular pressure, or IOP (which has also been studied and proven beneficial, but is a harder sell for many seniors who still have deeply ingrained negative associations with cannabis use). High IoP is the leading cause of glaucoma, a neurodegenerative disease that causes neurons in the eye to deteriorate and thus their communication with the brain to deteriorate.
Cannabinoids have been shown to reduce IoP by up to 25 percent, which can give your neurons much-needed relief and slow the degenerative process. CBD can also treat the eye pain experienced by some glaucoma patients, making it an ideal treatment option for patients who want both long-term treatment of the underlying cause and immediate symptom relief.
CBD to Slow Alzheimer’s and Dementia
CBD can do more than just limit the inflammation of nerve tissue characteristic of dementia. It can also act as a neuroprotectant, protecting neurons from damage and even helping to eliminate toxic proteins that cause damage specifically associated with Alzheimer’s disease.
The combined anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective properties of CBD may help slow the progression of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. If your loved one suffers from dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, CBD may help slow the progression of the disease and treat the anxiety that people with dementia often experience, especially in the later stages of the disease. Although more research is needed in this area, the risks are so small that CBD may be worth a try: At worst it will have no effect, but at best it may help your loved one live a better quality of life in their remaining days.
CBD for arthritis relief
Bone and joint pain is a common complaint among seniors, as is arthritis and its equally debilitating cousin rheumatoid arthritis. CBD can alleviate symptoms at the source by treating the underlying inflammation, reducing the effects of the disease and relieving the pain it causes. It is also a powerful analgesic and alters the perception of pain as well as attacking the cause.
CBD can be taken orally as a systemic treatment for arthritis, but can also be applied topically for localized relief. Use a CBD balm or cream to rub into joints and muscles, working both internally and externally to target and relieve inflammation and pain.
CBD for cardiovascular diseases
CBD can help treat inflammation found in the blood vessels of people suffering from heart disease and high blood pressure, potentially reducing the risk of heart attack and stroke over time as well as lowering blood pressure. CBD can also reduce inflammation in the lungs and have beneficial effects on the cardiopulmonary system. It may also reduce inflammation in the brain after a stroke and help in recovery and rehabilitation.
Choosing the Right CBD Regimen for Seniors
With all the CBD products available on the market, it’s easy to get lost in the confusion. See our CBD Buyer’s Guide for details, but the main takeaway is to look for short ingredient lists limited to carrier oil and CBD or hemp extract when looking for tinctures and softgels.
So which CBD strain is best for your loved one? We recommend CBD softgels because it is an easy and long-acting method that allows you to customize your dosage with ease and makes dosing simple and straightforward. Taking CBD orally takes a little longer (about 45 minutes), but can last up to eight hours.
For fast-acting relief, vaporizing CBD may be an option for some seniors. While not for everyone, vaporization starts to work very quickly and lasts for several hours, making it a good way to treat sudden flare-ups of symptoms.
Topical ointments can provide topical relief of pain and inflammation by targeting exactly where it hurts. Topical ointments can also relieve feelings of anxiety caused by the disorientation caused by dementia: just rub it soothingly on their skin and help them calm down – applying it to the temples and forehead is very effective.
Find the right dose of CBD for seniors
When it comes to finding the right dose, CBD is like any other medication: Finding the dose that’s right for your loved one may take some time and experimentation. The good news is that no matter how much you give them, you won’t overdose and you won’t cause any negative health effects. We’re not saying start with a full bottle of tincture, but know that there is plenty of room for error without serious consequences.
We recommend starting with about 15 mg of CBD via a softgel or tincture and increasing the dose if you don’t feel an effect after the first hour. You can always increase the dose if necessary, but you cannot reduce it once you have administered it.
Continue increasing the CBD dose until you get relief. Once you find the dose of systemic CBD product that works for your loved one, we recommend supplementing with topical products as needed to provide maximum symptom relief.
CBD and Alzheimer’s
The number of people living with Alzheimer’s is growing rapidly – in fact, someone develops Alzheimer’s disease (AD) every 65 seconds in the US. Many people are familiar with the symptoms of this disease, such as memory loss and confusion. However, the limited effectiveness of current treatments against Alzheimer’s disease encourages further research to develop new tools to prevent and slow the disease process. Below, we analyze the latest research to understand whether CBD is a viable alternative to conventional treatments for AD and dementia. These studies evaluate the medical efficacy of CBD in the treatment of individuals suffering from AD and dementia.
Studies on CBD for Alzheimers
A 2004 study highlights the neuroprotective effects of CBD in relation to AD. “Alzheimer’s disease is believed to be related in part to oxidative stress due to the membrane action of beta-amyloid peptide aggregates… Our results suggest that cannabidiol exerts a combination of neuroprotective, antioxidant and antiapoptotic effects against beta-amyloid peptide toxicity…” In other words, CBD helps prevent the onset of AD by limiting the effects of beta-amyloid peptide toxicity, the underlying cause of the disease.
For more information: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15030397
A 2012 study evaluated the therapeutic potential of the endocannabinoid system for Alzheimer’s disease. “Based on the complex pathology of AD, a preventive, multimodal drug approach targeting a combination of AD pathologic symptoms seems ideal. Importantly, cannabinoids exhibit anti-inflammatory, neuroprotective and antioxidant properties and have immunosuppressive effects. Therefore, the cannabinoid system should be a primary target for AD treatment In addition, the phytocannabinoid cannabidiol is of particular interest because it lacks the psychoactive and cognition-damaging properties of other cannabinoids.”
For more information: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22448595
A 2014 study found that long-term CBD treatment prevented the development of social recognition memory deficits in transgenic mice with Alzheimer’s disease. “Control and transgenic mice with AD were treated orally for two and a half months with 20 mg/kg CBD daily for eight months… This study is the first to demonstrate the ability of CBD to prevent the development of social recognition deficits in transgenic mice with AD. Our findings provide the first evidence that CBD may have potential as a preventive treatment for AD, particularly in relation to social withdrawal and facial recognition symptoms.”
For more information: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25024347
A 2017 study examines the evidence for the therapeutic properties of CBD for Alzheimer’s disease. The studies “demonstrate CBD’s ability to reduce reactive gliosis and neuroinflammatory response and promote neurogenesis. Importantly, CBD also reverses and prevents the development of cognitive deficits in rodent models of AD. Interestingly, combination therapies with CBD and THC, the main active ingredient of cannabis sativa, suggest that CBD may antagonize the psychoactive effects associated with THC and possibly mediate greater therapeutic benefits than either of the two phytocannabinoids alone. The studies provide “proof of principle” that CBD and possibly CBD-THC combinations are valid candidates for novel AD treatments. Further research should address the long-term potential of CBD and evaluate the mechanisms involved in the described therapeutic effects.”
For more information: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5289988/
Another study in 2017 evaluated the effect of CBD on the expression of genes associated with Alzheimer’s disease in stem cells. “CBD pretreatment in GMSCs [gingival-derived mesenchymal stem cells] modulates the transcriptional profile of these cells by reducing the expression of genes involved in AD etiopathogenesis. In conclusion, this preliminary in vitro study demonstrated that CBD-preconditioned GMSCs have superior therapeutic potential compared to CTR-GMSC cells, and we believe that their transplantation at an early stage of AD may play a role in preventing or alleviating the onset of the disease.”
Select more: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5297661/
A 2018 study showed for the first time that “cannabidiol (CBD) acts to maintain synaptic plasticity in an in vitro model of Alzheimer’s disease…Our data suggest that this major component of Cannabis sativa with no psychoactivity may have therapeutic potential for the treatment of AD.”
For more information: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29574668
As the above studies have shown, CBD has neuroprotective properties that are effective in the prevention and treatment of AD and dementia.
Recommended CBD regimen for Alzheimer’s
When formulating a CBD regimen for a specific disease or condition such as Alzheimer’s, it is important to understand that CBD should be used regularly for maximum relief. This means that it should be used as a preventative measure in the first place – it can also be used to manage acute flare-ups of symptoms, but preventative care is most important! Think of it like any other nutritional supplement or medication – you want to create a baseline concentration in your body.
To manage symptoms associated with AD and dementia, we recommend taking full spectrum CBD oil daily in the form of tincture or gel capsules. The ingredients in both products are the same; the only difference between them is the form factor and dosage – sublingual tinctures versus tablets. We recommend Alzheimer’s patients to start with 15 mg of CBD per day. If relief is not felt at this dose, we recommend increasing it by five or 10 mg until the desired effect is achieved. You will notice that the gel capsules are pre-filled and contain 15 mg or 25 mg CBD per tablet. There is nothing wrong with starting above the 15 mg CBD threshold as you cannot overdose on CBD and there are no serious side effects. These ingestible products provide lasting symptom relief for several hours – many people find that they provide relief for the whole day! The only thing to keep in mind with ingestible CBD products is the delayed onset of action – it can take up to 90 minutes for the full effects of tinctures or capsules to be felt.
Management of Acute Symptoms
In addition to the daily Alzheimer’s disease management program described above, many people still need a safe way to manage acute symptoms. Regardless of the triggering factors, we recommend CBD vaporization to combat these acute flare-ups of AD and dementia symptoms. The advantage of vaporizing or dabbing CBD is that relief can be felt almost immediately. We offer 99% pure CBD isolate or pre-filled CBD vaporizer cartridges because they provide a wave of relief that can be felt throughout the entire body.
You can also take more CBD in the form of tinctures or gel capsules to deal with these attacks; just keep in mind that the onset time will be significantly longer than vaporization.
The Anti-Aging Benefits of CBD
Aging, and especially visible aging, is a complex topic in American culture. While some people embrace their laugh lines and gray hair, industries are dedicated to our desire to look young. Relatively new to the beauty and skincare field, CBD can help fight the signs of aging. CBD has many anti-aging benefits just waiting to be used in effective skin care treatments.
As we age, our journeys around the sun begin to show up more and more on our skin. It can be difficult and in many cases impossible to prevent the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, dark spots and sagging skin. Visible signs of aging are an inevitable part of life, but that doesn’t stop most of us from trying to delay them as much as possible.
Although medical treatments such as chemical peels, fillers, injections and even surgery are used to reduce visible aging, these methods are invasive and expensive. As a result, many people are looking for new, healthy and natural ways to reduce the rate of visible aging without having to go under the knife (or needle).
Although often thought of as a therapeutic ingredient, CBD is proving to be a powerful anti-aging tool. The hemp-derived compound has many benefits for physical health, and these benefits can also apply to the skin. Although it is best known for its pain-relieving, anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective properties, cannabidiol also plays an important role in preventing aging.
Here, we’ll take a look at the anti-aging benefits of CBD for skin and overall health, discuss the science behind each one, and offer some guidelines on how to get the most out of your dose.
Aging is linked to many variables that are out of our control. But that doesn’t mean that the aging process is completely out of our hands. The anti-aging benefits of CBD can be used to slow aging, improve quality of life and support overall well-being. CBD provides all of these anti-aging benefits without serious side effects and with zero risk of dependence or addiction.
CBD improves sleep
Sleep is an important factor when it comes to aging, and years of insufficient sleep add to your face. Sleep deprivation can actually accelerate aging over a long period of time. Research shows that individuals suffering from sleep disorders often look older than those with better habits.
This effect is likely due to the stress that sleep deprivation causes on your cells and tissues, especially a chronic lack of quality sleep. Research has shown that lack of adequate sleep can lead to degeneration of cells, accelerated signs of aging and increased risk of disease – wow!”
CBD helps improve sleep by promoting relaxation, making it easier to fall asleep by reducing heart rate and slowing thoughts. It also helps keep the body in REM sleep – the stage of sleep where you dream. REM sleep is crucial for waking up feeling rested and rejuvenated. This feeling of revitalization transfers to the skin, preventing damage and speeding up healing.
CBD induces relaxation
Cannabidiol promotes relaxation, inducing a sense of calm well-being and comfort. First, CBD acts as an anxiolytic. It promotes a general feeling of relaxation and reduces the stress response of the mind and body by calming tense nerves.
CBD has also been found to reduce the body’s stress and inflammatory responses that often manifest in our skin in the form of bleeding, dryness and hyperpigmentation. Topical application of CBD can help address these issues directly on the skin, improving its texture, tone and radiance when used over a long period of time.
Finally, CBD causes muscle relaxation when applied to the skin. This effect can help prevent wrinkles when used over time, especially when applied to the face. Especially when it comes to wrinkles…
CBD reduces wrinkles
The most visible signs of aging appear on the skin in the form of wrinkles and fine lines. What start as small wrinkles on the skin gradually deepen and lengthen over time. They exacerbate the loss of firmness and elasticity of the skin, making us look older.
CBD helps by increasing the body’s production of collagen. For this, it reduces the rate at which collagen is broken down in the body. Since collagen is responsible for the elasticity of our skin, increasing collagen levels in our skin can give our skin a more youthful appearance.
Furthermore, full-spectrum and broad-spectrum CBD contains essential nutrients that support continuous cell renewal, which improves the overall health and appearance of the skin. At the same time, it hydrates and moisturizes the skin enough to keep it looking radiant and glowing from the inside.
CBD supports bone health
As we age, bone health becomes an increasingly important issue. The body starts to synthesize bone minerals such as calcium differently, which changes the composition of the bones. This can lead to bone degeneration and other medical conditions such as osteoporosis and arthritis.
CBD contains essential nutrients that help replace those lost due to altered metabolism. These include calcium and magnesium, as well as vitamin E, which helps make these nutrients bioavailable. CBD can help relieve symptoms of osteoporosis and arthritis, such as chronic pain and inflammation.
CBD relieves inflammation
CBD helps replenish essential minerals in the body. It contains high levels of minerals such as calcium that enhance healing and promote cell regeneration. Full spectrum CBD with its additional nutrient content supports the body’s healing and recovery from inflammation and injury.
Cannabidiol is an important pain reliever due to its enhanced interaction with the endocannabinoid system. These interactions help regulate various body systems and functions. As a result, they help reduce pain and get rid of inflammation.
CBD acts as an antibiotic
The skin and the body as a whole are constantly exposed to radical elements that can cause injury or infection. These include dust, extreme temperatures, rain, abrasion, tears and bacteria. All these threats have different potential effects on the skin and personal health, but CBD can help neutralize them.
Cannabidiol contains antibacterial properties that help eliminate many types of bacteria on the surface of the skin. It cleanses and moisturizes, protecting the skin against possible invaders. CBD can help relieve eczema and studies have shown that it prevents excess sebum production. This effect may also make CBD effective against many types of acne.
Quick Note About CBD and Drug Testing
The data we have on CBD is already anecdotal, and its potential impact on drug testing is no exception. There are very few peer-reviewed studies on the subject and those that exist paint a rather ambiguous picture: Avoiding full-spectrum products containing trace amounts of THC may reduce the risk of false positives, but it may not eliminate that risk entirely.
If you are concerned about your loved one’s ability to pass a drug test, you need to consider this potential risk when deciding whether CBD is right for them. To learn more about CBD and the science of drug testing, check out this article for a more detailed discussion on how to minimize the risk of false positive results.<2