It might be hard for you to picture your sweet grandma rolling a joint or dropping CBD oil under her tongue, but when you think about the thousands of reviews on our website showing real people with real results, it should be pretty obvious why the appeal for CBD is so broad among our grandparents generation.
Our Grandparent’s Generation Loves CBD
While most people probably assume that the older population’s attitude towards CBD is more like “never have, never will,” according to Perry Solomon, M.D., that’s not the case… at all.
“The 65+ age group is part of the fastest-growing demographic that we are seeing when it comes to cannabis utilization. This older crowd seem to be the ones that are most curious, and willing to try new methods to contribute to their health and wellness.”
Studies have proven that the elderly generations are far less skeptical and more open-minded when it comes to holistic and “out-of-the-box” ways to improve their health.
Senior citizens love CBD.
But, instead of just taking our word for it, here’s what Nana, Alexis’ own grandma, has to say about using *and loving* CBD: “I feel the oil relaxes my muscles and eases my nerve pain. For the first month I used CBD oil, I wasn’t sure if I felt a huge difference. However, when I stopped taking it, I felt an immediate difference. The pain was worse without it. Now, I use it three times a day, and this is truly the best I have ever felt.”
Nana has been using Rosebud’s Double Strength to alleviate the pain from her back surgery and occasional hip aches.
Why Senior Citizens Are Choosing CBD
A recent survey from Remedy Review found that 9% of seniors have tried CBD for health-related reasons, and 51% of those that have tried it reported having an improved quality of life as a result.
If you are wondering what CBD actually is, let us explain; while there are more than 100 cannabinoids found in marijuana, the two main chemicals are tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). THC makes you “feel high” while CBD is the non-psychoactive compound.
CBD works because of something called the Endocannabinoid System (ECS). The ECS is a system of receptors found in the human body, which is responsible for regulating pain, appetite, mood, and memory.
The ECS consists of two primary cannabinoid receptors: CB1 receptors (most abundant in the central nervous system) and CB2 receptors (more abundant in the cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, and peripheral nervous systems). CBD interacts indirectly with both the CB1 and CB2 receptors, acting on the parts that regulate pain and inflammation.
For far too long, cannabis has been criminalized; this means that many seniors citizens never really had access to it.
However, the ever-growing popularity of all things CBD has propelled the legalization movement to new heights, with a broad majority of Americans now in support of using both recreational and medicinal marijuana products.
There are many reasons why senior citizens should add CBD to their daily routine.
Here are the top 5 reasons why CBD is great for the aging:
CBD May Help Reduce Pain
The good news is, recent studies have shown that CBD may reduce inflammation and alleviate the pain. By activating the various receptors in your Endocannabinoid System, patients treated with CBD have reported experiencing significantly less pain.
CBD Can Help Promote Better Sleep
Although people of all ages can suffer from sleep disorders, having trouble sleeping is especially bad for the elderly.
At night, during the REM cycle, our bodies have the perfect chance to flush out toxins and hit the “reset” button, so you can wake up refreshed and rejuvenated. Unfortunately, many older adults often get far less sleep than their bodies desperately need.
In order to fix these sleeping issues, many people turn to medications like sleeping pills. While these may temporarily solve one problem, they can create an even bigger one in the long run.
By combatting the conditions that are causing sleeping disorders, such as stress, anxiety, restlessness, and general un-balance in the body, CBD can calm the user and naturally promote better sleep.
CBD Can Improve Your Mood
Experiencing mood swings isn’t uncommon, especially as you age. However, sometimes the changes associated with getting older (losing friends or loved ones, declining health, changes in living situations) intensifies these feelings, and makes much them harder to manage.
If left unaided, these issues can snowball into larger problems- especially if you feel disconnected, neglected, isolated, or alone. Based on numerous studies, CBD may help alleviate this condition. One study even found that a single dose of CBD had rapid antidepressant effects on both mice and rats, lasting up to 7 days after the initial treatment.
If you suffer from untreated depression, we urge you to seek professional support.
CBD Can Boost Your Appetite
Another dangerously common health issue among the elderly is the loss of appetite, which can cause extreme weight loss, tissue weakness, and mental health issues.
Everyone knows that marijuana gives you the munchies- but what about CBD?
Just like marijuana has been proven to increase your appetite, CBD also has proven to have similar results. For about 7.8 percent of surveyed seniors, CBD created a similarly increased desire for food.
Things to Consider When Trying CBD for the First Time
Find Your “Sweet-Spot” CBD Dosage
If you’re trying to figure out the right CBD dosage, start out with a small dose of regular strength CBD oil, and go from there. Starting out small is the best way to figure out exactly what dosage of CBD will work best for you.
Where Your CBD Comes From DOES Matter
When you’re shopping for CBD oil, make sure that it was extracted from USA-grown plants; hemp farmers in the U.S must be certified by state departments of agriculture. If it is unclear where the CBD is courced, be sure to contact the manufacturer to ask where their hemp is sourced. Rosebud CBD is sun-grown on a small farm in Oregon.
Not only do we triple-lab test our CBD products, we also make sure that nothing is sprayed on our plants, and that there are no fillers, additives, flavorings, preservatives or sweeteners added.
Has the CBD Been Tested?
The current online CBD industry is like the Wild West.
Third-party lab testing not only verifies the milligrams of CBD, but it also identifies the levels of heavy metals, and pesticides that may be present in your CBD. Reputable CBD brands who are using third-party testing will make this information available on their website.
If these aren’t available on the website, call the manufacturer directly and ask for their testing results.
Consult Your Doctor Before Trying CBD
While it’s uncommon to experience any negative side effects while taking CBD, it’s still important to chat with your doctor about any potential issues that might arise.
Not Everyone’s CBD Experience Will Be the Same
Talking with friends and family members who take CBD regularly is a great way to get a feel for what you can expect. However, it’s important to keep in mind that everyone’s experience will be different. Instead of going into your first CBD session with any preconceived notions, try to let nature take its course and just enjoy your own, unique CBD experience!
Clinical trials around the world have shown that CBD really works to make the lives of senior citizens easier and more pain-free.
Are any of the seniors in your life suffering in a way that CBD could potentially help? Show them that you care about their wellbeing and have an open dialogue about the benefits of CBD.
Try to be as knowledgeable as possible and prepared to answer any questions about CBD that they may have.
If you have any questions yourself, feel free to drop it in the comments, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
The contents of this article are not medical advice, and should not be used as a substitute for seeking out primary care providers. This study is based on anecdotal evidence and relies on self-reported data. Before using any product, you should consult your doctor first, and ask about the potential risks or side effects. NO information on The Bloom should be used to diagnose, treat, prevent or cure any disease or condition.