CBD, Medicine and the Ageing Population
The health benefits and medical applications of cannabinoids have gradually been growing in public awareness.
They were first introduced for medical application in the US back in 1996 for treatment issues such as glaucoma, muscle spasms, nausea, appetite loss, pain, and anxiety-related disorders.
In 2018 cannabinoids were approved for medical application and prescription in the UK.
Many of the health benefits of cannabinoids (specifically CBD) are particularly relevant to issues experienced by the elderly.
However, the unfortunate thing is that much of our generation of elderly people (in the UK) have lived most of their lives with perceptions of cannabinoids as bad, illegal, immoral, or scary.
This is a perception that prevents them from being open to its treatment of issues related to:
Stiffness and joint pain: In one poll of 2,600 people who regularly experienced joint pain and stiffness, carried out by the Arthritis Association, 30% of people said that their stiffness was improved with the use of CBD with 71% also reporting that CBD improved their previously disrupted sleep. CBD is also an anti-inflammatory meaning that it can be used to treat and lessen stiffness caused directly by inflammation.
Pain: In controlled studies, cannabinoids have been found to decrease sensations of pain and discomfort
Brain Health: CBD acts on the endocannabinoid system in the brain, which has implicated effects on memory, immune and metabolic functioning
Anxiety: CBD is commonly reported to have the effect of reducing anxiety, without the side effects caused by other substances that are used to treat anxiety.
Heart Health: Some research indicates that CBD can aid in lowering blood pressure.
Much of our generation of elderly people have lived most of their lives with a certain notion of cannabinoids and what they are. This perception is almost exclusively related to the illegal use of smoked cannabis.While CBD is a compound found in cannabis, is it completely separate from THC which is the illegal compound in cannabis that 'gets you high'. THC is psychoactive and is commonly reported to lead to anxiety in people, while CBD on the other hand has no psychoactive effects and is commonly reported to have the opposite effect.
CBD oil is completely legal with a growing body of clinical and anecdotal evidence supporting its health benefits. It is also very rarely reported to have side effects.
At HBHM, the primary people who are drawn to our CBD oil are athletes or are involved in some sort of athletic performance on a regular basis (because of its anti-inflammatory benefits and its benefits for sleep and recovery). And, typically, these people have no reservations around CBD.
However, If you know someone who is wary of CBD and yet you feel that they could potentially benefit from learning about it then we invite you to forward this article to them.
And with this in mind, for those who have read to the end of this article and found relevance in it, we are including a 10% discount on our HBHM CBD isolate oil.
CBD should not be used as a substitute for medication, and you should consult with your physician if using it in conjunction with other medications.