Many seniors in the United States are turning to cannabis / CBD to help with pain relief, anxiety and sleep. In fact, a recent survey by 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 afterward.” The Population Reference Bureau has tabulated that, “The number of Americans ages 65 and older is projected to nearly double from 52 million in 2018 to 95 million by 2060, and the 65-and-older age group’s share of the total population will rise from 16 percent to 23 percent.“ With the population of elderly growing more rapidly in the last decade, it is no wonder why CBD and cannabis products have become increasingly popular.
For seniors who are interested, cannabis and hemp-derived CBD products can be life-changing. Many still have concerns, and this article will serve to address the efficacy of CBD, how to find a quality CBD product, and how CBD can help.
The answer is no. CBD is one of many naturally occurring cannabinoids within hemp and it does not possess any psychoactive properties. THC or tetrahydrocannabinol, is another well known cannabinoid. THC is the only element in the hemp plant which causes the high. In full spectrum, phytocannabinoid rich oils, the THC level is below .3%.
Inside your body is an essential system called the Endocannabinoid System (ECS), which includes cell receptors throughout your body. The overarching purpose of this system is to create homeostasis or balance. If your ECS is deficient you can manifest into a variety of ailments. You can support your ECS with healthy living choices such as minimizing stress, exercise, eating a healthy diet and supplementing it with a full spectrum phytocannabinoid rich hemp oil. Full spectrum hemp oils contain all the beneficial elements of the plant. When properly managed, your ECS can help support healthy sleep cycles, help manage stress, bring about a sense of calmness and help address discomfort.
Once you become comfortable with a couple things about CBD: 1) it won't get them high and 2) a little bit about how the Endocannabinoid System works, the next question is typically, "How much do I take?"
This is a very common question with many articles written across the internet. Many people falsely interpret that the higher the dose the better for the person. They read a lable that says "300mg CBD" and another that says "2000mg CBD" and believe that higher is better. This is not true.
The first thing to remember is that CBD is not a single product - it's a category of products. Click here to read more about this concept. Once you are comfortable with what CBD product you are taking, the dosages will vary depending on a variety of factors including:
- your body weight
- the condition you’re treating and the severith of the condition
- your individual body chemistry
- the concentration of CBD in each pill, capsule, drop, or gummy
There are a lot of variables that go into deciding how much CBD to take. Before trying CBD, be sure to talk to your doctor about an appropriate dosage and any potential risks. If your doctor tells you how much to use, stick to their recommendation. If your doctor doesn’t provide a recommendation, it’s best to start with a smaller dosage and gradually increase it. Continue this until you feel that it’s effectively treating your symptoms. And keep track of how much CBD you’re taking and whether your symptoms are getting better.
Over the past couple years, CBD has popped up everywhere. From oils to a skincare ingredient to gummies to dog treats to infused hamburgers. It’s an amazing compound, which continues to be researched, however not all CBD oils are the same. To help navigate the basics, we created this blog post with a frequently asked questions format. Be informed. Be well.
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Look for CBD extracted from USA-grown plants, using organic farming practices. U.S farmers must be certified by state departments of agriculture. Most companies will display where they source their hemp, but if you cannot clearly see where they source their plants, call the manufacturer and ask. Vitalibis recently certified their entire supply chain as USDA Organic.
Low priced products may use questionable methods when extracting CBD oil, such as using toxic solvents like propane, hexane, pentane or butane - even CO2 is not the greatest method (however CO2 brands will say otherwise, of course). Safer methods include Whole Plant Infusion, which infuses CBD into MCT Oil using only heat, without any of the harsh chemicals usually associated with extraction. Vitalibis uses a patent-pending extraction process using only heat.
Third-party testing not only verifies the milligrams of CBD, but also reports levels of heavy metals, and pesticides. Reputable brands, using third-party testing will make this known on their packaging. If there is no label present, call the manufacturer directly and ask for their testing results. Vitalibis triple tests our products during the supply chain process.
You and your physician will know what is best for your body and the ailments you are trying to treat. Always consult your physician before beginning a new pain management technique such as CBD or cannabis.