It is well known that the elderly are the fastest growing customer base of CBD, because cannabinoids like CBD can help to improve chronic pain, insomnia and other diseases currently difficult to treat for the elderly.
In a review study of more than 1000 elderly people, including those aged 54 and older, a considerable number of them reported that the CBD they were taking had a positive impact on them. This is easy to see in the data, including:
89% of the participants said they would recommend CBD essential oil;
51% of the people said that the quality of life was higher after taking CBD essential oil;
Most people seem to use CBD essential oil to help relax and keep fit;
75% reported no side effects, while 25% reported experiencing minor side effects such as fatigue, altered appetite and dry mouth, but overall, the benefits far outweighed the disadvantages.
In fact, more than half of the participants experienced an improvement in their quality of life, while only a quarter experienced a few side effects.
01. Alzheimer's disease
There are 35 million people diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease (AD) all over the world. At present, traditional drugs are still unable to treat the disease well, so there is an urgent need to solve innovative methods for the treatment of this degenerative neurological disease.
As early as 2007, the British Journal of pharmacology published a study that cannabinoid can reduce the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease. This study shows that Alzheimer's disease is caused by certain elements that cause neuronal cell death and damage the communication between neurons, leading to cognitive degradation. Cannabinoid provides neuroprotection and reduces neuroinflammation. Meanwhile, it supports the internal repair mechanism of the brain by increasing the expression of neurotrophic factors and enhancing neurogenesis.
After six weeks of treatment, 39 patients with severe Alzheimer's disease were treated with nabilone, which was approved by the University of Toronto for the treatment of severe Alzheimer's disease.
02. "Old age killer" Parkinson
Parkinson's disease (PD) is a common neurodegenerative disease. It is more common in the elderly. The average age of onset is about 60 years old. Parkinson's disease is rare in young people under 40 years old. According to incomplete statistics, the prevalence of Parkinson's disease is about 1.7% in people over 65 years old in China, which is the third largest elderly disease in the world.
Parkinson's disease is a chronic nervous system disease. This means that the disease will worsen over time, and there is no known cure for the disease, which can lead to lack of control of physical movement, depression, cognitive decline, and so on. At the same time, the disease also affects the patient's diet, sleep and many other important physical functions and activities.
The researchers analyzed that endogenous cannabinoid plays a key role in regulating the physiological and motor functions of basal ganglia. The activated endogenous cannabinoid can stimulate dopamine release, regulate synaptic plasticity, inhibit GABA and glutamate release in basal ganglia, and ultimately improve the motor function of Parkinson's patients. In addition, endogenous cannabinoid has neuroprotective effect and can effectively prevent dopaminergic nerve loss.
03. Sequelae of stroke
Stroke is the most common in the elderly. When arteries and blood vessels in the brain are blocked, a stroke occurs. It causes inflammation and releases very harmful free radicals. CBD is very helpful because it helps to resist certain actions in the brain. It also reduces inflammation and removes dead brain cells. Studies have shown that the treatment of CBD may accelerate the recovery rate after stroke.
04. Improve sleep quality and prevent insomnia
The older you get, the less time you have for sustainable deep sleep. However, sleep is the most important activity of human beings. During deep sleep, our brain is rested and toxins are eliminated. Therefore, sleep quality has a strong effect on preventing age-related diseases, such as Alzheimer's disease and glaucoma. At present, most people rely on sleeping pills to fall asleep, but sleeping pills are highly dependent and have many side effects. CBD has a good sedative and sedative effect, can reduce the time of low quality sleep and prolong the time of deep sleep.
05. Improve heart health and high blood pressure
According to the American Heart Association, heart disease is the most common disease in the elderly and the leading cause of death in this age group. It's no surprise that more than half of American adults have high blood pressure, the main cause of heart disease. According to recent studies, CBD may be an effective and natural treatment for hypertension.
According to a study of 10 men, it was found that CBD reduced resting blood pressure in subjects. In the same study, the researchers also conducted a stress test to determine the effect of CBD on the stress response of subjects and found that the subjects' blood pressure increased below normal.
In addition to reducing hypertension, studies have found that the antioxidant properties of CBD may help to reduce cardiac inflammation and prevent cell death caused by oxidative stress.
The results "strongly suggest that it [CBD] may have great therapeutic potential in the treatment of diabetic complications and other cardiovascular diseases by reducing oxidative / nitrosation stress, inflammation, cell death and fibrosis," the researchers responsible for the study said. “。
By lowering blood pressure and preventing heart inflammation and cell death, CBD can significantly improve overall heart health and act as a measure to prevent serious health conditions.
06. Relieve chronic pain and inflammation
First of all, on our list, is CBD capable of relieving pain and inflammation in almost every elderly person. Because nearly half of the elderly in the United States have arthritis, 75-85% of the elderly have chronic pain, which is an unfortunate problem for the majority of the elderly in the United States.
Studies have shown that CBD can reduce inflammation, relieve pain caused by arthritis, joint coating and multiple sclerosis (MS).
By activating various receptors in the endogenous cannabinoid system, experts found that patients treated with CBD experienced "clinically significant reductions" in pain related symptoms, with few side effects.
As a natural alternative to traditional painkillers, CBD has created a compelling case for healthcare professionals and senior nurses.
07. Promoting bone health
As our bodies age naturally, we suffer from a disease called osteoporosis.
During osteoporosis, our bones experience the loss of important minerals and become fragile and vulnerable, making them more vulnerable to rupture. Therefore, if the elderly fall, the elderly may suffer severe pain and fracture.
With falls becoming the leading cause of death in men over 60, 33% of women and 25% of men over 50 suffer from osteoporotic fractures, and bone health is a serious problem for the older generation.
In addition to reducing inflammation and promoting cell repair, studies have shown that cannabinoids like CBD can actually help strengthen bones and even promote healing when fractures occur.
Although additional clinical trials are needed to determine the feasibility of this application for masses, the results so far are promising.