As legal freedoms regarding CBD have become more widespread, more people are turning to it for their ailments.
With evidence backing its potency as an anti-inflammatory aid, it may be no surprise that CBD could be beneficial for those in their golden years.
Senior citizens who experience ailments like chronic pain and sleep deprivation have CBD as an option.
CBD for the elderly is available in a variety of forms. This includes sublingual (under the tongue), topical, and intranasal (inhalation) methods.
These words may sound intimidating, but rest assured that in this article, you’ll get a breakdown of these methods and the best products for your needs. Plus, you’ll learn about our special gift just for senior citizens!
How CBD Works
Contrary to the misinformation that continues to linger, CBD will not get you high the way cannabis does. This is because medical and recreational cannabis contains THC, which is what is responsible for creating the high and endorphin rush associated with marijuana.
That being said, THC and CBD are related, both falling into a group of chemical components known as cannabinoids, and while their functions vary, they are often beneficial to our well-being.
CBD interacts with our bodies through a special system known as the endocannabinoid system, When CBD enters the system, the rush of cannabinoids encourages it to release its own cannabinoids, known as endocannabinoids, more readily. This chemical release helps regulate many functions, including mood, stress, pain, sleep regulation, and appetite.
Hemp-derived CBD is made from legal industrial hemp, which you can freely buy without a prescription.
Side Effects of CBD for the Elderly
While CBD has shown few serious side effects, senior citizens should be extra careful when incorporating it into their regimen, as metabolisms and endocannabinoid tones can become more variable with age.
Those in the elderly age group should consult their physician beforehand, and start with a low dosage.
The Best CBD for You & Your Budget
Due to the current limited supply and overwhelming demand, the cost of CBD products are hardly chump change. While the price points are expected to improve over the next few years as the industry grows, it’s important to make sure you’re putting your hard-earned dollar on quality CBD.
The Best Way to Take CBD
CBD can be used to treat symptoms through a wide variety of methods, from gummies, to pain creams, tinctures and even chewing gum! Here, we’ll go over the three most common methods: sublingual, or under the tongue, absorption, topical absorption, and intranasal absorption.
When comparing the most suitable method, the consumer should especially consider the bioavailability, which is the rate at which a substance is absorbed, as well as how long it takes to experience its benefits.
Sublingual CBD (i.e., tinctures)
Sublingual products exist in the form of tinctures, which are applied below the tongue, and left alone unswallowed for 30 seconds to 1 minute. It’s important that you do not swallow the product, as digesting it will alter the bioavailability.
Topical CBD (i.e., creams, balms, etc.)
Topical CBD is popular for those with chronic physical pain, such as arthritis and inflammation. This is largely due to the way you can target specific areas by applying cream directly to them.
- Bioavailability: 6-20% (studies vary)
- Delivers effects in approx. 30-120 minutes
When vaped from a cartridge, CBD delivers the quickest supply of benefits. It provides a pleasant, nicotine-free experience in a variety of flavors.
- Bioavailability: 34% to 46% (sometimes as high as 56%)
- Delivers effects within 10 minutes
CBD for Pain Relief
According to this cross-sectional study, the most common reason individuals take CBD is to treat their chronic pain. When it comes to fast-acting pain relief, individuals have increasingly turned to CBD in the form of either topical products, like CBD pain cream, as well as tinctures, which are taken sublingually. Some individuals also treat their acute, chronic pain by inhaling CBD in the form of vape cartridges. Each method has its own benefits, so the best option depends upon the individual.
Topical CBD for Pain
If you believe that CBD creams are the best option for your chronic and/or acute pain, we recommend our CBD Pain Cream, which is formulated with turmeric, copaiba, and arnica.
Edible CBD products take at least an hour to digest before taking effect. But creams absorb through the skin almost instantly, delivering quick, efficient pain relief.
Sublingual CBD for Pain
If you are new to using sublingual CBD for pain relief, we recommend you start with our mildest formula: our 300 mg CBD Tincture is one of our most popular products, thanks to its mild, but potent effects.
This tincture can be administered sublingually, by leaving drops under the tongue for 30-60 seconds. It can also be added to beverages and food.
CBD for Bone Support and Musculoskeletal Health
According to the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, CBD strengthens bones and hastens the recovery of fractures.
CBD for Fibromyalgia
If you’re seeking a specialty CBD for your fibromyalgia, we can’t recommend our Fibromyalgia Relief CBD enough. These capsules are formulated with a mild dosage of 25 mg pure CBD isolate. They also contain essential vitamins, minerals, and nutrients. This assists with the nerve ending hypersensitivity associated with fibromyalgia, including magnesium, folic acid, vitamin C, and vitamin B-12.
CBD for Better Sleep
CBD is often sought out as an effective natural sleep aid. One study showed that CBD could improve sleep by reducing anxiety. The study involved 72 subjects experiencing anxiety and poor sleep, who were given 25 mg CBD capsules. In the first 30 days, 79.2% of the subjects reported lower anxiety levels and 66.7% reported improved sleep.
Our Sleep Aid CBD is formulated with 25 mg pure CBD isolate, along with ingredients scientifically proven to ease anxiety and insomnia, like L-Theanine, B-Phenyl Gamma, and melatonin.
Due to its anti-inflammatory, de-stressing properties, CBD for the elderly can be a suitable treatment for most. What matters most, though, is that you find the right CBD for you, and with Every Day Optimal, we’ll give you the discount that ensures that you do.