People in the 21st century are living longer than ever before, and the old stereotypes that used to apply to the aging process — for example, that you have to slow down and eventually give up the activities you’ve always enjoyed — have long since fallen by the wayside.

In fact, modern seniors are continuing to find new ways to slow the breakdown of their bodies and overcome physical and mental limitations, without shuffling from doctor visit to doctor visit or turning to a complicated cocktail of prescription medication. 

More and more seniors are discovering the benefits of CBD for an active lifestyle and harnessing the power of cannabidiol, via topicals and tinctures, as a natural and safe method of improving their overall quality of life. Here are a few ways in which CBD supplementation could be a great addition to your health and wellness regimen as you age.

Mood

Getting older takes its toll, both physically and mentally, and everything from declining health to increased isolation can cause older adults to experience intense mood swings that ultimately impact their mental health. CBD interacts with the mood-regulating receptors in the brain (serotonin, adenosine) without producing the “high” feeling associated with THC, the main psychoactive ingredient found in the cannabis plant. Studies have shown that CBD may help to reduce stress and create a greater sense of calm while also improving cognitive function.

Cognition

As mentioned above, because it interacts with receptors in the brain, CBD may help to improve memory and increase our ability to focus. Some studies even suggest CBD could be a potential treatment for Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases.(1)

Sleep

Proper rest is crucial to our physical and mental health, particularly as we age. Did you know that sleep disorders such as insomnia are particularly common among older adults?(2) A lack of sleep can contribute to falls and physical injuries, as well as drag down a person’s mood and negatively impact their social interactions. CBD is a possible solution. It can help to relax the body, calm the mind, and decrease stress and anxiety, without the need for prescription sleep medication.

Pain Management

Physical pain holds so many people back from living life to the fullest. In fact, an estimated 65 percent of seniors report suffering from some type of pain (3), whether it’s due to an injury, a chronic condition such as arthritis or osteoporosis, or another side effect of aging. As you can probably guess, the most common remedy for chronic pain is medication. CBD could be an effective alternative. Studies suggest that using CBD as a natural anti-inflammatory agent may help seniors to manage pain without the side effects associated with pharmaceuticals.(4)

Mobility

Finally, by helping to improve sleep, reduce inflammation in the body, and manage pain, CBD can help seniors with another crucial element of the health-and-wellness equation: physical activity.

If you or a loved one has been struggling to work more movement into your lifestyle, check out this infographic for inspiration.

See for yourself how a high-quality, natural CBD supplement can help you or a senior loved one live a better quality of life. Browse through our website and check out our extensive selection of CBD products you can buy online or search our Store Locator for the retail location nearest you that carries our US-sourced, full-spectrum balms, lotions and drops. For more information, feel free to contact us today.

Sources: (1) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28412918 
(2) https://www.healthline.com/health/sleep/sleep-disorders-in-the-elderly
(3) https://www.painconsortium.nih.gov/sites/default/files/aging_and_chronic_pain_infographic_508.pdf
(4) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4851925/