The last few years of the decade saw the emergence of cannabidiol (CBD), a chemical produced by hemp. Late in 2018, Congress passed the Farm Bill, legislation that removed hemp from the list of controlled substances. The bill also set a 0.3% limit for THC (delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol), the chemical that creates the psychoactive high that cannabis is famous for.
In the year that followed, the market for cannabidiol blossomed into a raging industry worth billions. Experts say the CBD industry will be worth $20 billion dollars by 2024. Most of the demand for CBD is due to anecdotal evidence that paints cannabidiol as a miracle drug. According to testimonials, the chemical is effective against a number of conditions including chronic pain, high blood pressure and anxiety.
In June 2018, the FDA approved a CBD based drug to treat seizures in two rare and hard to treat pediatric epilepsies, Dravet Syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome.
If the anecdotal evidence is to be believed, CBD is a potent and versatile medicine that works against a ton of conditions. Let’s see how the elderly would also benefit from a dose of high-quality CBD.
Pain Relief. A survey by Gallup found that 14% of the Americans who use CBD do so for pain relief. CBD is a powerful anti-inflammatory, and this makes it a powerful pain reliever. Chronic pain from a variety of reasons, such as arthritis, is common among the elderly, and most of them rely on prescription painkillers. While they do work, they are known to cause side effects. CBD, on the other hand, has barely any side effects when taken in moderation, making it a far better option for pain relief.
Blood pressure and heart health. Heart disease is the leading cause of death among the elderly, and seniors are often advised to eat healthy meals and exercise as much as they can. Clinical trials have found that CBD has a positive effect on the circulatory system, helping to ease pressure on the heart and blood vessels.
Neurodegenerative diseases. Conditions such as Alzheimer’s and Multiple Sclerosis (MS) often develop with age. They are characterized by changes in memory and personality, issues with mobility, pain and muscle spasms. Sativex, a drug made from THC and CBD can be prescribed to MS patients who feel traditional pharmaceuticals aren’t working for them. Recent studies have shown that CBD can reduce the impact of inflammation, oxygen buildup and brain cells decline, all of which cause Alzheimer’s disease.
Better sleep. Seniors usually require more sleep but unfortunately, the medical conditions accompanying old age make it difficult to enjoy a good night’s sleep. CBD reduces anxiety and stress levels, and in concert with its pain-relieving properties, relaxes the user and makes it easier to enjoy high-quality sleep.
It’s important to note that there isn’t a lot of information on CBD, especially dosing, so make sure you consult your doctor before using cannabidiol products.
Experts think that the fact that there is currently little information about the most appropriate dose to trigger the desired CBD effects could explain why CBD companies like No Borders Inc. (OTC: NBDR) and Willow Biosciences Inc. (CSE: WLLW) (OTCQB: CANSF) normally advise product users to microdose and gradually increase the dosage until they get to a level that triggers the desired CBD effects.
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