FIGHTING THE GOOD FIGHT
How CBD Can Help Fight the Impacts of Aging
THERE’S A LOT TO BE SAID ABOUT THE EFFECTS OF ‘GETTING OLDER’… TIREDNESS, THE ACHES AND PAINS, REDUCED ENERGY OR EVEN… *GULP*… THE FORGETFULNESS. ALL OF THESE FACTORS CAN MAKE IT DIFFICULT FOR SENIORS TO HAVE THE TIME, ENERGY OR MENTAL FOCUS TO STAY IN SHAPE. MAINTAINING FITNESS IS A FULL-TIME JOB, BUT WHEN YOU RETIRE AREN’T YOU SUPPOSED TO SIT BACK AND FINALLY RELAX? YOUR BODY HAS LIKELY UNDERGONE A LOT OF STRESS & CHANGES BY THE TIME YOU’RE READY TO RETIRE. ARE THERE WAYS TO KICK YOUR AGE TO THE CURB AND LIVE THE FIT LIFE FOR GOOD? Look no further than the well-known, natural remedy we call C-B-D.
To live is to love, and to laugh, and even to learn. Learning is one of the most rewarding experiences we can have, but the rewards of understanding often come with risks as well. We all learn from our mistakes; we suffer injuries, our scars teach us to remember the lessons that pain or trauma dole out. Accidents, injuries, these are the harshest of teachers – but their training leads us to self improvement, self reflection and ultimately to our own self worth.
Aging is nothing if not the collective process of all these lessons – both physical and emotional. As our minds begin to drift with age, and our bodies slow their pace of operations, we often find ourselves refocusing our attention to matters of the soul. But why do people ‘let go’ of their mental or physical fitness? It is obviously a tough commitment to maintain one’s physique, but what about mental sharpness? As they say: “As goes the mind, so follows the body”. If you keep yourself mentally primed, and constantly push yourself to stay active (both mentally and physically) then your body will be more apt to keep its vigor.
Maintain both your mental acuity AND your physical fitness? A tall task, you might say. For some, neurological disorders like dementia or physical ailments like arthritis can pin us down when all we want to do is to stay active. Pain, inflammation, mental fatigue, stress & anxiety, and even sleep disorders can create a difficult up-hill climb for even the most motivated person. How can we get a leg up on these tough conditions? Like millions of other Americans living with debilitating ailments, the answer is a simple three letter word: C-B-D.
CBD FOR PAIN, CBD FOR BRAIN, CBD FOR LIVING
C-B-D… An acronym for something? “Core Benefits of Dieting“? It actually stands for Cannabidiol, an active compound famously found in the infamous cannabis & hemp plants. Cannabis?! Yes, it is a word that evokes memories of “reefer madness”, “stoners”, and a slew of imagery ranging from hippies at Woodstock to the proliferation of a “high-society” in popular culture today. Despite the negative stigmas surround this misunderstood plant, it and its cousins Hemp & Hops (yes, from beer) have been a positive part of many peoples’ lives for centuries.
Cannabis and Hemp, particularly, are used throughout the globe as natural remedies for everything from chronic pain, gastrointestinal issues, insomnia and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Most of the negative associations with cannabis come from another of its prominent cannabinoids (the active plant compounds): THC. Otherwise known as Tetrahydrocannabinol, this pesky cannabinoid is largely responsible for the “high” many folks attribute to consuming cannabis. Unlike THC, CBD has no psychoactive effects, which is why it is quickly becoming the go-to medicine for many people and their many ailments.
Did you know that CBD is now Federally legal across the United States? Not only is CBD very popular for a wide range of conditions, but hemp-derived Cannabidiol has been removed from the Prohibited Substances list by the US Federal Government (Farm Bill, December 2018). Cannabis is still illegal Federally, but many State legislatures have chosen to legalize it medicinally, recreationally, or both. Many people who now use CBD regularly have realized that Hemp CBD is much safer, much more consistent, and it does not have the same risks of a “high” that cannabis products do. This is because Hemp has a THC profile that next to negligible; in fact, it is regulated by the Federal gov’t to have <0.3% THC in order to be considered an approved product. This amount of THC cannot cause psychoactive effects in adults, so there’s no risk of suffering the “doped” sensations of cannabis, just the healing powers of CBD.
Both Cannabidiol and Tetrahydrocannabinol definitely have their share of healing benefits, but the non-psychoactive nature of CBD has made it one of the fastest growing supplements in the world of health & wellness. This is the main reason Hemp is preferable for most people (and indeed, why it was legalized by the Federal government). Cannabis still has its uses for many Americans, and it has even been legalized at the Federal level by our northern neighbors in Canada. Nonetheless, whenever we articulate the benefits of CBD in this article, we are referring to the safe, legal and hemp-derived version of this potent, plant-based remedy.
We mentioned CBD’s efficacy for fighting pain, increasing mental focus, and improving the quality of sleep; these all sound like the kind of nagging issues that seniors deal with on a daily basis. You don’t have to be a certain age to benefit from CBD, but one of the largest markets for hemp Cannabidiol is the elderly. How can seniors, both hale and infirm, include this wondrous plant compound into their routines? What kinds of products are there? Where can you buy it? These questions, among many others, will be explored in this article.
CBD Can Quell Your Chronic Pain
Millions of people rely on pharmaceutical drugs, chiropractics, or physio therapy in their seemingly never-ending battles with pain or inflammation. Chronic pain is a severely debilitating part of life, and unfortunately it’s extremely commonplace for many seniors. Even if you didn’t lead a life of adventure, riskiness or athletic prowess, the simplest habits like sitting in an office chair for 35 years can lead to crippling pain. If you are the type of person who lives life to the fullest – and there’s no problem with that – you might also have your share of lingering injuries by the time your hairs turn grey.
Nobody should have to limit the fulfillment in their life in order to minimize the chance of pain in their later years. Whether you’re an introvert or an extroverted individual, you can live the way you want if you just stick to a simple principle: A couple drops, caps or rubs of CBD today, and pain will never ruin your day.
CBD has been used for pain & inflammation for decades. Its proficiency for blocking pain and reducing swelling are world-renowned, especially considering Cannabidiol products have virtually no side effects, and there’s little-to-no risks associated with long-term use. That sounds like a stark contrast to relying on pain pills for years, doesn’t it? NSAIDs (Non Steroidal Anti Inflammatory Drugs) like Ibuprofen (Advil) and popular pain medications like Acetaminophen (Tylenol) are so prevalent in today’s society, and some studies of their long-term use are starting to show alarming negative trends. Combined with the plethora of blood thinners, anti-depressants, heart medications, and sleep aids that people take and you’ve got yourself a crisis some refer to as “over medication syndrome”.
Some skeptics of CBD ask: “If CBD is so effective… then why don’t our doctors prescribe it to us?!”.
Because hemp legalization is in its infancy (December 2018), the medical & scientific communities have not had a chance to catch up to the large CBD-following across North America. Research of prohibited plants like cannabis or hemp made it very difficult for most study groups to explore the possibilities – nor was it very profitable for them to do so while CBD was not Federally recognized. Now that we are riding the wave of progress, research into its medical properties, nutritional benefits and industrial capabilities is increasing hundredfold. Doctors, medical professionals, dietitians, and therapists are coming around to the idea of prescribing CBD for their patients, but they’re also in a-rock-and-a-hard-place scenario as they await the fundamental research data required to move forward with hemp CBD remedies.
Until the medical community has the time to conduct, analyze and put into practice the necessary research data surrounding Cannabidiol, it is imperative that people conduct their own research. CBD can be a very effective treatment for chronic pain or inflammation, but it can also be taken as a daily health supplement to help prevent soreness, swelling or spasms from becoming an everyday reality.
One of the best qualities of CBD? It has virtually no side effects. For many medications or health supplements, dosing is a strict procedure that can have lingering side effects if not managed properly. With CBD, the only risk you run of ‘taking too much’ is wasting product – there’s no psychoactive effects, no risks of long-term use of this plant-based remedy, and most proponents of CBD remark that they don’t feel any mind-altering effects when taking CBD. If anything, the only known side effect of CBD use is an increased mental focus (who doesn’t need a bit more of that every morning?!).
CBD helps to block pain receptors from reaching the brain, while also reducing the instances of inflammation in muscles, thereby increasing muscle elasticity and even supporting new muscle development. By cutting off the pain, and not allowing inflammation to set in, CBD empowers your body’s natural ability to heal, rest and recover so that you’re getting back to doing what you love: tennis, cycling, running, or just being active with friends & family.
But that’s not all Cannabidiol can do for you. Many professional athletes, entrepreneurs, and public service workers take CBD every morning, noon or night as a focus enhancer, mood balancer, sleep inhibitor or energy booster. CBD works great anytime of day, but it can be especially efficacious in the morning before a busy day, or in the evening when you want to rest & recover after a long afternoon of activity.
Hemp Cannabidiol oil is a very diverse product: it can be taken under the tongue to be absorbed sublingually; it can be applied topically and rubbed onto sore or enflamed areas; and it can be added to food and drink to digested. Hemp CBD oil is a fantastic product for athletes because it is so versatile – it can be taken for an energy boost, to enhance mental focus, to improve sleep the night before a big performance, to soothe aching muscles or to reduce swelling/inflammation. CBD oil is also popular because it usually contains beneficial omegas-3-6-9. Hemp seed oil is a common carrier for CBD, and it naturally has a lot of synergistic effects with cannabidiol being from the same plant.
Topicals containing hemp-derived CBD have a broad spectrum of delivery methods: creams, gels, sprays, oils and roll-on applicators. Many athletes turn to the soothing relief of a CBD topical when pain or swelling strikes, or if they are injured and they want to avoid inflammation. Roll-on applicators are a great method of easing sore muscles, as the roller distributes CBD relief to the affected area it also massages the muscles. How quickly Cannabidiol is absorbed into the skin and how long relief lasts for are very individual, but generally speaking topicals are fast acting.
Hemp CBD capsules have gained traction in the last handful of years due to their convenience and consistency. Capsules have to be digested, so the effects of the encapsulated CBD usually take a bit longer to take hold. Nonetheless, the duration and potency of CBD ingested in this way are usually the longest/strongest. Many athletes take CBD as an energy-boosting pre-workout, or to calm their nerves/muscles as a post-workout.
EXPERIENCE A LIFE PAIN FREE, TRY CBD
Pain & inflammation are unfortunate sidekicks to any active lifestyle, but they don’t have to be at your side everyday. With hemp-derived CBD, you can soothe your pain, stop the inflammation and not be held back by age. The feeling of being pain-free is often times the only thing holding people back from living an active life in our later years, so what’s holding you back from trying this life-changing natural remedy?
Take a few drops of CBD oil under the tongue, include it in your breakfast or morning smoothie, even put a couple drops in your coffee and feel less “java jitters”! CBD comes in a variety of products suited to fit your needs: topical creams or roll-on gels for those extra sore areas; CBD capsules for daily supplementation; or the ultra-versatile CBD oil tincture.
The only limitations on CBD? If you don’t take it, there’s no chance for it to help you live a life free of pain & inflammation.