The Positive Impact Of CBD On Seniors In The US

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A few months ago, a friend of mine asked if I could help her find some CBD oil for her 82 year old mum to try as she has severe arthritis and was increasingly having to rely on a walking stick to get around. We did our research and settled on Kiki Health 10% CBD Oil which she planned to use with a CBD pain relief cream by American brand Tru-Releaf. In one of those strange quirks of fate, my friend had got talking to the founder on a flight and he’d given her a free sample to try.

Within a month, using a combination of the oil and cream, her mum was more mobile and was able to walk more freely without having to rely on her walking stick as much, which I saw for myself when I spent a week at their home in France. I’m not saying she was dancing around the room to music but as she herself said, the CBD has made a big difference.

A lot has been written about CBD and its potential impact on health conditions but as there is still a lot more research to be carried out, brands are not allowed to make any medicinal claims about either CBD or their products. However, my friend’s mum joins the growing list of anecdotal evidence that suggests CBD can have a positive impact in helping to manage certain health conditions, and the elderly are beginning to use it to do just that.

51% of US Seniors reported having an improved quality of life after taking CBD

In a recent report, Forbes reported the findings of a study of 1,000 seniors in the US aged 54+ by  by Remedy Review. The survey found that of the 9% of seniors who had tried CBD for health-related reasons, 51% of them reported having an improved quality of life afterward. And over 65% of the seniors who had tried CBD said that their quality of life was good, while only 31.1% said the same before trying CBD.

Nearly 55% of those surveyed said they prefer CBD drops

When it comes to how they prefer to take their CBD, 54.4% of the seniors surveyed said they preferred to take drops directly into the mouth, while 21.2% said they preferred to add the drops into a beverage, and another 21% said they prefer CBD edibles.

Capsules weren’t as popular as you may think with just 15.6% taking this form of CBD although as capsules can be quite big they may prove harder to swallow for the elderly. Unsurprisingly, only 10% of the survey said they vaped or smoked their CBD.

Why they’re using CBD

Despite the fact that we’re not supposed to mention the reasons the seniors surveyed are taking CBD, the fact is they are using it to help relief a number of health issues:

  • 42% of the seniors surveyed said they were taking CBD to deal with inflammation

  • 40.9% to deal with chronic pain

  • 38.6% said they were giving CBD a try in order to deal with poor sleep quality

  • 31.8% used CBD to deal with arthritis pain.

They say it’s making a difference

Just like my friend’s mum, these seniors are noticing the impact incorporating CBD into their daily wellness schedule can have with 61% of them saying it had helped to reduce pain, and 45.6% reporting improved sleep quality. From an emotional perspective, they also reported that it was helping to reduce anxiety, stress relief and improve their mood.

The Remedy Review study joins other research studies that taking CBD can and is benefitting seniors. In a recent Ciao CBD post we talked about a survey by Chicago’s CBD Marketing that showed millennials and baby boomers were the ones most likely to be talking about CBD on social media. Last year, a report on the Harvard Health Blog cited a study in the European Journal of Pain that showed, using an animal model, that CBD applied on the skin could help lower pain and inflammation caused by arthritis. When you consider that both humans and animals have an Endocannabinoid System it’s not surprising that an animals would experience similar effects to humans.

There is still so much more to discover about CBD and its seemingly endless health properties but what is clear is that those seniors who have already decided to take it seem to be reaping the benefits.