CBD and Pain Relief After 60: Is It Right for Your Chronic Condition?
The use of marijuana for medical purposes has been legalized in 30 states, and CBD, cannabidiol, is now legal in 49 states. Ultimately, this brings up many questions among the elderly consumers who are seeking pain relief.
Is it possible to reap the benefits without getting the “high” that recreational marijuana users seek? Does CBD really help with pain and other symptoms of chronic disease? Is it safe? Do I need a special permit from a doctor? How much will that cost?
These are just a few of the questions many women of 60 face when deciding on whether to purchase this newly-legalized substance. Let’s look at the facts.
What Is the Difference Between THC and CBD?
THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, is the substance found in the buds and flowers of the marijuana plant. It is responsible for the intoxicating feeling that recreational users enjoy. Not everyone wants to get that experience, though.
For those who only want the medicinal effects, CBD is the answer. CBD, cannabidiol, is extracted from hemp plants. The good news is that CBD products, by law, cannot contain more than one-third of one percent THC. Thus, it is possible to reap the benefits without having to get ‘stoned’ with each use.
Also, CBD can be purchased over the counter at your local health food store without doctor’s approval or the need to purchase a medical marijuana card.
How Can CBD Help You?
According to Project CBD, a non-profit group promoting CBD’s health benefits, there is great “potential as a treatment for a wide range of conditions, including arthritis, diabetes, alcoholism, MS, chronic pain, schizophrenia, PTSD, depression, antibiotic-resistant infections, and epilepsy, and its anti-cancer properties are currently being investigated.”
So, whatever chronic conditions you have developed over the years, it’s possible the CBD can help you. And it isn’t just for human use, either. Pet products are becoming increasingly popular.
Is CBD Really a Medical Miracle?
Many studies are underway to research the benefits of CBD use. In the past, much of the research was performed through animal studies or very small human studies. Now that it has been legalized in much of the US, consumers want to know if the benefits live up to the hype.
Drug trials are underway as well as research. Recently, the FDA approved Epidiolex, the first pharmaceutical grade CBD, for the treatment of seizures in children.
Dr. Esther Blessing, a psychiatrist and researcher at NYU, conducted a study related to anxiety. Participants were given CBD or a placebo, and they did not know which they were taking. Those taking the CBD reported “significantly less anxiety” according to Blessing.
The doctor was recently awarded funding from the National Institute of Health to study the effectiveness of CBD on PTSD and alcoholism.
Another study is underway, conducted by Yasmin Hurd, a neuroscientist from Mt. Sinai School of medicine, to learn if CBD will help prevent relapse in opioid users.
In 2017, University of Louisville School of Medicine researchers announced the discovery of a substance in CBD that may help increase dopamine levels. It is the progressive loss of the neurons that produce dopamine that leads to the impairment of motor control in Parkinson’s Disease sufferers.
My Personal Advice
If you are considering adding CBD to your health regimen, here are some things to keep in mind:
- Check with your doctors to see if they approve of you using CBD.
- Consider the many options for taking CBD: pills, oils, and lotions are just a few ways. Keep in mind that when taking CBD orally less than 20% is absorbed. Lotions may be the best delivery method.
- Research your source. The medical CBD industry is largely unregulated. Cheap supplements, especially those made in third world countries like China, may contain impurities, pesticides, fungus, and other harmful substances. Purchase from a reputable company that manufactures in the US.
Why Not Give It a Try?
If you suffer from a medical condition, and your doctor has no objections, CBD may well be a substance that you wish to try.
According to the World Health Organization, “No public health problems are associated with the use of pure CBD, and it hasn’t shown that those who use it will become dependent or abuse it.”
CBD appears to be another homeopathic alternative to prescription drugs without the side effects – why not give it a try?
What do you think about the use of CBD as a medical substance? If you’ve tried CBD, please tell us about your experience. This will help others who are struggling to make a decision about this interesting, plant-derived substance.
This article is not intended to give medical advice. Please consult with your doctor to get specific medical advice for your situation.