What do CBD, seniors and pain have in common? Pain is generally caused by inflammation of some kind. Seniors often have aches and pains that are the result of inflammation. OK, that might seem like a stretch, but stick with me.
Do you wonder if getting older means looking forward to hurting? I can’t answer that question. I can tell you, however, that if you suffer from joint and muscle aches, arthritis, neuropathy or nerve pain, CBD topicals may be something to explore to ease your pain. When I say explore, I mean you can do so without concern about becoming addicted or experiencing negative side effects. Plus, when you apply CBD to the skin, it goes straight to the source of pain. It doesn’t need to travel through the digestive system and liver to get to the bloodstream. As a result, CBD topicals can act faster than other forms of CBD because they bypass the bloodstream and attach to CB-1 and CB-2 receptors in the skin. That means, rather than taking an hour or more to experience relief, you’ll feel it work in minutes.
CBD topicals for pain
When you’re in pain, your quality of life takes a direct hit. A recent article in Forbes commented on CBD’s popularity among seniors to restore quality of life. “A recent study of 1,000 seniors ages 54 and up by Remedy Review found that 9% of seniors have tried CBD for health-related reasons, and 51% of those who have tried it reported having an improved quality of life afterward. Over 65% of the seniors surveyed that tried CBD said that their quality of life was good, while only 31.1% said the same before trying CBD.”
If you’re new to this blog or to CBD in general, you may not know that all human beings are born with an endocannabinoid system (ECS). Why is that important? Here’s why. The main job of the ECS is to maintain homeostasis, or balance throughout our bodies. When trouble arises, it kicks into gear and sends a squadron of CB receptors to restore balance. Sometimes the receptors could use a little support. That’s when CBD topicals come to the rescue. Deep in the tissue, it binds with receptors and works to alleviate pain or other skin conditions.
In clinical studies CBD has shown to help with pain-specific medical conditions including chronic pain, peripheral neuropathy, pain and inflammation, arthritis pain, and myofascial pain. It can also help improve pain in patients receiving palliative care.
Are CBD topicals safe for seniors?
Senior citizens are beginning to take notice of CBD because it’s nonpsychoactive, it has few, if any, side effects and it has so many beneficial properties. If you’re a senior with conditions that get in the way of living life to the fullest, maybe CBD topicals could help change that.
But first, know what you’re getting. Do some research because not all CBD products are what they claim to be. Look behind the label to get the inside story of how and where the product was made. The most important consideration should be given to the way the hemp is grown. It should be grown as organically as possible without using harmful herbicides, pesticides or growth enhancers. Second on the list is the manner in which the CBD is extracted. Look for a full-spectrum hemp oil obtained by CO2 extraction. This is the most expensive extraction method, but by far the safest. Full-spectrum CBD is preferred for topicals because it contains all the cannabinoids and associated vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, flavonoids and terpenes in the hemp plant. These all work in conjunction to make the end result more potent than if you use an isolate.
Other reasons to use CBD topicals
But pain isn’t the only reason people seek out CBD topicals. As we age, the potential to get cancer increases. Often the treatment for cancer can seem like adding insult to injury. However, in the case of radiation treatment, CBD topicals can keep the skin from burning. At Lost Remedy, we created the Burn Formula so you can buy radiation relief CBD cream specifically to prevent radiation treatment side effects.
Aging and cosmetic reasons also have seniors looking for natural, chemical-free lotions and creams for their skin. As we age skin becomes thinner and dryer. CBD lotions and complexion products can help hydrate skin without adding a layer of toxins onto the skin, and subsequently, into the environment. Hydrated skin has a more youthful appearance. But aging skin also injures more easily. CBD balms for cuts, lacerations, burns, puncture wounds, surgery, malignant wounds and more can help heal injuries quickly.
CBD for seniors’ pain can help improve your quality of life without side effects. So, be good to yourself and explore CBD as a supplement to avoid the less desirable aspects of aging.