Cannabidiol (CBD) oil is growing in popularity, with many people turning to it as an alternative to over-the-counter or prescription medication. There is plenty of anecdotal evidence that CBD is good for pain relief, and some scientific studies have also supported the idea that it is good for managing pain related to certain health conditions.
As we age, we’re more likely to affected by health complaints such as joint pain and arthritis. Treatment of these conditions by the medical profession often comes in the form of strong painkilling drugs, which can have negative side effects and can become addictive. Because CBD oil is a natural remedy derived from the hemp plant, it may be a good alternative when it comes to pain management for the elderly.
Is CBD safe?
CBD oil does not contain the psychoactive element found in THC, so users do not experience the ‘high’ which comes with smoking marijuana. The human body generates its own cannabinoids, and the body’s cannabinoid receptors are linked to inflammation and feelings of pain. After careful study, researchers believe that CBD works by making our natural cannabinoid production more efficient, which in turn reduces the sensation of pain.
Animal studies have backed this up, with many finding it reduced the inflammation and joint discomfort which accompanies arthritis. Studies in humans found that those taking part reported reduced pain and improved sleep when taking CBD for the treatment of RA, OA and fibromyalgia.
CBD use for older sufferers
Arthritis, general joint pain and a range of other health conditions common in the elderly could, therefore, be managed with CBD. As CBD does not contain the psychoactive or addictive elements found in THC, there’s also a reduced risk of addiction. Other prescription or pharmacy painkillers can be very powerful and addictive, particularly prescribed opioids. CBD may be a more natural and less harmful way of managing the pain which often accompanies long-term illnesses or conditions in the elderly, particularly if their immune systems are already weakened.
If you do think that CBD could work for you or your elderly relative, it’s important to seek proper advice from a medical practitioner before starting to take it and before stopping any other pain medications. If you do take CBD with medical advice, it’s best to start on a lower dose and gradually build up, to find where your optimum dosage lies for pain relief.