Why Older Adults Love CBD

CBD products may be a hot trend right now, but that doesn’t mean it’s just for young Millennials and Gen-Zers. The numbers show that older Americans are quickly catching on, increasingly making CBD an important part of their daily lives. According to a recent Gallup poll, 18% of Americans over the age of 50 use CBD products, slightly more than Americans age 30-49.

That said, the majority of American seniors are still unaware of what CBD is, let alone what it could do for them. That’s why education is key. Whether you’re an older adult looking for information on CBD or you want to talk to your parents or grandparents about it, there are two key things to know about CBD:

  • CBD, unlike THC, is non-intoxicating (i.e. won’t get you “high”)
  • CBD is derived from the hemp plant, which is federally legal as a result of the 2018 Farm Bill.

Among the seniors polled in a recent Remedy Review survey, 51% of those who stated they took CBD for health-related reasons reported experiencing an improved quality of life after trying CBD. That phrase, “quality of life,” is one we think about a lot at Manitoba Harvest. How can a daily wellness regimen that includes CBD improve your or your loved ones’ quality of life?

CBD can help you stay active

Stories about the ways CBD can play an important part in seniors' lives are popping up in lots of popular places - even The Today Show talked about it! - so you may already know how CBD can help you stay active. Whether you’re keen on regular laps in the pool, playing with the grandkids, or just getting out for a walk every day, CBD can help you stay active in a variety of ways. CBD can help restore the body after a long day on your feet and offer relief from discomfort that may be holding you back. CBD is great for relieving occasional, temporary aches.

CBD can help promote the restfulness you need at night

As you age, your sleep patterns and habits change. Many older adults report trouble maintaining a good night’s rest, which can spell trouble for your overall health and wellness. During deep sleep our brain recovers and regenerates. Introducing phytocannabinoids like CBD to your body’s master regulatory system (the Endocannabinoid System), which helps modulate energy and maintain homeostasis in the body in the face of everyday stress and unease, may help promote restfulness and relaxation, key ingredients for a nice snooze..

CBD can help you unwind improve your mood

Your endocannabinoid system is a pretty big deal – it controls a lot of our body’s systems, and all those little cannabinoid receptors in our ECS help regulate how our bodies react to the trials and tribulations of everyday life – meaning they help chill us out and calm us down, especially during tense or hectic moments throughout our day.

Maybe you haven’t been sure if CBD is right for you. Maybe you’ve thought about recommending it to a parent, grandparent, or older friend. The best advice we can offer is to talk to your doctor about introducing CBD into your everyday wellness routine. As with starting any new wellness regimen, it’s important to take it slow, and to monitor how you feel, both mentally and physically. Then if you want to adjust your serving, you can! You can be the champion of your own wellbeing!

The information provided is for informational purposes only. None of the information provided here should be considered medical advice or treatment recommendations. Consult with your health care provider if you have questions about incorporating CBD into your wellness regimen.