Newsweek: 2020 Guide for Seniors Using CBD

by Dr. Igor Bussel, M.D., M.S. M.H.A. | Published by CBD Seniors | Feb. 2020 | re-released by Newsweek Amplify in June 2020

NOTE: With more and more folks trying CBD as a natural remedy to common ailments, it’s more important than ever to have access to medical review and recommendations as they become available. Newsweek published the CBD Seniors article below for that very purpose. It’s important to repeat, that many studies are underway and everyone is encouraged to discuss CBD use with their physician to ensure there are no negative impacts based on personal medical history or current prescription drug use.

Right now, 14 percent of American adults use cannabidiol (CBD). Only 8 percent of adults over the age of 65 are currently using CBD. According to the same poll, 49 percent of adults over the age of 65 are unfamiliar with CBD oil and other CBD products.

This is a potential issue because seniors are the population group that can benefit the most from using a CBD salve or capsule. An estimated 65 percent of seniors suffer from pain. Up to 30 percent of seniors suffer from chronic pain. Since CBD can alleviate the symptoms of pain, it is important for seniors to learn more about CBD as an alternative to addictive painkillers.

Why Do People Use CBD?

People use CBD tinctures, topical products, edibles, and capsules for a range of different reasons. Right now, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is still working to determine the effectiveness of different CBD products. There is one FDA-approved drug available that is designed for treating two rare forms of epilepsy. Other than this, the FDA is still researching how effective CBD is at treating other ailments.

CBD users take CBD for a range of benefits. According to Gallup, 40 percent of people take CBD for pain. While 20 percent of people use CBD for anxiety, another 11 percent take CBD for insomnia. An estimated 8 percent of users take CBD for arthritis because of its ability to reduce pain and inflammation. Pain, anxiety, insomnia, and arthritis are the top four reasons why people say they take CBD.

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