CBD oils and other related products are a health trend across the country and not just in Colorado, which has some of the more lax laws on cannabis products. But what is CBD and is this something that seniors should consider for managing their own health and wellness? Find out more about CBD below and what potential benefits it can offer.
Before you read further, though, a quick reminder to consider before using any types of natural wellness products or supplements: It's a good idea to consult your medical provider first. Even products that are generally considered safe aren't always fully vetted by the FDA, and they can also interact with medications or health conditions. Approach supplements and natural health products as you would pharmaceutical products. Talk to your doctor before you implement them into your lifestyle.
CBD stands for cannabidiol. It's an active ingredient of the cannabis plant. This is the same plant that the drug marijuana comes from, but CBD isn't the same thing as marijuana.
Marijuana in its various forms includes high amounts of another active ingredient in the cannabis plant: THC. THC is what causes the feeling of being high. Typically, CBD products such as CBD oil have little to no THC. To be sold as CBD oil in many locations, for example, the products usually have to have less than 3% THC. If you're using the product in a safe way, it's fairly impossible to get high from it.
CBD comes in a variety of forms. One of the most popular is as an oil. CBD extract is a lot like other essential oils, such as lavender or peppermint. It's highly concentrated and potent. The extract is usually mixed with a carrier oil, such as olive oil, so people can ingest it. Depending on the type of oil you purchase, you might ingest it by swallowing a small amount or by putting a drop under your tongue.
Other forms of CBD you can ingest include gummies, capsules, beverages and flavored honey or candy sticks. You can also get CBD oil in aromatherapy products for diffusers or the bath.
While the medical applications of CBD are still being researched, many people believe that the substance has a positive benefit on a number of ailments. A few studies have indicated this might be the case. According to Healthline, some potential benefits of CBD include:
• Some relief of anxiety, whether you're dealing with situational stress or a long-term anxiety disorder
• Potential relief of pain associated with inflammation disorders such as arthritis
• Some potential relief of pain associated with other conditions, including cancer, fibromyalgia or neuropathy
• In some people, CBD oil or other products seem to help reduce blood pressure, particularly increases in blood pressure that are related to stress
• It's possible that CBD and other cannabis products might help reduce some of the negative side effects associated with cancer treatments, such as nausea or changes to appetite
CBD products are available online and in stores in Colorado. While there are rules and regulations about CBD products in the state, they're fairly easy to buy. You don't need a prescription to purchase these products.
If you've discussed the products with your healthcare provider and they feel it would be safe for you to try CBD, consider speaking with someone in a reputable CBD store. Let them know what your needs and goals are with regard to CBD use, and they may be able to offer some options for you to consider.
CBD oils and other products are not super inexpensive. Bottles of oil can range from $30 to $100 on average, and gummies and tablets can cost as much as $2 to $5 per dose. Once you understand what products might be right for you, consider browsing online to see if you can get a deal on these products. Just make sure you're always dealing with reputable organizations that have received approval for their products in Colorado.
CBD oil is often considered safe, but like any other supplement, it's not without risks and side effects. According to Harvard Health, potential side effects can include nausea, irritability and fatigue. If you do decide to try the products, take it slow until you know you're not one of the people who experience the side effects.
Talk to your doctor before you try a new supplement, including CBD oil. And consider reaching out to the staff at Collinwood assisted living in Fort Collins if you're a resident. They can assist you in medication and health management, including monitoring vital signs and behavior for any signs that CBD products are impacting you in a negative fashion.