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Is CBD Safer Than Prescription Drugs for Seniors?

Prescription Drugs vs CBDSenior citizens may perhaps be the age demographic most prone to prescription drug addiction, as one study suggests nearly 30% of seniors take at least 5 different prescription drugs at one time. Unbeknownst to most seniors is the plethora of alternative forms of medicine available on the natural and homeopathic market.  CBD (Cannabidiol) has proven to have many health benefits, while also being a natural, non-addictive substitute to prescription drugs.  Below are four reasons why senior citizens should consider CBD over traditional pharmaceuticals.

CBD is Non-Addictive While Prescription Drugs are Dangerously Addictive

Derived from Cannabis or Hemp, CBD does not contain the by-products which produce a ‘high’, or the euphoric feel that THC provides.  Regardless if CBD is consumed by inhaling, ingesting or topically, none of these methods are mood altering and addictive forming. This is particularly important right now, with the abuse of prescription drugs consistently on the rise among senior citizens.  Prescription drugs can be very dangerous and potentially life threatening, such as pain killers, chemotherapy drugs, beta blockers, etc.

CBD is a Natural Product

Alternatives to pharmaceuticals are in high demand, and CBD provides a natural method of relief from certain ailments, including:

  • Cardiovascular Disease

  • Epilepsy

  • Glaucoma

  • Slowing of Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia

  • Arthritis and Joint Pain

  • Anxiety

CBD provides the benefit of being a naturally occurring substance in nature. With the proper usage, CBD can replace the excess need for certain pharmaceutical use, especially for pain relief. Since the rate of prescription drug use among senior citizens is at a much higher level than other sections of the population, CBD is a welcome replacement.

CBD has Multiple Methods of Use with Little Side Effects

CBD has been found to have very minimal side effects while also allowing for a few different methods of use. The market is constantly growing, but the current methods are inhaling, ingesting, and topical application.

Smoking - there are inherent risks with inhaling or smoking any product, amongst seniors with lung or respiratory issue this is not recommended.  However, if you enjoy smoking then consider using a vape pen to consume CBD.

Ingestion - can be consumed through a food product (gummy, chocolate, tincture), which allows it to enter the bloodstream through your digestive tract. If you have a sensitive stomach or digestive issues, then this method is not recommended.

Topically - the product can be applied directly to the area needed, for example on your hands to help with joint swelling and Arthritis.

Side effects can vary depending on which method is used for application. Like any added supplement, be sure to use CBD appropriately in order to eliminate the side effect based on your ingestion method.

CBD can be Purchased without a Doctor’s Prescription

No one is immune to being sold a product. Unfortunately this is also correct when being prescribed pharmaceuticals by a doctor or physician. The relationship between pharmaceutical providers and doctors is well known, causing many to search out other prescription free methods of relief, and thus a boom in the Natural and Homeopathic markets has exploded. The arrival of CBD and the continuing study of how it naturally relieves joint pain, arthritis, anxiety, epilepsy, amongst others, has created an opportunity for relief without visiting a doctor and all the costs associated for seniors.

Conclusion

With the rate of prescription drug use among senior citizens at a much higher level than other sections of the population, the introduction of CBD (Cannabidiol) is a welcome addition to the natural-relief market. CBD can be obtained free of prescriptions, is natural and non-addictive, and has little to no side effects. Through responsible usage and correct application, CBD is a natural remedy that many will be able to rely on as a replacement for certain prescription drugs.

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