CBD (cannabidiol), our favourite non-intoxicating compound derived from the cannabis plant, has fast proven itself to be a 100% safe and highly effective and natural solution to a myriad of health conditions and concerns.
CBD works within an existing system in the body known as the endocannabinoid system (ECS), whose primary task is to restore homeostasis (balance) throughout its various functions and processes.
Some of the most popular issues that people are using CBD to treat relate to its powerful anti-inflammatory, analgesic and anti-anxiety benefits. As such, it is able to help provide relief from common concerns like chronic pain, trouble sleeping and inflammatory conditions.
These are issues which can often be most severe on the elderly, and which have a severe impact on their day-to-day mobility and quality of life. Here we unpack a few of the main concerns that can be helpful for senior citizens.
Inflammation & Arthritis
Much of CBD's ability to assist with pain relief is due to its potent anti-inflammatory properties.
And since the pain symptoms of a multitude of conditions are the result of severe inflammation - such as arthritis, a byproduct of swelling around the joints - CBD can be an excellent way to provide relief from feelings of severe discomfort.
Traditional pharmaceuticals like NSAIDs (Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs) work in the same way as CBD does to reduce inflammation in the body. But unlike these drugs, steroids and opioids, CBD does not have any negative side effects - and it therefore presents an excellent natural alternative to these pharmaceuticals.
As well as reducing inflammation to ease discomfort, CBD is also thought to decrease pain by actually reducing the body's sensitivity to the pain itself. It is thought by researchers that CBD is able to affect the way that various stimuli impact pain receptors, so that people experience pain differently when having taken the cannabis compound.
This makes it an effective option in the treatment of post-surgical recovery, as well as more generalised chronic pain situated in the hips, knees, spine and other bones and joints.
For more info, see our blog on CBD for chronic pain.
There is not much known or understood yet around how exactly CBD works to improve sleep, but it is generally thought to be that it helps by treating the root causes of insomnia and sleep disruption.
Stress very often goes hand in hand with sleep deprivation, and so the powerful anti-anxiety properties of CBD are thought to be behind its apparent potential to promote a greater sense of calm. Helping to relax tension in the body and mind, a daily dose of CBD will in turn provide a better night’s rest.
CBD’s ability to relieve chronic pain also contributes to its efficacy in helping individuals to get some solid shut-eye, as understandably severe discomfort can be the cause of a disrupted sleep cycle.
For more info, see our blog on CBD for sleep.
So, why Goodleaf CBD?
All Goodleaf CBD products are premium, made with the highest quality ingredients and plants that are grown in healthy soil containing no pesticides or heavy metals.
Due to the removal of THC (the intoxicating compound often associated with the “high” of cannabis), CBD is 100% legal to consume and will not impair mental clarity or judgement in any way.
And just to put your mind at ease, our CBD is always third-party lab tested to ensure the utmost safety and quality, with certificates of analysis available on request.