5 Surprising Health Benefits of Cannabinoids For Seniors

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More companies are now creating medical marijuana products tailored for seniors. Delta-8 THC is one of the prevalent cannabinoids found in cannabis and is similar to CBD. Although it has the same psychoactive properties as marijuana, it has many potential health benefits and is milder than other compounds found in marijuana. 

Here are five surprising health benefits of Delta Munchies that every senior should know about. 

1. Help Relieve and Treat Pain

Research shows that about 75% or more seniors deal with chronic pain and inflammation.  Arthritis is a major contributor to this pain. Psychological stress can also contribute to pain, which is why many doctors prescribe antidepressants to manage pain. 

CBD and other cannabis compounds have anti-inflammatory properties that help reduce joint pain that is common for people with arthritis. Its neuroprotective, antiemetic, and antioxidative properties can also help relieve and manage chronic pain. Not only that, but it can also help manage the stress that could be causing the pain. 

2. Treat Underlying the Cause of Sleeplessness and Insomnia

Aging can affect sleep patterns, leading to sleep issues and insomnia. Some conditions and medications can also make sleeping a challenge for most seniors. Although prescribed medications tend to work for some time, their use has long-term effects and you may end up being reliant on the medication. 

Delta-8 THC and CBD promote deep relaxation and calmness that can help you fall asleep fast. Additionally, it also addresses other factors that may be affecting your sleep quality, like anxiety or pain. 

3. Help Offset Depression and Anxiety

The elderly experience major life changes due to unexpected medical conditions, abrupt life changes like retirement and having to deal with grief and loss. Depression, social isolation, and loneliness can contribute to a decline in mental health.

Delta-8 THC and CBD have components that interact with brain receptors known for mood regulation, which can help improve cognitive function and reduce depression and anxiety. It has anxiolytic and antidepressant-like abilities which also help with anxiety management.

4. Help Reduce the Risk of Alzheimer’s and Other Forms of Dementia

Seniors living with a degenerative brain disease like Alzheimer’s also often suffer from loss of appetite and depression. Research shows that 10% of the elderly suffer from Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia in the U.S. 

Neurodegenerative disorders like Alzheimer’s cause the nerves and the brain to deteriorate with time, something that leads to declined motor and cognitive functions. 

Researchers in the UK began their first trial of medical marijuana on dementia patients in early 2019. Another study suggested that it could help treat and prevent Alzheimer’s disease as its components suppress symptoms like memory loss and behavior disorders. 

5. Help Boost and Improve Immunity

Your immune system plays a critical role in eliminating harmful bacteria and viruses that can make you sick. Unfortunately, as you age, there’s a decline in the immunity system, and your body may not be able to fight off infections and inflammation easily. 

Delta-8 THC and CBD compounds act as immunostimulants or immunosuppressants to normalize an overperforming or underperforming immune system. It can also help reduce excessive inflammation that leads to conditions like arthritis.

Additionally, it can help relieve symptoms of autoimmune diseases like Parkinson’s disease, psoriasis, and Crohn’s disease. 

Final Thoughts

Delta-8 THC and CBD products can have a significant impact on the health and well-being of seniors. It can help promote bone health, aid in pain management, improve sleeping patterns, and boost your immunity.  Recent studies also show that CBD may even block COVID-19 infections in human cells. Always ensure that you consult your doctor before using CBD or any other cannabis product. 

*(Disclaimer: This article is not medical advice. It is based on anecdotal user experience alone. If you are thinking about incorporating cannabis (delta-8 THC, delta-9 THC, or CBD) into your medicinal routine, please consult a healthcare professional. Do not stop taking any prescribed medications without first consulting your doctor.)*

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