Although they could benefit from CBD deeply, it can be hard to make older adults understand cannabis is not the devil's weed.
Often stubborn and profoundly stuck in their routine they are not always open to new ideas. However, there is a way to clarify this matter with them. Furthermore, there is a way to present CBD and make them test it for optimum results.
Karen Watts Nauman and Jeff Nauman are the founders of a website called Comfortably Numb. The forum is specially made to inform seniors about CBD. The information displayed on their platform goes from the explanation of the endocannabinoid system to the right way to try CBD and much more.
What is particularly interesting is their unique approach to raise awareness in older adults. Being baby boomers themselves, Karen and Jeff, know how to interact with their peers and make them realize the powerful potential of CBD.
They wanted to offer a second option to pharmaceuticals to the elderly who often use medications for pain, inflammation, sleep disorders, bone health, lack of appetite, and more.
Gathering some information from Comfortably Numb is a great way to introduce the older adult in your life to CBD. According to Mme Watts Nauman, another website that resonates well with seniors is Project CBD.
She mentioned "Our generation likes studies backed by science. CBD needs to be looked at like a vitamin that should be taken every day for maximum benefit."
Because most seniors have more prescribed medicines they must discuss with their doctor about CBD before starting to use it. On Comfortably Numb we can also find a list of recommendations for first-time users. Here are some suggestions from the Nauman's:
-The first CBD products to offer seniors are topicals. It is the best way to ensure they won't have any bad side effects with their current medication and one of the fastest ways to get results.
It is advised that seniors start with a concentration of at least 125-250mg per ounce of lotion/oil. To have the best results possible they also need to apply it three to four times a day, particularly when they first start using it. Mme Watts Nauman adds "If they have arthritis, or are using it for pain, maybe look for products that contain other carrier oils that work well with this particular issue."
-The second-best things for older adults are oils/tinctures or nasal inhaled delivery systems. The dosing for those methods of consumption is a minimum of 8-12mg for full-spectrum CBD or 20-30mg for CBD isolate.
The best time to take it is in the early evening after a meal. Test the first dosage for at least three days and observe the effects, then readjust if needed. After they get the desired effects, they can introduce micro-dosing throughout the day and experience with other delivery methods.
-Edibles are to be avoided especially the sweet ones like CBD chocolates. The alternative to suggest is soft-gels and CBD teas, only if they have a high mg count and are made of full-spectrum CBD. Mme Nauman explains why sweet edibles are not the best match for seniors: "Seniors like sweets and will want to go this method and it is cheaper to try. But as many edibles use isolate, more than likely, they won't feel anything immediately. Then they will be angry at the money they spent and tell others it doesn't work."
To conclude seniors are a market too often forgotten. None the less they are the ones who could get the most benefit out of CBD. It is our job as a younger generation to take care of them and make sure they at least know about the other options that exist for them.
**These statements have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration and are in no way intended to treat or diagnose any physical ailment or disease. Please consult your Doctor before adding CBD or any supplement to your diet. Most workplace and competitive sports drug screens focus on delta-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and do not screen for Cannabinol (CBD) or other legal and natural hemp-based compounds. Be advised, studies have shown that consuming hemp foods or oils can cause a positive result when screening urine and blood specimens. Therefore, if you are subject to any form of drug testing or screening. We recommended (as does the United States Armed Services) that you DO-NOT ingest CBD or hemp oil before consulting your healthcare practitioner or your drug screening testing company or employer.