8 Reasons Your Grandparents Should Use Cannabis
Despite the stereotype that couch-locked teens take the lead in cannabis use, today the fastest growing cohort of cannabis users are far more mature. Every day, Baby Boomers and seniors are discovering the many benefits of the natural herb, and they’re using it to combat the consequences of age. As the mid-century community approaches retirement, they seek to remain active—and cannabis is helping them do just that!
We’ve put together a list of 8 reasons why you should tell your grandparents to add a healthy dose of cannabis to their normal health and wellness routine:
1. Fight Inflammation and Oxidation
Most of the ravages of aging are caused by inflammation. Cannabis is a powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant that has been shown to regulate our bodies by tapping into our endocannabinoid system. Preventing inflammation and protecting our cells means increased mobility and longevity.
2. Regulate Weight and BMI
People who use cannabis have a healthier BMI. More mature adults often struggle with obesity and the issues associated with it. Consuming regular doses of the plant can lower risk of cardiovascular disease, increase HDL cholesterol and prevent diabetes. Remember to eat your veggies!
3. Reduce Pharmaceutical Use
It’s no secret that as we go up in age, so does our prescription drug use (typically). But pharmaceuticals often come with a myriad of unwanted side effects. As an alternative, cannabis can combat many of those issues—without posing a threat to our bodies.
4. Prevent Osteoporosis
Osteoporosis is the most common age-related bone disease. And strong bones are necessary for ease of activity. When regulated with cannabis, our endocannabinoid system plays a vital role in healthy bone growth and density. Who needs milk when you have weed?
5. Treat Insomnia
Insomnia is more common in seniors, and a regulated sleep pattern can improve our health in a myriad of ways. A good indica, CBD strain or even a low dose edible can offer lasting rest without harmful side effects.
6. Relieve Chronic Pain
Chronic pain is the number one reason for immobility, and arthritis is a plague to our aging communities. Recent studies have found that arthritic joints have an unusually high number of CB2 receptors. That means cannabis can be used to activate those receptors and fight the pain!
7. Treat Alzheimer’s Disease and Cancer
Alzheimer’s is a progressive illness, and cancer plagues our society like no other disease. Cannabis has been found to show positive results in treating brain tumors, lymphoma and various other cancers that attack the body. And cannabinoids show very promising signs of slowing the progression of Alzheimer’s disease.
8. Enjoy Life and Embrace the Aging Process
Ingesting phytocannabinoids can help restore balance to the body, thereby improving mood and alleviating depression. It makes us laugh, enhances the senses and cultivates social interaction. All reasons to be happy. And when we are happy, we get out and do more!
Note: This content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.