Boomers are finding the use of CBD or Cannabidiol products helpful in obtaining relief from chronic pain and disabling conditions such as neuropathy and arthritis now that medical and recreational marijuana have been legalized in Nevada and other states. Usage of CBD products and items with both CBD and THC have become so much in demand that people over age 50 have become regular customers of the many dispensaries licensed to do business in Nevada.
CBD oil is extracted from cannabis plants. It should be noted that CBD may cause dizziness, fatigue, and irritability. Unlike marijuana products that contain THC, CBD does not have the psychoactive effects of getting the user “high”. It’s a type of cannabinoid, a chemical found naturally in marijuana and hemp plants, while THC is extracted from a different type of cannabinoid.
The reasons for increased CBD usage are many. Boomers are finding that CBD products can relieve pain and improve quality of life by helping to elevate stress, improve sleep and stimulate appetite. CBD can also work as a substitute for prescription drugs that can be addicting if used over a long period of time. Cannabis also has antiinflammatory properties, and is beneficial for patients with chronic conditions such as arthritis and nerve pain.
CBD supports relaxation, reduces stress and anxiety. And while it is known to improve appetite, the resulting benefits are improved weight and muscle gain, a result of improved nutrition.
The most promising benefit of CBD usage is its hope to help cancer patients. While a few studies in mice have shown a reduction of cancerous tumors, most human studies have researched the role of CBD oil in managing pain related to cancer and its treatment. The National Cancer Institute (NCI) has pointed to CBD as a possibility for chemotherapy relief.
CBD products come in a variety of forms. People can consume cannabis by eating it in the form of cookies, gummies, and chocolate, a tincture or product that can be placed under the tongue. It can also be inhaled by smoking or vapping, rubbed on the skin as a topical gel, ointment or cream.
Currently, Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, Oregon and Washington have legalized both medical and recreational marijuana. Twenty-four states have legalized marijuana for medical use, and six states have approved CBD usage only. Twelve states have not legalized marijuana usage in any form.