Interest in CBD has been on the rise for the past several years, and there has been an increase in use among patients 65 and older, but many doctors are asking for caution when using this product.
CBD, or cannabidiol, is a naturally occurring element that can be found in hemp plants. When the 2018 Farm Bill was passed, legalizing hemp, CBD products hit the market with a vengeance. It can be found in edibles, creams, vape liquids, capsules, and more.
The issue is that the FDA does not regulate the CBD market, and very few studies have been conducted that can attest to CBD’s ability to treat different ailments. However, many people who use CBD on a regular basis claim that it helps them with chronic pain, anxiety, depression, insomnia, stomach issues and inflammation, among others.
One of the biggest problems that has been found with CBD products is that many of them have been mislabeled. In some cases, THC, the psychoactive element found in marijuana, has been found in concentrations that exceed the accepted 0.3% legal in US states. This could get the user into legal trouble they weren’t expecting.
There’s also the chance that the CBD could interact with other medications that a senior patient is taking. More studies need to be conducted to determine if this is a serious issue, but until then, it’s advised that a person tell their doctor if they are using products that contain CBD.
Many people turn to CBD to treat different ailments because it is all-natural and doesn’t have as many side effects as some prescription medications. To get safer CBD products, it’s recommended that a person looks for a manufacturer that has a third-party test their products and has a “Certificate of Analysis.” This will give them a better idea of what they’re buying and the amount and quality of CBD they are putting into their body.