As every baby boomer knows, your body changes over the decades. That why there’s Centrum Silver, right? As we age, the processes within our bodies evolve, and we need more of certain nutrients.
It’s also why, if you’re over 50, you may want to add cannabidiol, or CBD oil, as a dietary supplement for conditions we all have to deal with eventually. These include:
- Chronic pain
- And many others
Why do we need CBD?
Scientists discovered in the 1990s that we have an endocannabinoid system (ECS) that regulates mood, appetite, sleep and many other bodily functions. The ECS is comprised of cannabiniod receptors in our bodies and brains. These include CB1 receptors, which deal with movement, pain, emotions and mood, thinking and appetite; and CB2 receptors, which affect inflammation and pain.
As noted in Medical News Today, while our bodies produce cannabinoids, supplementation with CBD is becoming more popular, as we learn more about how CBD works in the body:
It used to be thought that CBD acts on these CB2 receptors, but it appears now that CBD does not act on either receptor directly. Instead, it seems to influence the body to use more of its own cannabinoids.
CBD is a component of the hemp plant, and thus a chemical cousin to THC, the compound that, as a baby boomer, you may have experimented with in college. While scientists are still learning exactly how CBD affects us at a molecular level, we already know that:
- CBD does not get you high. It may have a relaxing, anti-anxiety effect, but it is not considered psychotropic, like THC.
- While our bodies produce cannabinoids, we can become deficient, and thereby require supplementation, just as with certain vitamins and minerals.
As cited in Medical News Today and many other publications, the health benefits of CBD oil are numerous: It's being used for natural pain relief, as an anti-inflammatory, for use in treating epilepsy, cancer, anxiety, Type 1 diabetes, Alzheimer's disease and acne. In other words, CBD oil is proving itself as an important nutrient and a versatile building block of good health.
Fortunately it's not difficult to add CBD oil to your diet. Today you can buy CBD oil in several forms, including capsules, tinctures, as a paste, and in vape pens. In fact, many baby boomers are finding that a bottle of CBD oil capsules or a tincture can take the place of multiple bottles of over-the-counter and prescription pharmaceutical products.