CBD 101

CBD 101 for Older Adults

Word on the street is that CBD rocks—but if you are an older and more mature adult, don’t be deterred by your questions or concerns. Plenty of older adults are over the moon about the benefits of CBD which range from stress management to muscular tension and everywhere in between. 

If you don’t know much about CBD, we want to start by talking about the way that CBD interacts within our bodies. If this topic is of interest to you please visit our blog, What is the Endocannabinoid System?  Our endocannabinoid system or ECS plays an instrumental role in regulating sleep, mood, appetite, memory and more. The endocannabinoid system is complete with receptors throughout the body in the central nervous system as well as the peripheral nervous system—there, endocannabinoids can bind to the receptor and begin to play out potentially life-changing effects.

So what does CBD “do” exactly?

If you’re an older adult, you’ve been around the block—and maybe you associate cannabis with the psychedelic ‘60s, or with something you found in your teenage child’s room you wish you could forget. But here’s the thing: more and more research comes out every year that is finding that cannabis can do a lot more than create a psychedelic experience. In fact, with CBD you can avoid that experience altogether. 

No hate toward The Beatles (or Neil Young or Black Sabbath or any other band that sang about getting stoned) but the CBD plant contains hundreds of different compounds, and CBD is arguably the most beneficial for overall wellness. And using it doesn’t involve getting high! 

Many CBD products like those crafted at Social CBD contain 0.0% THC which is the cannabinoid found in the plant that is responsible for the “high” one experiences after consumption. Today, CBD is used by many people that experience numerous positive effects of ingesting CBD or applying it topically. From sleep regulation and stress management to mood enhancement, CBD is praised by many far and wide for its many sought-after properties. It is also used by many people who want to feel better physically—it can help curb some of the tension, aches, and general discomfort that comes along with the many great things about aging. 

There are many different ways to enjoy taking CBD—topicals like lotions and creams, gummies for a quick routine enhancer, or oil tinctures for a luxury wind-down. The thing about CBD is that it’s highly flexible—so depending on how you want to use it in your life—the time, place, and medium in which you want to take it can be accommodated.

Shopping for CBD during the pandemic

If you’re like us, you aren’t getting out much during the coronavirus pandemic. But that poses no barrier for dabbling in CBD. The ability to purchase CBD online is growing in popularity and there are many safe, credible sites to purchase from (including ours). 

If you’re looking into products that are ideal for CBD for beginners, you may want to start with products where the CBD serving is pre-determined, such as an introductory Gel Caps Pack, which only includes two gel capsules, or with gummies. It’s easy to get the hang of how many servings of  CBD oil you’ll want, but if you’re new to the CBD lifestyle, gel capsules or gummies can be a painless and straightforward start.

It makes sense that you may be hesitant to experiment with CBD if you don’t know much about it, but plenty of older adults are finding it to be a natural companion to their wellness routines. Whether you want to unwind at the end of the day or stay focused during a long day of work, there is a type of CBD that’s compatible with almost anyone. Just make sure you read the serving information on the package or the website you purchase it from and purchase the CBD from a trustworthy source.