Hemp, and the many products in which its contained, has exploded in popularity among seniors. In a recent survey done by Remedy Review, 89% of seniors would recommend hemp oil products to their friends. With new studies coming out showing hemp as a way to treat anxiety, depression, chronic pain, inflammation, and many more issues; it’s certainly no wonder!
With increasing evidence to back the effectiveness of hemp oil products, it’s time to start integrating it into health treatments for people of all ages.
Why is it Good for Seniors?
In the survey done by Remedy Review, seniors listed these top five reasons for turning to Hemp oil:
- 42% said inflammation
- 40.9% said chronic pain
- 38.6% said poor sleep quality
- 31.8% said arthritis
- 28.4% said anxiety
There are numerous studies that point to hemp oil as an effective treatment for many of these issues.
Inflammation from injuries and arthritis is a common concern among seniors. This pain may inhibit them from partaking in certain activities or being social. It can also interrupt sleep.
One particular study evaluated the effect of hemp oil extract on inflammatory pain in rats. The rats were given the substance orally for a week after an injury. Hemp oil extract proved to have anti-inflammatory effects and modified the response of the immune system to prevent inflammation.
This study proved that hemp oil extract is useful as an anti-inflammatory and also a prevention treatment for chronic pain.
Chronic pain can result from many different health issues. It could related to arthritis, any number of other health conditions, or to new and old injuries. Chronic pain limits mobility and can have a serious negative effect on mental health.
A study of the effects of hemp oil extract on chronic pain resulting from multiple sclerosis is a great indicator that it can help with chronic pain resulting from other health problems.
This study ran for 5 weeks with a placebo group. It involved sixty-six people diagnosed with MS who experience central pain. Cannabidiol was administered orally with a spray bottle as needed up to a maximum of forty-eight sprays in twenty-four hours.
The results showed that those with a placebo spray used it 19 times a day on average while those with the hemp spray used it, on average, only 10 times a day . It helped to reduce the intensity of the pain which also allowed the patients to get a more restful night’s sleep.
Common arthritis treatments can come with manyf negative side effects. Studies have shown that hemp oil extract can help manage arthritis and inflammation without these side effects when applied topically.
A study was performed on rats to see the effects of hemp oil extract on inflammation and pain resulting from arthritis. The gel was applied to arthritic joints for four days. The joints were measured regularly to assess the level of inflammation.
The gel proved to reduce the swelling and actually thickened the membrane on the arthritic joints. Not only did it manage symptoms, but it actually helped to repair the damage.
Anxiety and Depression
According to HealthcareWeekly, hemp oil extract is most commonly known for its anti-anxiety properties. Seniors can experience anxiety and depression due to declining health, decreased mobility, or decreased cognitive abilities.
In a case series documenting the anxiety levels and sleep quality of 103 patients, patients were given hemp oil extract in a capsule form every morning. After only a month, it proved to be a useful treatment for both anxiety and poor sleep quality.
The study reported that 79.2% of participants reported a decrease in anxiety and 66.7% said their sleep improved in the first month and then fluctuated with continued usage.
Another study was done to test the antidepressant effects on mice. They found that when they put mice through stressful tests, the ones given hemp oil extract were able to take shorter breaks and were more energetic and curious after the tests than mice who were not.
Poor Sleep Quality
Seniors suffering from chronic pain or mental illness can have a difficult time sleeping. Taking hemp oil extract can improve sleep quality because it can reduce chronic pain, anxiety, and depression. When seniors are experiencing less physical pain and emotional turmoil, they are better able to fall asleep and stay asleep.
The seniors who were surveyed by Remedy Review listed the above topics as some of the main reasons that they started using hemp oil extract. Many of them reported an improvement in these conditions after regular usage.
Here are the top five symptoms that seniors say improved:
- 61% said reduced pain
- 45.6% said improved sleep quality
- 30% said reduced anxiety
- 30% said stress relief
- 23.3% said improved mood
Overall, the number of seniors who reported a good quality of life rose from 31.1% to 65.6%.
With all the results shown in these studies as well as actual trials from the seniors surveyed for this study, it’s no wonder more senior citizens than ever are looking at hemp products as a treatment aid for their conditions. It’s likely that seniors will continue to hold hemp oil in high esteem as we discover more and more uses for it along with research to support the anecdotal evidence.