Health

3 Diets Proven To Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease

Note to Reader: SeniorsforCBD always recommends readers to consult with their family doctor before making any lifestyle changes  Original Article from 60 is the new 50   Research shows that three similar diets are proven to protect older folks from Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. They are the MIND (Mediterranean Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay) diet, the original DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) and the Mediterranean diet. NOTE: I am part Greek and prefer the Mediterranean diet.  My grandmother and three of her sisters lived to be in their 90s and maintained excellent brain health. The fifth sister is 108 and still going strong.  All of these amazing Greek women lived a full and happy life thanks to their traditional, well-rounded cuisine. To th...

Doctor or Nurse Practitioner Starting Point for Getting a Medical Cannabis Prescription

Medical cannabis has been legal in Canada for almost two decades, but with recreational’s entrance into the regulated space last October, rules around accessing medical cannabis changed. So how does a patient go about getting a prescription? There are two broad-stroke things to do to get the process started: meet with a healthcare practitioner and then register with a licensed producer. The exact guidelines for gaining authorization to medical cannabis can vary from province to province, per the standards of each provincial medical college. Depending on wait times, the process can take anywhere between a few weeks and a year (the time it takes to get an appointment with some clinics sometimes accounts for the bulk of the waiting time). Kira London-Nadeau, chair of Canadian Students for Sen...

Natural Medicine: Medical Marijuana Companies Are Rebranding Themselves As Alternative Health Care Companies

Investing in marijuana stocks isn’t a simple proposition. Guides can help lead you down the right path and it’s important to know what a cannabis company doe —tech? processing? distribution? — before investing. Even though marijuana has convinced millennials to buy stocks again, companies understand the stigma and volatility surrounding the market currently. Which perhaps explain why two of the biggest marijuana companies in North America are rebranding themselves to potential investors. According to Barron’s, marijuana executives at Canopy Growth and Aurora Cannabis want investors to consider them alongside other health care stocks, not weed stocks. Don’t forget that medical marijuana still drives a significant portion of their business, executives said to investors at a major health care...

CBD Might Help You Cut Back On Drinking Alcohol And Reduce Its Damaging Effects, Study Says

CBD, the widely available cannabinoid touted for various health benefits, may have the potential to help people with serious alcohol issues, according to a new review of current scientific evidence. Not only does cannabidiol appear to “facilitate drinking reduction,” the paper’s authors write, but research also shows the compound “may provide idiosyncratic protection to the liver and brain, which could reduce the development and impact of alcohol-related liver disease and alcohol-related brain injury.” The review, which is awaiting publication in the journal Frontiers in Pharmacology, offers a comprehensive look at how promising the data is so far regarding the effectiveness of CBD on alcohol use disorders (AUD). The authors, however, also call for human clinical trials, of which none have...

Quality of Life is Improved, Cannabis-Consuming Seniors Say

Seniors who use cannabis are having a better time. At least, that’s what science says. Survey data published in Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine from researchers at the University of Colorado School of Medicine reveals seniors who reported having consumed cannabis within the past 12 months believed that it improved their quality of life. A total of 274 seniors between the ages of 60 and 94 (median age 72.5 years) were surveyed about their cannabis consumption habits, if any. In all, 54 percent of respondents reported consuming cannabis “both medically and recreationally,” citing reasons such as “arthritis, chronic back pain, anxiety and depression” for using the drug, with 72 percent of respondents overall affirming they had consumed cannabis within the past year. Seniors who did partake...

Research Shows CBD can Help Transmit Medicines to the Brain

The brain needs drugs sometimes. It needs medicine. Mental and neurological disorders like schizophrenia and depression impact some 450 million people around the world. A new study shows promise for a way patients can receive treatment: cannabidiol, otherwise known as CBD. The study, published in the American Chemical Society journal Molecular Pharmaceutics, found that this key compound in cannabis allowed researchers to administer drugs into mice brains they otherwise wouldn’t have been able to do successfully. This stuff can get real complicated real quick, but it basically comes down to the blood-brain barrier. This barrier protects the brain by keeping what enters the bloodstream from reaching the brain, according to this University of Washington explainer. It’s super useful against to...

10 Tips for a Healthy Diet After Age 50

Turning 50 is a milestone for many people. The half-century mark comes with new rules for medical tests and often brings a couple of health-related signals indicating that it’s time for some dietary changes. Even if you have enjoyed a healthy 50 years or more, nutritional needs change over time. Gradual dietary tweaks may be wise to ensure your golden years are, well, golden. To help determine what nutrition your body needs as you age, it can be helpful to schedule a consultation with a registered dietitian. As the clinical dietitian at Blakeford, an elder care and senior living provider in Nashville, Tennessee, I work with elders of all ages and abilities to help them improve their health through smart eating. 10 Ways for Caregivers and Seniors to Improve their Diets First, let’s remember...

10 Farmer’s Market Foods That Are Senior Approved

Spring is finally in the air! If you’re like most people, you and your loved ones may have fallen off the health and nutrition bandwagon this winter. With the harsh weather and indulgent holiday gatherings, it’s common to slip up and make poor diet choices that you normally wouldn’t. If you’re looking for ways for your family to kick off spring on a healthier, more wholesome note, buying groceries at a farmer’s market is an affordable and fun way to incorporate more fruits and vegetables into your diet. The produce sold at these markets is usually locally grown, more likely to be organic and can even reduce your carbon footprint. Healthy Springtime Produce Options for Caregivers and Seniors Fava Beans Your loved one may remember eating fava beans boiled with a dollop of butter or margarine...

Medical Marijuana Shown to Ease Pain, Sleep Problems and More in Senior Citizens

Original Article Courtesy of PsychCentral Medical marijuana may bring relief to older people who have symptoms like pain, sleep disorders, or anxiety due to chronic conditions such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, neuropathy, spinal cord damage, and multiple sclerosis, according to a new study. The preliminary study not only found medical marijuana may be safe and effective, it also found that one-third of participants reduced their use of opioids. However, researchers advise the study was retrospective and relied on participants reporting whether they experienced symptom relief, so it is possible that the placebo effect may have played a role. Additional randomized, placebo-controlled studies are needed, researchers added. “With legalization in ma...

As Trump Inks Hemp Legalization, New Law Portends Major Changes For Cannabis Industry

President Donald Trump signed hemp legalization into law Thursday, a change that’s expected to unleash seismic market changes for the entire cannabis industry. Trump’s signature on the 2018 Farm Bill takes hemp, defined as cannabis below 0.3% THC, out of the Controlled Substances Act. The change also applies to extracts from hemp, including CBD. The law takes effect immediately, meaning federal drug authorities must treat hemp like any other agricultural commodity, such as wheat or potatoes. Hemp farmers  will face none of the business and regulatory obstacles that apply to higher-THC varieties, which are still defined as marijuana and remain a Schedule 1 drug. Marijuana entrepreneurs, for their part, are cheering the change because: It offers legal business opportunities for MJ companies ...

The 24 Best CBD Products in America

2018 is wrapping up, and we can’t help but reflect on the changing and evolving attitudes and laws surrounding cannabis. We’re particularly in awe of the recent explosion of CBD products. For the first time ever, it’s possible to live everyday fully infused with CBD– something we recommend everyone do because self-care is self-love. As more research is conducted, demand for cannabidiol-enhanced goods increases. And with that demand, more companies are stepping up and crafting new, diverse, and innovative products. Not listed in any particular order, here are our favorite CBD products of 2018. Courtesy of cbdMD cbdMD: We recommend this brand because they offer multiple ways to take clean, premium CBD. From business professionals to professional athletes, their products lead the industry in ...

High-CBD Strains to Try for Your Medical Conditions

Smoking and vaping cannabis are popular methods of administering medical cannabis. The cannabinoids are easily absorbed into the bloodstream, and the delivery of effects is fast. While these methods offer the fastest relief from symptoms, there are some patients who just can’t tolerate the high THC content found in many cannabis strains. Fortunately, there are several strains that yield a very high CBD content. With these high-CBD strains, they can still receive the health benefits of cannabis without suffering too much from its adverse side effects. Top Six Strains with the Highest CBD Levels Below are some of the high-CBD strains you can try for your medical conditions: Harlequin Harlequin is a Sativa-dominant hybrid and was created by crossing three strains. These are the Swiss landrace...

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