Health

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...

Scientists Confirm Cannabis Has Been Helping Society for 10,000 Years

Cannabis has been around for a long, long time. We know this much is true. But as Marijuana Moment recently reported, a scientific study examining its history shows cannabis has been helping society for 10,000 years. The fifteen-page scientific review in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology traces society’s Cannabis sativa L’s use from 8,000 BC to the present day. We’ve rounded up some of the most prominent findings. Where Does Cannabis Originate? According to the study, cannabis originated in Asia, “sharing its origins” with the first agricultural societies in the region. Basically, cannabis has been an important crop since farming became a thing. The study also points out that the endocannabinoid system is “ancient” and was “present in the most primitive vertebrates with a neuronal network.”...

5 Proven Reasons Why You Should Consume Cannabis Before Bed

It’s common for people to use marijuana before bed time, whether out of habit or necessity. Now, research on marijuana and sleep helps explain why. Besides easing insomnia, marijuana seems to have a wide range of effects on sleep. This is because chemicals in marijuana, known as cannabinoids, actually mimic the activity of chemicals found naturally in the brain. These chemicals and their biological pathways make up the body’s endocannabinoid system, which is responsible for regulating sleep, among other things. Likewise, research shows that marijuana can also have a direct impact on sleep. Here’s 5 of the most important effects that studies have identified so far. 1. Easier Falling Asleep In a small study published in 1973, THC reduced the time it took for 9 subjects with insomnia to fall ...

Cannabis, Alzheimer’s And Hope Are On The Horizon

One area of scientific research that deserves much more attention as cannabis is further scrutinized for its therapeutic benefits is that of Alzheimer’s and dementia. There have already been a handful of studies conducted that show some positive results — not in preventing the disease or curing it, but in slowing its progression and improving quality of life. In one mice based study, THC, CBD and other cannabinoids were combined and administered to the subjects while they were experiencing the early symptomatic stage of Alzheimer’s. THC and CBD did the most to “prevent learning impairment,” and there was change in the plaques responsible for building up and causing memory blockages. The anti-inflammatory role of cannabis also played a large role in the experiment, and it was found that the...

8 Reasons You Should Give up Painkillers in Favor of Medical Cannabis

Tylenol, Advil, and private label painkillers produce billions in revenue every year. But, over-the-counter painkillers are not the root of the decades-long epidemic of painkiller addiction and abuse. We’re talking cocaine, heroin, fentanyl, and pharmaceuticals opioids like Vicodin and OxyContin. These drugs are effective painkillers, but they also kill people. Medical cannabis can trump their effect and value easily. 8 Reasons You Should Give up Painkillers in Favor of Medical Cannabis: #1  Safer Alternative: Arguing with US Attorney General Jess Sessions, Richard A. Friedman of The New York Times asserts, “Marijuana isn’t a gateway drug to opioid addiction; it’s a safer alternative to pain medicines.” JAMA reported a study of the effect of medical marijuana laws on opiate-related deaths ...

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