People across the country have added CBD to their health and wellness routines in the past decade, and it’s a growing trend right now. Already 14% of the US population say they’ve used CBD products in one form or another, according to a recent Gallup survey. 
But if you’re older like me, I’m guessing you’re not one of them. That’s because the majority of that 14% are in younger demographics.
A few more numbers for you.
Believe it or not, 70% of people aged 55 to 64 and 80% of people over 65 reported never using CBD. Of adults 65 and older, nearly half are not even familiar with CBD products or their potential benefits.  
This distresses me because those age groups are the ones who could potentially benefit the most from CBD!
And considering that folks over 55 make up 23% of the American population, nearly 76 million people, there’s a real need to get this info out there! 
So, if you’re over 55 years old or know someone who is, this article is for you. Keep reading to find out more about CBD and why it may be a great help in keeping us all healthy as we get older.
WHAT IS CBD AND WHAT DOES IT HELP?
CBD, short for cannabidiol, is one of many cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant.
It can interact with our endocannabinoid system (ECS) to produce favorable health results, according to many doctors and prominent health organizations, including the WHO. 
CBD is currently being used by people across the country for a variety of issues including, but not limited to:
- inflammation, such as arthritis
- psychosis or mental disorders
- inflammatory bowel disease
- anxiety 
This is because the ECS, “a complex cell-signaling system,” may play a role in a variety of functions and processes in our bodies, according to some studies.
- and more 
Looking at that diverse list, it’s quite obvious that the benefits are far reaching, making CBD worth considering.
WILL CBD MAKE ME HIGH?
Some folks are a little confused about CBD in this respect. And the simple answer is:
No, CBD will not make you high.
What you may be thinking about is something called tetrahydrocannabinol, more commonly known as THC.
This is another cannabinoid, and in high dosages, it will give you the euphoric feeling (the “high”) you may be thinking about.
So even though THC and CBD combined have many benefits, CBD alone is preferred by a lot of folks because it doesn’t have this side effect.
If you want to avoid THC altogether, look for broad spectrum CBD instead of full spectrum. That’s because broad spectrum products do not contain THC. Having said that, many full spectrum products will contain only trace amounts of THC which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
That’s why it’s important to buy CBD products from a reliable source that ensures quality lab testing.
The company should post or make its lab results easily available. In these results, you’ll be able to see CBD and THC content listed, as analyzed by a third party.
That way you can verify both CBD and THC content, as we do in our own lab results.
HOW DO I TAKE CBD?
CBD comes in a variety of forms. Which you get will depend on its intended use and your preference.
CBD oil is one of the most popular.
And a common way to use CBD oil is sublingually.
That means placing the specified number of drops under your tongue and holding them there for half a minute or so before swallowing.
Not all CBD oil is created equally, nor is it all the same.
Once you’ve decided where to buy CBD oil, check to see the other ingredients used because different brands will use varying carrier oils to deliver the CBD.
We use non-GMO, organically grown hemp seed oil as our carrier oil to provide a high quality, 100% hemp product.
Another way to take CBD is orally through methods such as edibles.
These are nice as they’re discreet which makes it easy to have your daily dose of CBD on the go. And they’re great if you aren’t a fan of the oil-under-the-tongue method.
Keep in mind that there are other ingredients at play here as well, but in some cases – like with the gummies – it can be a fun and tasty way of getting your daily dose of CBD.
CBD also comes in creams.
These are especially popular if you want to localize the effects of the CBD’s properties through topical application.
WHERE CAN I BUY CBD PRODUCTS?
The best place to buy CBD products is online from a trusted retailer. Not from a gas station or corner store where you cannot be sure about the ingredients or quality.
Companies who adhere to the 2014 Farm Bill and its 2018 update are allowed to ship CBD products anywhere in the USA. This includes oils, edibles, creams, and other CBD products.  
This means you get your CBD products delivered right to your home quickly and discreetly.
Before you buy CBD online, be sure to check out the company’s return policy and how they handle issues.
It goes without saying (but I will say it anyway) that another good sign that you’re dealing with a quality retailer is ease of contact. The more methods possible, the better. Look for phone numbers, email addresses, and direct chat on their website.
CBD can be a great addition to our lives at any stage. Its benefits that directly relate to the common ailments of aging make it an especially worthwhile consideration in our later years.
CBD is a great choice if you’re looking for relief from painful inflammatory arthritis, a better night’s sleep, or any of CBD’s many other benefits.
Before adding it to your personal health regimen, have a chat about it with your doctor. CBD can have interactions with some prescribed medications, so consulting a physician is always a good idea.
And once you get that okay, you can enjoy life just a little more!
*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, cure, treat or prevent any disease.*