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As we get older, our digestive health is also compromised due to higher risk factors and changes in our system. Seniors begin to develop less acid in their stomachs which highly affects how they react to medication– many over-the-counter medications, like ibuprofen, become harder to bear. The muscles in your gastrointestinal tract also begin to slow down which leads to heightened symptoms of constipation and acid reflux. Seniors are likely to take medication for high blood pressure, joint pain, and muscle pain which also cause constipation. Relying on over-the-counter anti-inflammatories also increases the risk of stomach bleeding and ulcers. Digestive health is so important for maintaining a high quality of life. The most common digestive health conditions seniors suffer from include:

  • Constipation
  • Colorectal cancer
  • Pharmaceutical induced digestive symptoms
  • Diverticulitis
  • Ulcers
  • GERD

Since many of these digestive conditions are caused by pharmaceuticals and over-the-counter medications, it is pertinent for seniors to limit their drug intake and look for natural solutions. While some pharmaceuticals may not be possible to avoid, finding alternatives to opioids, over-the-counter medications, and high blood pressure medication is a top priority.

 

CBD is a great alternative to taking many of these synthetic drugs that lead to such severe digestive health issues and may offer treatment for other digestive conditions.

 

 

CBD for Constipation

Constipation is a common digestive issue among the senior community. Constipation is generally described as having less than three bowel movements per week. Constipation increases with age and differs in different settings. 26% of women and 16% of men who are 65 years or older experience chronic constipation. This rate drastically increases to 34% for women and 26% for men in seniors age 84 years and older. For long-term care residents, chronic constipation jumps to about 80%. This alarming statistic is highly driven by the pharmaceutical and over-the-counter medications that long-term care residents are taking in addition to being a byproduct of medical conditions like Parkinson’s disease, tumors, etc. In addition to the variety of medications seniors are already taking, fiber supplements, laxatives, and diet changes are the only remedy for constipation.

 

Since constipation in seniors is commonly caused by taking opioids and high blood pressure medication, CBD could potentially be an alternative. A lot of research is available proving that CBD is great for pain management and is a wonderful opioid alternative due to its non-habit forming properties and inability to overconsume. Seniors suffering from constipation due to opioid intake can solve the root of the problem by transitioning to CBD. Preclinical research shows that CBD could lower high blood pressure, making it a promising alternative to high blood pressure medication. Hemp seeds, which are naturally high in CBD, have been shown to improve constipation.

 

Resources: (Scientific studies and articles from the CBD community)

Efficacy of a Chinese herbal proprietary medicine (Hemp Seed Pill) for functional constipation:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21045817

The Analgesic Potential of Cannabinoids:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3728280/

A single dose of cannabidiol reduces blood pressure in healthy volunteers in a randomized crossover study:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5470879/

CBD for Colorectal Cancer

Excluding skin cancers, colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed in the United States. Colorectal cancer includes colon cancer and rectal cancer. Colorectal cancer is the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths in both men and women. 90% of colon cancers occur in seniors aged 50 years and older, making colon cancer a significant issue. Colon cancer is however quite preventable if caught early but due to the invasive screening process, diagnosis is usually delayed. History of inflammatory bowel disease, smoking, diabetes, inactive lifestyles, and unhealthy diets can put individuals at higher risk for colorectal cancer. Treatment for colon cancer varies depending on the stage– treatments typically include surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy.

 

Preclinical studies have shown promising results for CBD as a potential treatment for colon cancer. These studies show that CBD inhibits cancer growth within the prostate, colon, and rectum. While more research is still needed to conclude CBD as a colon cancer treatment, the research available is viable.

Resources: (Scientific studies)

Chemo-preventative effect of the non-psychotropic phytocannabinoid cannabidiol on experimental colon cancer:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22231745

Inhibition of colon carcinogenesis by a standardized Cannabis sativa extract with high content of cannabidiol:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24373545

Induction of apoptosis by cannabinoids in prostate and colon cancer cells is phosphatase-dependent:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22110202

 

CBD for Pharmaceutical Induced Digestive Symptoms

Researchers estimate that 25% of people ages 65 to 69 and 46% of people ages 70 to 79 take at least five prescription drugs simultaneously. Many of these prescription pharmaceuticals are taken in addition to over-the-counter medications. As we age, our stomachs produce less acid, taking anti-inflammatory medications, like ibuprofen, much more difficult on our systems. Additionally, opioids, high blood pressure medications, and other prescription medications often have serious side effects that impact digestive health.

 

Conducting more research regarding your condition to see if CBD could be a potential alternative can alleviate all the negative side effects tied to your prescription and over-the-counter medications. The less stress you’re able to put on your digestive system, the better it will be able to function.

 

CBD for Diverticulitis

Diverticulitis is a common, chronic disease in which small, bulging pouches develop in the digestive tract which become inflamed or infected. This painful incurable condition can cause abdominal pain, fever, nausea, and change in bowel habits. Diverticulitis mainly affects the senior community, presenting itself in 50% to 70% of individuals that are 80 years or older. Treatments for diverticulitis include antibiotics, low-fiber diet, and surgery for severe cases. Surgery implicates higher risks for seniors, making conservative treatments the recommended medical route.

 

The anti-inflammatory properties of CBD make it a great candidate for alleviating diverticulitis. Preclinical studies have shown successful mediation of the serious symptoms caused by diverticulitis. The severe pain caused by diverticulitis is a result of the inflammation which can be mitigated by CBD.

 

Resources: (Scientific studies and articles from the CBD community)

CBD for Diverticulitis:

https://cbdinstead.com/blogs/cbd-and-pain-management/cbd-for-diverticulitis

Cannabinoids mediate opposing effects on inflammation-induced intestinal permeability:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3423254/

Neural contractions in colonic strips from patients with diverticular disease: the role of endocannabinoids and substance P:

http://www.thctotalhealthcare.com/category/diverticulitis/

 

CBD for Ulcers

Ulcers are sores that develop on the lining of the esophagus, stomach, or small intestine. These occur when stomach acid damages the lining of the digestive tract. The main causes of ulcers are anti-inflammatory pain relievers, like ibuprofen and aspirin. Symptoms from ulcers include pain, indigestion, nausea, excessive gas, vomiting, abdominal discomfort, and fatigue. 71% of ulcers occur in seniors that are over the age of 70, making this a prevalent concern. Treatment for ulcers vary on the cause but often include antibiotics, antacids, diarrhea medication, and proton-pump inhibitors.

 

Since anti-inflammatory pain relievers are the main contributors for ulcers and are commonly relied on by the senior community, CBD is a great alternative and may help in alleviating the production of ulcers. Studies have shown the renowned anti-inflammatory and pain management qualities of CBD showcasing it as a natural alternative to over-the-counter anti-inflammatory pain relievers that cause these serious side effects. While no studies have been conducted to see if CBD can be used to treat ulcers, it’s logical that it can be used for pain management.

 

CBD for GERD

GERD refers to gastroesophageal reflux disease which is a digestive disorder where either stomach acid or bile irritates the food pipe lining. Acid reflux and heartburn experienced more than twice a week typically indicates GERD. Symptoms include burning sensation in the chest, belching, nausea, discomfort in the upper abdomen, bitter taste, and dry cough. Seniors are more at risk for GERD– individuals over the age of 65 typically are prescribed medications that caused GERD. Treatment for GERD typically includes dietary modifications, antacids, diarrhea medication, and lifestyle changes. Untreated GERD increases the risk of esophageal cancer.

 

Preclinical studies have shown that CBD may help regulate the secretion of gastric acids to the esophagus due to its signaling with the endocannabinoid system. By reducing gas secretion, CBD shows therapeutic benefits in reducing GERD as well as the inflammation caused by this condition.

 

Resources: (Scientific studies)

Cannabinoids and the gut: new developments and emerging concepts:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20117132

Cannabinoids and gastrointestinal motility: animal and human studies:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18924447

Endocannabinoids and the gastrointestinal tract:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16751708


CBD Products for Seniors

Our CBD tincture can be used as a topical solution, perfect for acute arthritis relief alongside muscle soreness, general stiffness, and joint pain. This topical solution can be applied directly to any painful or stiff areas of the body, offering immediate relief. For more severe cases of arthritis and osteoporosis, we recommend utilizing our CBD tincture, CBD gummies, or CBD isolate. These applications offer higher dosage and relief for not only joint pain and disease, but also for neurological health, mental health, digestive and gastrointestinal health, and cardiovascular health. Our CBD tincture offers an optimal remedy for digestive and gastrointestinal health.

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