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Cannabis Health Benefits as We Age

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Cannabis health benefits is changing the stereotype that couch-locked teens take the lead in cannabis use, today the fastest growing cohort of cannabis users are far more mature. Every day, Baby Boomers and seniors are discovering the many Cannabis health benefits and they’re using it to combat the consequences of age. As the mid-century community approaches retirement, they seek to remain active—and cannabis is helping them do just that!

Reposted from Dope Magazine.com

1. Fight Inflammation and Oxidation 

Most of the ravages of aging are caused by inflammation. Cannabis is a powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant that has been shown to regulate our bodies by tapping into our endocannabinoid system. Preventing inflammation and protecting our cells means increased mobility and longevity.

2. Regulate Weight and BMI

People who use cannabis have a healthier BMI. More mature adults often struggle with obesity and the issues associated with it. Consuming regular doses of the plant can lower risk of cardiovascular disease, increase HDL cholesterol and prevent diabetes. Remember to eat your veggies!

3. Reduce Pharmaceutical Use

It’s no secret that as we go up in age, so does our prescription drug use (typically). But pharmaceuticals often come with a myriad of unwanted side effects. Cannabis health benefits include combating many of those issues—without posing a threat to our bodies.

4. Prevent Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is the most common age-related bone disease. And strong bones are necessary for ease of activity. When regulated with cannabis, our endocannabinoid system plays a vital role in healthy bone growth and density. Who needs milk when you have weed?

5. Treat Insomnia

Insomnia is more common in seniors, and a regulated sleep pattern can improve our health in a myriad of ways. A good indica, CBD strain or even a low dose edible can offer lasting rest without harmful side effects.

6. Relieve Chronic Pain

Chronic pain is the number one reason for immobility, and arthritis is a plague to our aging communities. Recent studies have found that arthritic joints have an unusually high number of CB2 receptors. That means cannabis can be used to activate those receptors and fight the pain!

7. Treat Alzheimer’s Disease and Cancer

Alzheimer’s is a progressive illness, and cancer plagues our society like no other disease. Cannabis has been found to show positive results in treating brain tumors, lymphoma and various other cancers that attack the body. And cannabinoids show very promising signs of slowing the progression of Alzheimer’s disease.

8. Enjoy Life and Embrace the Aging Process

Ingesting phytocannabinoids can help restore balance to the body, thereby improving mood and alleviating depression. It makes us laugh, enhances the senses and cultivates social interaction. All reasons to be happy. And when we are happy, we get out and do more!

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