I’m just not sure about the CBD products that are on the market. I have to say, when it comes to this, I am not an early adopter. As a baby boomer who grew up super straight in the Midwest, I remember being severely cautioned on the effects of marijuana by my parents and watching the scare movie called Reefer Madness.
So now that 33 states have approved the legal status of cannabis (marijuana) for medical purposes and the remaining 17 allow cannabidiol (CBD), maybe I need to rethink my outdated opinions on it. In Ohio you can buy it in many places, right off the shelf, over the counter.
Even my local grocery store is touting the benefits – not only for humans but for dogs.
I understand it’s used for arthritis pain, for anxiety, for sleep, even epilepsy and schizophrenia.
It’s not about getting high, but even so, misconceptions and confusion abound. Some of the results are still unproven, according to an article AARP.
Like all supplements, CBD products aren’t necessarily regulated like pharmaceuticals. The dosage could be higher or lower than what the label says. The National Institute of Health cautions, “Care must be taken when directing patients toward CBD products because there is little regulation, and studies have found inaccurate labeling of CBD and tetrahydrocannabinol quantities.
Some people report side effects, but others say it really works well for them. In a 2019 survey by Consumer Reports, 15% of people over 60 have tried it and in the general population, 3/4 said it worked at least moderately well with 48% reporting it was very or extremely effective.
Some of the women over 50 who blog about their workouts have talked about it, like Wendy when she reviewed the book, “The Athletes Guide to CBD“.
Have you tried it? Why did you use it? Does it work? How do you use it, by rubbing the oil into your joints? (I’m referring to aching joints and ligaments.)