Now that gummies, creams and oils with cannabidiol (CBD) are available, many older adults are wondering about using them to help with their pain, inflammation or a variety of other conditions. Consider the following:
1 CBD is one of the many cannabinoids, or chemical compounds, found in marijuana and hemp.
2 It’s not psychoactive like tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) or marijuana, so CBD doesn’t create a “high” or state of euphoria.
3 Certified dispensaries test products to certify the amount and quality, and are therefore the best place to buy from. Look for organic formulations.
4 Doctors and pharmacists usually discourage any form of smoking.
5 Start low and go slow. Incrementally increase the dose following your doctor’s advice.
6 Medication interactions with CBD oil can occur with calcium-channel blockers, blood thinners, steroids and HIV antivirals. Talk to your pharmacist for advice on potential interactions.
7 Health professional advice is suggested before you start exploring.