Cannabidiol (CBD) is a non-psychoactive extract of the cannabis plant. 100% of THC content in the cannabis plant is extracted, and this is why CBD products have many potential benefits to users without the unwanted ‘high.’ Even though CBD is high on effectiveness and extremely low on side effects, introducing it to seniors can be an uphill task.
Look – the older generation know CBD as ‘weed,’ and they don’t associate it with any health benefits. In fact, most of them refer to it as a drug which has no place in society. However, there are a few things you can to introduce CBD to a senior citizen. They include:
Do your homework
You cannot introduce senior citizens to CBD if you don’t understand it yourself. Before sitting down with them and tell them about CBD products for seniors, do research and have a good grasp of all basics about these products. Remember, the person you are introducing CBD to will have lots of questions including:
- What is CBD?
- How does CBD work?
- Is CBD legal?
- Can CBD oil get me high?
- What are the benefits of CBD?
Make sure you look into these questions and find the most appropriate answers.
Help them understand the meaning of CBD
Most boomers and millennials have accepted CBD products because they understand its real meaning, and can distinguish it from cannabis products that contain THC. Most senior citizens don’t understand what CBD is. When they see CBD products for senior citizens, they dismiss them the moment they hear they are extracts of the cannabis plant. Explain to them the real meaning of CBD and how it interacts with the endocannabinoid system in the body to bring an array of potential benefits.
Some of the potential benefits CBD has on senior include:
- Improve sleep
- Pain relief
- Prevents Glaucoma and Dementia
- Reduces Anxiety and Depression
- Bone Strength
- Increase Appetite
- Reduce risk of heart disease
- ..and more
Make sure you use available scientific evidence when explaining these benefits to seniors.
Get Ready for Uncertainty
There is so much misinformation about cannabis that has been spread over the years. This has influenced the perception the older generation has about CBD. Therefore, be prepared for uncertainty and be ready to explain why CBD is different from other products extracted from the cannabis plant. Explain to them that CBD is completely psycho-active and will not cause any high. Show them scientifically-backed benefits of CBD, and let them know that it is safe for use even at their age.
Share your own CBD story
Introducing people to something you haven’t used yourself can only be compared to preaching water and drinking wine. If you want a senior citizen to incorporate CBD into their daily routine, tell your own success story with CBD oils & tinctures and other products. Give them the positive experiences you have had with this product, and let them know the same could happen to them.
Make sure you are honest about your journey with CBD, including the affects you experienced and how they made you feel. Remember, a senior citizen will be willing to try CBD product if they hear wonderful experiences from a person they trust.
Be prepared for a “No”
Not every senior citizen will say yes to CBD products. Even after spending a lot of time educating them about them and the potential benefits that come with them, be ready to hear a definite “NO.” when this happens, don’t try to force your way. Respect their decision and recommend other products that could help them in the situation they are in.