My Grandparents Could Benefit from CBD, but How do I Convince Them?
In the last few years, almost everyone has heard of CBD. Cannabidiol (CBD) is available online and in your local market, in beauty products, tinctures, and many other forms. Public acceptance of CBD has exploded since 2018 when the Farm Bill was passed.
However, some members of the older generation, including grandparents, may be skeptical of trying CBD for the first time. Sometimes this is because of misinformation or of the association a person might have with CBD and cannabis.
It’s an interesting hurdle to face when the elderly may benefit the most from the extra self-care that comes with CBD. Our topicals, including our long-lasting CBD Balm, may help muscle soreness, aching joints, and other common ailments the older generations experience frequently. On another note, it might be helpful to mention that every single one of our products is 100% THC-free.
If you are here looking for some information and suggestions around CBD that might help you convince your grandparents to try CBD topicals, tinctures, or otherwise, you’ve come to the right place.
Research and Prepare
One of the best ways to prepare before having a possibly tricky conversation is to familiarize yourself with the topic. There is a lot of useful information on the internet about hemp and CBD, but there is also much misinformation. Adding to this complexity, not all CBD oil is created equal.
Doing your research means you can better help your loved one sort through the facts and the rumors they have heard or read. Below we will get started with some basics about CBD legality, hemp, CBD safety, and how phytocannabinoids like CBD may work in the body.
Hemp Legalization Across the USA
In 2018, The Farm bill removed Hemp (with no more than 0.3% THC) from the definition of marijuana in the Controlled Substance Act. This change was huge, as it was the first time that any cannabis-related product has been descheduled. It also paved the way and removed some barriers for growing, selling, and marketing Hemp. Any hemp product available is now under the authority of the FDA.
These details might help when speaking to an older adult; as you can confidently say, hemp (CBD) extract is not defined as a controlled substance in the United States. This detail might very well give them peace of mind around trying CBD.
CBD, THC and the Endocannabinoid System
CBD and THC, or cannabidiol and tetrahydrocannabinol, are two phytocannabinoids of over a hundred naturally occurring in the cannabis plant. One of the most important differences between THC and CBD is that while THC is responsible for the “high” feeling and is psychoactive, CBD is not psychoactive.
CBD and THC are chemically similar to your body’s naturally produced endocannabinoids, which means they can interact with the cannabinoid receptors. These receptors are part of the endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS was only recently discovered, and more research is needed to understand the endocannabinoid system deeply. So far, the ECS is believed to help regulate cognitive and physiological processes, such as mood, digestion, and memory.
The cannabinoids and compounds in CBD oil are believed to interact with the cannabinoid receptors of the ECS. It is thought that certain cannabinoids, including CBD, may help regulate the endocannabinoid system and the body’s natural processes in this way.
What is Hemp?
Hemp is a member of the Cannabaceae plant family, but unlike Cannabis, it contains negligible amounts of THC, the psychoactive ingredient in the Cannabis plant. Both Cannabis and Hemp grow buds or flowers that can then be used in a variety of applications.
Hemp is CBD-rich, non-psychoactive, and by law must stay below 0.3% THC. In appearance, hemp plants are also skinnier, grown closer together, and are taller than cannabis plants. These two members of the cannabis family are cultivated for very different purposes. One way to think about Hemp is as the more practical sister of cannabis.
Hemp is often grown for its fiber, hull, seeds, and the extraction of hemp (CBD) oil. Hemp plants grow tall, some up to 20 feet tall, and are considered an annual herb.
Hemp plants are beautiful and have a long history of use, and every part of the plant can be used for different purposes. The stalks, when sliced open, contain strong bast fiber, which can be used in clothing, rope, carpet, netting, and canvas.
The Hurd or the plant stem’s inner core can be used in many products, including; insulation, hempcrete, paper, mulch, or even biodegradable plastic.
Hemp seeds, often hulled, also have a multitude of uses. Seeds can be ground into protein powder, made into milk, and can even be eaten raw. They are an excellent source of protein, fiber, and magnesium. Seeds are also used in beauty products and even as ink. Hemp Seed Oil does not contain any CBD, although it is frequently mislabeled as hemp or CBD oil.
Hemp oil, such as our Strength of Hope CBD oil, is made with the hemp plant’s leaves and flowers. Unlike the seeds of the hemp plant, hemp leaves and flowers are rich in CBD.
Is CBD Safe?
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), cannabidiol (CBD) is generally safe and well-tolerated in humans, and no physical dependence effects have been reported. Much more research is needed into the long-term side effects of CBD. If you would like more information about CBD, possible side effects, and medication interactions, please visit the FDA’s website, or speak to your doctor.
For our customers’ peace of mind, we also subject every product to third-party testing to assure CBD product safety and potency. You can check out our testing results at the bottom of any one of our product pages.
Hemp and Hemp (CBD) oil are relatively new on the market, and research around its effects on the human body has just begun. None of our products are intended to treat any medical condition.
Having said that, there are many recent and ongoing studies showing promise for the future of CBD in helping people with common ailments. One of these is around phytocannabinoids, such as CBD, and pain.
According to this study, “...phytocannabinoids have efficacy in the treatment of various chronic pain conditions with the greatest promise as a therapeutic adjunct in treating peripheral and central neuropathic pain and inflammation-mediated chronic pain.”
Although this is preliminary research, it is exciting, as it shows so much potential for future treatment of pain. For your conversation with your relative, you might consider looking into the most recent studies that might apply to their concerns.
Continuing the Conversation, A Few Final Tips
Once you are armed with information and have addressed any misinformation you or your relative may have absorbed, that isn’t the end. Keep in mind, this conversation about CBD is meant to show care, not to prove who is right or wrong. Showing your respect and care for your loved one is probably the most convincing way to get anyone to listen and perhaps try something new.
You might also try enlisting help from other friends and relatives who have tried CBD. Try not to gang up on your grandparents; instead, give them time to look into the matter themselves. Giving your grandparent time to process the information, to do their own research, and to speak to other family members or friends is better than pushing for an answer in a single conversation.
It may take several conversations of this kind for a person to warm up to the idea. Depending on their personality, you may need to be more direct or more delicate when bringing the concept of trying CBD up. A more indirect approach could also be talking about your personal experiences with CBD products and how they have enhanced your life.
It’s also important to note that CBD might not be right for everyone. For instance, some medications can be affected by consuming CBD by mouth, so you may have your grandparent speak to their doctor about CBD or try a topical product first.
Whatever the case, listen, show compassion, share the facts and your own experience. You might be surprised by the results!
CBD Products for Beginners
Let’s say you’ve had a conversation about CBD with your loved one, and they’ve shown interest. Now what? We have a few CBD recommendations to get you started.
All of our topical (applied to the skin) products are great for the skin, come in several different CBD strengths, and with a blend of essential oils and herbs, which assist with the effects. As an additional benefit, all of our products, including those listed below, are 100% THC-free.
Our CBD Balm is our longest lasting topical and is available with up to 500 mg CBD. You might try it for yourself or for relatives with persistent soreness. Our CBD Cream is also great for this use case and comes with the additional benefits of Arnica.
If your relative has used products before with a hot/cold sensation and enjoyed them, you might consider our CBD Rub with the added relief properties of menthol. It’s also great for those with limited mobility, as the applicator can give them some extra reach to get to the shoulders, neck, and other hard-to-reach areas.
If you are looking for CBD with more of a full-body effect for your loved one, you might check out our tincture or mints. Our CBD Oil tincture comes with vanilla/stevia flavoring, making it perfect for sugar-restricted diets and for mixing into coffee, tea, and smoothies.
Strength of Hope CBD mints is excellent for those new to CBD or who want an on-the-go, discrete dose. Our CBD mints come in 10mg, 20 mg, and 40 mg doses of CBD per mint. There are also two delicious flavors of mints; Peppermint and Cinnamon. Check out more information about our mints here!
These are just a few of the CBD options we offer, but they are a great place to start. We also include dosing suggestions on each product page.
Talk to your Doctor
Our CBD products are best used in conjunction with a healthy lifestyle and communication with your doctor. We always recommend our customers speak with their doctor before using CBD products.