Is Choosing Delta 8 for Seniors a better option?
We’re seeing a growing market for delta 8 THC, which is yet another cannabinoid from the hemp plant that’s being studied for its unique effects on the body. We know that CBD has a lot to offer to those dealing with a wide range of complaints, whether it be arthritis or poor memory, which is why it’s becoming a widely used natural option for seniors in particular.
But, what about delta 8? Is this type of THC a good choice for seniors like CBD?
Why are Senior Citizens Starting to Explore Hemp?
The hemp plant has been fully legal since the 2018 Farm Bill, at least according to federal law, which has allowed us to explore its unique properties without fear of legal repercussion. Hemp is best known for CBD, its main cannabinoid which is the most prominent compound in the plant’s chemical composition. Its popularity which resulted from its sudden change in legal status has allowed medical researchers to explore its many properties, including ones that are specific to seniors, including a potential for use in treating dementia and chronic pain caused by inflammation.
Seniors typically feel comfortable using cannabidiol because of its gentle and non-psychoactive nature. In fact, more medical professionals are recommending CBD to seniors due to how easy it is to take and how rare it is to produce side effects.
Delta 8’s Properties
Of course, delta 8 is best known for being psychoactive, unlike CBD. Delta8 is the result of the natural aging process of delta 9 THC, the chemical compound responsible for the high that marijuana users get. Delta 8 is present in 0.1% of hemp’s composition, unlike CBD which can be found in up to 25%.
When delta 8 is isolated and concentrated, it produces a high. But this high is milder than delta 9, with people saying it’s about 70% as strong. Therefore, taking a dose of delta 8 should not make you feel as high as you would if you took the same dose of delta 9. Many people say that while they feel calming and euphoric effects from delta8, their mind remains clear enough to concentrate on specific tasks and stay present in the moment.
Also, delta8 may have unique properties that are useful to our wellbeing, like CBD has been shown to in studies. Delta 8’s very new, and so research on it is still limited and underway. However, the studies that we do have indicate specific properties that could certainly be applied to the unique needs of seniors.
- Might play a role in improving appetite, which is something many seniors struggle with, which can lead to nutritional deficiencies.
- May offer neuroprotective properties which can play a role in combating dementia and other effects of cognitive decline.
- Likely has pain-fighting capabilities.
Delta 8, unlike CBD, binds twice with cannabinoid receptors – specifically, the CB1 receptors in the nervous system. This could indicate more potent effects that are felt more noticeably.
Could Senior Citizens Take Delta 8?
Answer: There’s no reason to believe otherwise. Delta-8 psychoactive properties don’t become dangerous once a person reaches a certain age. Of course, seniors may be less likely to try a psychoactive substance, especially since for the majority of their lives, they have been told that cannabis is illegal and worthy of criminal punishment.
But, as delta 8 continues to be increasingly studied, we may see the same thing that we’re seeing with CBD presently, which is a push from the medical community to encourage patients to try it. Delta 8 is a natural product, and many seniors may desire this because of its holistic nature.
What Seniors Should Know Before Taking Delta 8
If you’re a senior who wishes to try delta8 THC, here are the things that you should know.
Be Mindful of any Underlying Conditions
If you have any underlying conditions, make sure to let a doctor know before you start taking delta 8. There is not enough research out there about delta8 to show how it may interact with those who have specific medical conditions.
Medications May Make a Difference
If you are a senior who is taking medications, it’s very important that you speak to your doctor about the potential for an interaction. As of now, there is no concrete study showing how delta 8 THC specifically may interfere with certain drugs, but your doctor can provide you medical advice based on his or her knowledge.
The key to having a successful delta 8 experience is starting slow, regardless of your age. If you are not used to the feeling of THC in the body, you’ll want to go with a very small dose the first time to see what it’s like. Because delta 8 is psychoactive, you can expect to feel high. Tolerance to THC does seem to increase gradually with regular usage.
We have enough experience with cannabinoids to know that they seem to be the most effective when they are taken on a consistent basis, and there is no reason to believe that delta 8 behaves any differently. Taking delta 8 daily may improve its overall effectiveness as it accumulates in the endocannabinoid system so that it may be used as efficiently as possible.
Maintaining Dialog with a Doctor
As you maintain a delta 8 routine, make sure to communicate with your doctor regularly, especially if you notice any changes in your symptoms or side effects, or have a desire to make a change to your routine in terms of the dosage, formula or milligram strength.
Incorporating CBD into the Mix
Many believe that THC and CBD work together synergistically to make the other more effective than it would be if taken alone. Therefore, you may wish to incorporate both CBD and delta 8 into your routine in a way that is complementary.
Delta8 THC may have a lot to offer people of every age, including senior citizens, based on what we’ve seen in the limited clinical studies available. Any senior who wants to explore delta 8 should of course, once again, talk to their doctor and find out what it can do for them. Also, make sure that you choose a high-quality formula from a trusted brand/manufacturer.