We’re just going to put this one out there – when we get older, we can get less than spritely. We know, those silly clichés of clicking knees and groans about stiff backs are there to make us feel more than human, but the facts are that changes in muscles, joints, and bones happen with age, and these lead to weakness and compromised mobility.
If we look at the science, age-related changes going on in the makeup of our musculoskeletal system contribute to the many common chronic conditions that we see in older adults, especially those over the age of 65. But we need this complex musculoskeletal system to function in sweet harmony for normal joint motion and movement to happen, so it stands to reason that this is how physical function declines with age. (Cue those clicking knees.)
So, what is going on, on a musculoskeletal level? Well, depleted calcium and minerals, bone mass, and density all sadly decrease as we age, causing the bones to become brittle and in some cases, even compressed or curved. Meanwhile, joints become stiff as well as the fluids in the joints decrease, and then the cartilage in the joints rubs together and starts wearing away. As if that’s not enough, muscle mass also begins to decrease because of a lack of muscle tissue and the body begins storing fat in muscle tissue as muscle fibers shrink.
You see, the combo of bone, joint, and muscle changes can be at the root of pain and inflammation. So, let’s get into the promising benefits of CBD for joint health, but before that, we need some background on how these conditions impact women and the wide-ranging supports available.
Let’s start by saying that studies have shown that women are more likely to suffer from joint pain compared to men, with around 60 % of all Americans impacted by joint pain being women. That might some depressing, but this gives us a great jump-off point because this is exactly why we need solutions fit for women and their anatomies. But first, here are the various factors that make women at a higher risk for developing joint pain:
There’s a whole big picture thing for any complex health condition, including joint pain. Genetics, joint stability, and hormones all play a role in why musculoskeletal disorders impact women more than men. To get a full view, we’re diving into the most common conditions women experience:
Before heading off on your CBD journey, remember that all cannabinoid therapy varies from person to person, and this applies to the subject of CBD and joint and muscle health too. It’s important to know that the results and effectiveness highly vary on the person, the administration method, product cannabinoid profile, timing, and dosage.
For musculoskeletal health, it’s recommended to take CBD consistently for potential preventative and overall wellness benefits. We also recommend taking CBD as needed to help prevent obesity which is a significant risk factor for women and joint conditions. But despite its promising results, also remember that you should never solely rely on CBD for improving your musculoskeletal health. It should be one of many self-care management tools used in combo with a healthy diet, exercise, and lifestyle habits.
To start, self-experiment with dosage and timings to find what works best for you. To understand the effects of any new supplementation, it’s a good idea to keep a journal tracking your dosage, timing, and any risk factors you have. This can give you a clear set of data points for creating the proper CBD regimen for heart health, stress, and other contributing factors, and this allows you to better understand how it affects you.
Also note, if you are taking any medication for existing joint disorders, it’s vital to speak to your doctor before trying CBD since it can cause drug interactions.
As women, we have a first-hand appreciation of the nuances of our body chemistry and how it impacts our search for optimizing our musculoskeletal health in old age. If you’re feeling stuck, know that we’re always happy to help you find the right products for supporting joint, bone, and muscle health.
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