How do the effects of cannabis change as you age?

March 16, 2023

If you want to be able to enjoy the active, pain-free and happy life you deserve for many more years to come, it’s natural to think about turning to cannabis and CBD-infused products. After all, we’ve heard nothing but good things about the health and wellness benefits of pure CBD for some time now, which means surely it has to be good for you?

Well, even though we’re a CBD brand, we want to provide balance and move away from simple black and white judgements of good and bad. What we pride ourselves on is taking an open, transparent and scientific approach that ensures nothing is left to chance. By presenting you with the complete dataset and all the available information, we want to put you in the best possible position to make an informed decision about your own health and wellbeing.

To begin with, let’s look at how does the effects of cannabis change as you age. While everyone will age at different rates due to things like genetics, lifestyle and environment, there are clear global trends present in the population. 

One of the best understood age-related studies centres around THC — the psychoactive ingredient. Now, while it’s not present in our pure CBD products from Northern Ireland, the lessons we can learn from the studies on it are highly insightful to say the least. You might think that because the kidneys are slower to remove cannabis from the blood that the feeling of being high extends for much longer in old age. In fact, the opposite occurs for a very simple reason. The receptors in the brain that CBD and THC bond to die off throughout the course of your lifetime and are unable to grow back. This means that although the THC remains in the blood for up to double the amount of time, it’s less potent and effective when it eventually reaches the brain. 

While it’s interesting to ask how long does cannabis stay in your system from the point of view of the kidneys and brain, we really have to consider the system as a whole to see what’s really going on. The manner in which you take in cannabis is a great example of this. 

If you were to smoke cannabis then you would double your chances of causing lung damage compared to when you were in young adulthood through to middle age. This is because as the body ages, it becomes more and more susceptible to damage and less resilient to external sources of stress. Smoke inhalation is one such external source of stress, and one which would occur every time you smoked cannabis. A simple way around this is to instead take some of our independently tested Northern Irish CBD products. Not only are they smoke-free and highly regarded within the industry, they also won’t give you any of the psychoactive side effects of THC because it has been completely filtered out. 

When many people ask questions along the lines of how long does cannabis stay in your system as you age, they’re also asking about the way it affects your mental state. We’ve already mentioned that due to the drop in active receptors in the brain with age, the potency of cannabis is reduced. Or, in other words, your tolerance naturally increases regardless of the amount you are used to taking and the frequency with which you take it. 

Your Body and Cannabis

What’s as yet unknown is to what degree the type of effect, rather than the degree of the effect, CBD has on the body changes. There is as of the time of writing no scientific studies that suggest the role CBD plays within the body changes with age. Good news for those looking to use CBD products from our UK brand to treat painful conditions like chronic pain, arthritis and other inflammatory based issues. 

Because we’re a brand that cares about doing the right thing, we’ll be the first ones to update you as and when the science grows in this area. That’s because although we’re a CBD brand, we’re really a health and wellness brand, and with that comes a passionate commitment to making sure you get everything you need to make an informed decision. 

We’re also actively seeking feedback and first-hand accounts from users of all ages of our products to better serve the key demographics who are trusting us with their health and wellness. By focusing on the fine details and constantly improving and refining our approach, we’re determined to accelerate the growth of knowledge in the CBD industry and make it a robust, sustainable and highly respected member of the wider health and wellness industry. 

If you would like to hear more about our efforts in this area at any time, please feel free to reach out directly via our site or social media channels. And you never know, you might just be able to supply us with the key idea or insight that allows us to elevate your range in an unexpected new way. 

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