While the research is still forthcoming, there seems to be a compelling rationale for older adults to include CBD as part of a wellness regimen. As we age, our endocannabinoid system loses its tone, and a supplement of CBD can reinforce the body’s capacity to correct the insults of injury and a lifetime of accumulated stress and inflammation.
Whether this is a passing fad or a historic shift away from the polypharmacy so prevalent among older adults towards a more natural, plant-based form of healing, time will tell.
But in the meantime, CBD products, unregulated and notoriously prone to counterfeiting, can also be expensive, and even prohibitive to many older adults who live on fixed incomes. Still, in the dark heart of the CBD jungle, there are economical high-quality CBD options to be found.
Sunsoil’s Monthly Subscriptions and “For the People February”
SunSoil, formerly Green Mountain, produces CBD oil drops, soft-gels and capsules from USDA-certified organic hemp grown and hand-harvested on the company’s Vermont farm. According to SunSoil co-founder and CEO, Alejandro Bergad, “me and my business partner, Jacob Goldstein, have been trying to move the needle towards people over profits.” They have been able to do that, Bergad explains, after discovering a way to cost-effectively make high quality products, enabling savings to be passed on to the consumer.
In fact, at $30 for 60 servings of 10 mg of full-spectrum CBD from organic hemp grown on a Vermont farm, this is already an excellent proposition. But the company also offers a 20% discount for those who sign up for a regular delivery at an interval of their choosing – up to every 12 weeks.
The company’s commitment to accessibility doesn’t stop there. For the month of February, they have launched „For the People February,” offering 50% off Sunsoil’s entire portfolio for the entire month. This special offer, Bergad notes, will allow those who need CBD most to stock up, and also make it affordable for those who don’t have the resources to try it. Presumably, since over half of their consumers are over 51, many of the beneficiaries will be older adults.
The campaign will be live on the company’s website, sunsoil.com and at the majority of the brand’s retail partners, including Vitamin Shoppe, Lucky’s Markets, Earth Fare and Fresh Thyme.
Lazarus Naturals Assistance Program
Another high-quality CBD manufacturer working to make CBD products accessible to those who need it most is Lazarus Naturals out of Oregon.
Lazarus produces CBD tinctures, capsules, topicals, and pet products, among others. Their high-potency full-spectrum CBD tinctures, at $32 for 15 servings of 50 mg CBD, are also an excellent value. All of the company’s CBD products are made using only non-GMO, naturally derived ingredients, and are third-party tested for safety and quality, with test results posted on their website for full transparency.
To extend the reach of those who can access their products, Lazarus Naturals instituted an Assistance Program, with a sizable discount for eligible beneficiaries. According to Nicki Briggs, Chief Marketing Officer at Lazarus Naturals, “There’s so much interest in CBD and confusion about the category, we don’t want price to be a barrier for people to experience the power of our products. We offer an Assistance Program that goes beyond the typical senior discount to offer veterans or individuals with a disability or low-income a 60% discount.”
She continues: „Our mission is to make quality, third-party tested CBD accessible to everybody, especially those who need it most. And we can do that because we own our process from seed to shelf — from our hemp farms in Central Oregon to extraction, formulation and packaging.”
DIY CBD Oil with a Levo Infuser
For those who enjoy do-it-yourself projects, making your own CBD oil is a viable option. Basically, the process involves taking CBD-rich hemp flower, activating it through heating, and then infusing the flower in oil. Infusing oil at home doesn’t yield the concentrations of CBD that are possible with industrial extraction techniques. But it produces a CBD-infused oil that can be incorporated into salad dressings, baked goods, smoothies, and even skin care products.
Home infusing can be daunting because of the variables of temperature and timing. To avoid burned flower and uninspired oil, the Levo kitchen infuser makes the whole process incredibly simple. This top-of-the-line kitchen countertop appliance will infuse hemp, cannabis or oregano for that matter into the oil, butter, coconut oil or other carrier oil of your choice, at settings that optimize the final outcome.
To help regular consumers economize on their CBD outlay, Levo recently partnered with CBD Universe to supply high quality, organic, phytocannabinoid-rich hemp for infusion with their devices. Danny Schaefer of CBD Universe explains that, in addition to CBD, the strains of hemp they offer are also a good source of the minor but beneficial cannabinoids CBG, CBN and CBC. And the hemp comes with a certificate of analysis with full cannabinoid and terpene profiles.
There is a calculator on the company website that will enable you to figure out the concentration of CBD in your infused oil – information that can be difficult to come by otherwise.
The standard Levo infuser retails for $150, and the Levo II, which feels like the Rolls Royce of infusers, retails for around $350. A 7 ounce pod of hemp runs about $30, with a significant discount for purchasing up to 5 pods.
It may take time to recoup the initial investment, but especially for the culinary-minded, with the endless opportunities the Levo offers for exploration, expression and cannabinoid consumption, they’ll have a fine time getting there.