Using CBD For Kids
DISCLAIMER: This article is for informational and educational purposes only. Nothing in this article is to be construed as medical advice or guidance. Any time you are considering a new supplement for your self or for your child you should always consult with your family physician prior to beginning a new regimen. We do not make any claims that CBD can diagnose, treat or cure any disease.
Now that the legal jargon is out of the way, you no doubt have questions about the use of CBD for kids. After all, this health supplement is flying off the store shelves (both on and offline) with hundreds of thousands of individuals worldwide touting its purported benefits and how it has helped them in various ways.
But what about if we go beyond the hype? Fact is, many parents are turning to CBD for their kids as a natural, safe and (possibly) effective health supplement to improve a myriad of symptoms.
But does it work? While more research and clinical trials are currently underway, the data we have available from existing studies looks promising if not downright exciting. These rigorous studies have time and again demonstrated CBD’s potential as a therapeutic health aid for a great many use cases.
Again, before beginning any type of CBD regimen, it’s best to consult with your children’s pediatrician. That said, we, as are many others around the world, are optimistic about how CBD may help to improve the quality of life for kids suffering from various conditions and ailments.
ADD and ADHD are of Great Interest Among Parents
With the rise in ADD and ADHD diagnoses among children, more parents are turning to CBD oil as a means of calming their children down and getting the condition under control. And with the advent of states legalizing the use of non-psychoactive CBD oil and medical marijuana, an increasing number of parents are becoming more open-minded to using CBD as a potential health aid for their children.
Safety is Paramount
Safety is always a big concern among parents who are curious about CBD oil and who may use it to treat their children in the future.
The World Health Organization on CBD
As it stands today, the World Health Organization has classified CBD as being generally safe for human consumption. Their official stance as of November 2017 is that the WHO Expert Committee on Drug Dependence (ECDD) concluded that “In its pure state, cannabidiol does not appear to have abuse potential or cause for harm.”
Even the FDA is Jumping on Board
It seems that even the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has opened their minds to the use of CBD oil in the treatment of certain medical conditions. On April 19, 2018, the FDA unanimously voted to approve the drug Epidiolex, which was later formally approved for use on June 25, 2018, making it the first prescription cannabidiol medicine to be used as an effective treatment for certain types of epilepsy.
Changing Perception and Awareness
These advancements have marked a huge step in the open-mindedness of parents and government agencies to accept alternative forms of treatment that are not based on Big Pharma, but rather natural alternative options. Unlike previous generations who simply accepted the traditional medical treatments and prescriptions that were presented to them, more parents and doctors are now open to using CBD in one form or another in treating a child. Interestingly, an increasing number of parents are opening up conversations about CBD with their family pediatricians.
Education on CBD for Kids is Critical
But before you go out and purchase CBD oil, it’s best to educate yourself and pin down the reasons why you want to start this effective treatment for your children.
Some things you should both know and consider are:
There is a big difference between CBD and THC
Even though these cannabinoids represent the two main compounds found in cannabis, THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, is the psychoactive component responsible for feelings of euphoria and the “high” users experience. CBD or cannabidiol, on the other hand, is not psychoactive and will not get anyone high.
But there are various preparations available depending on the legality in your jurisdiction. For example, full spectrum CBD oil contains both CBD and THC. CBD oil typically used to treat a child that is sold legally through a dispensary usually has a THC to CBD ratio such as 1-to-19.
CBD isolate, however, is a pure extract of only CBD and does not contain any other cannabinoids or THC. Thanks to the 2018 Farm Bill, isolate containing under 0.03% THC is generally considered legal across all 50 United States.
CBD oil Can be Life-Changing for Some
If you have any doubts about the effectiveness of CBD oil, simple search out reliable testimonials. Guaranteed you will find many testimonials from families who have successfully found peace and relief after regularly using CBD as part of their health care regimen. There is a slew of testimonials from parents of epileptic children who have found relief and have seen their children’s seizures diminish and cease altogether through the regular use of CBD oil.
Be Advised that CBD oil is Not Cheap (not the good kind)
Since CBD is not legalized in all 50 states, some parents with epileptic children pack it all up and move to states where they can legally treat their child’s epilepsy with CBD oil. For these parents, the relief they find well outweighs the headache and expense of moving from one state to another.
CBD Oil can be Used to Successfully Treat a Wide-Array of Conditions Faced by Kids
CBD oil has been used or purported as a therapeutic aid to help with seizures, ADHD, depression, anxiety, autism, and other conditions. With new research emerging daily, we expect to see exciting advancements in the discovery of this compound’s potential over time.
CBD Oil can be Hidden in Food
Even though one of the best ways to consume the oil is by placing drops underneath the tongue, some kids will not tolerate the taste. Because CBD oil is fat soluble, it’s best if the oil is hidden in food and not in water-based drinks where the oil will simply float at the top. When mixed with food, the oil is largely unnoticeable. Further, a number of companies have now begun offering prepared CBD edibles such as gummies and candies. Both of which make getting kids to “take their medicine” easier.
Beware of the Potential for Legal Hemp-Derived CBD Products to be Contaminated
As with any supplement, quality, purity, and good manufacturing practices matter.
Parents should be both concerned about this and also the fact that some companies selling CBD oil have been known to misrepresent the amounts of CBD that are actually present in the oil after it is produced.
Parents are advised to always read the product’s label, and also request test results from the company selling the CBD. A reputable product will be labeled clearly and also be tested by a third-party laboratory. Also, the vendors selling the oil will have no qualms about providing you with the information you seek. As a rule of thumb, do not give any oil to your child that you do not have any information about — whether it be dosing or product information.
Putting it All Together
Regardless of the diagnosis or condition, many kids can benefit from the regular use of CBD oil to help manage, regulate, alleviate, or eliminate their symptoms. Always make sure the CBD oil you are administering to your child is pure, and from a reputable and reliable source. The brand manufacturer of the oil should make transparency their number one priority. But once all of the investigating is done, the healing can get underway.
And again, always discuss use with your family doctor before administration.