CBD, or cannabidiol, is becoming more widespread and accepted to take. You may have heard about it and have a general idea of what it is but aren’t quite sure how it works or the risks of children using it.
The upside is that it can help you feel relaxed, relieve anxiety, and allow you to sleep better at night. You may take it yourself and are feeling better. Therefore, you might be wondering if your children can take it and what the impact is on them if they do. It’s worth diving deeper into this question so you can ensure your kids remain happy, healthy, and safe while under your care.
What is CBD?
CBD is a substance extracted from either hemp or marijuana. CBD is not psychoactive and won’t get you high. You won’t feel sedated or a sense of euphoria when taking CBD. It’s a naturally occurring substance used in products like oils and edibles to provide a feeling of relaxation and calm. That being said, you never know how your body will react to any new ingredient or supplement, so you or your child should take it under supervision the first time.
The only CBD medication that is FDA-approved is Epidiolex, which the agency approved last year to treat certain types of epilepsy. Many consumers swear CBD has also helped with a long list of other health conditions and ailments, including back pain, osteoarthritis, anxiety, and even cancer.
Effects of CBD
Adults are experimenting with CBD for what is bothering them, and more and more parents are turning to CBD to help their kids focus, sleep, and calm down. However, the use of CBD is expanding without a lot of research around its impact and safety, especially in children. There are still many questions and unknowns out there when it comes to using CBD with children.
Remember that CBD hasn’t been tested extensively for safety or effectiveness, so you may want to know more before choosing it as an option for treating your children’s health conditions. To avoid giving THC to your children, always opt for isolate CBD rather than full-spectrum CBD, whether it’s hemp-derived or marijuana-derived.
CBD & Children
CBD is available commercially in many forms, from liquid to chewable gummies. It’s become very popular as a treatment for multiple conditions, including some that occur in children. Parents sometimes use commercially manufactured CBD to treat disorders in children, such as anxiety and hyperactivity. Caregivers may also use it for children on the autism spectrum to try to reduce specific symptoms of autism. While many parents want to consider using it to improve their child’s mental health, there’s a lack of evidence to support its use.
CBD oil is unregulated, making it very difficult for you to have complete confidence about what’s in the product you’re purchasing for your kids. While CBD oil is known to be useful for treating seizures in children with certain rare types of epilepsy, you should keep in mind it isn’t FDA-approved for any other health condition in children.
Implications of Unsafe Practices
There are risks in using CBD with children that you should know.
· Products are unreliable in delivering a consistent amount of CBD. They could have less or more than advertised, and most do not offer independent verification of active contents.
· Questions remain about how much is absorbed. Very little is known about how much CBD is delivered to the brain in a given product.
· Products may contain things other than CBD, and they could be harmful.
· CBD may be safe itself, but it may interact with other medications a child is taking that are also metabolized in the liver.
· If it’s used for sleep, your child may become tolerant of it and experience sleep problems when stopped.
· Since CBD use, especially for kids, is still so new, few people are familiar with dosing for children, so determining how much to give your child would be tricky.
The World Health Organization has reviewed the evidence for its safety and effectiveness. The WHO report concluded that “CBD is generally well tolerated with a good safety profile.” The WHO noted any adverse effects could be a result of interactions between CBD and a patient’s existing medications.
Serious risks are less likely, but they may include:
· Suicidal thoughts or actions
· Aggressive behavior
· Panic attacks
· Injury to the liver
Tips for Parents
While you may benefit from taking CBD, it’s not sure that your child will. There are too many unknowns and unanswered questions at this point. It hasn’t been extensively tested for use in children, and no longitudinal studies on its effects have been done. It’s advised that as the parent, you wait on giving your child CBD until there is further research completed on the matter. It’s probably best to work with your child and healthcare provider to find ways to alleviate any pain or discomfort from current health conditions at this time.
If you decide to use CBD or want to know best practices for choosing a product, then you should adhere to the following tips:
· Read the label. Look for the amount of CBD per recommended dose.
· Find out where the product is manufactured. If the CBD comes from hemp, ask if it’s grown in organic soil free of pesticides and toxins.
· Search for CBD oil that’s undergone third-party testing and has lab results you can verify.
CBD is a trendy way to treat many health conditions and help make you feel calmer and more relaxed. However, there is too little research and too many gray areas for children taking CBD. This advice should help you to make a more informed decision about how you want to proceed when it comes to your children and the use of CBD. You must be prepared to deal with the downsides or risks if you do