Cannabidiol, otherwise known as CBD, is a compound extracted from the hemp or marijuana leaf. As scientific efforts involving the extract have progressed, CBD has become known as one of the most effective substances used to treat anxiety, chronic pain, inflammation, insomnia, cancer related symptoms, and much more. Lauded as a natural alternative to everyday issues relating to health, CBD has quickly risen in popularity and effectiveness. However, the question looming on everyone’s mind is: is it safe and, more importantly, is it safe for children. In this article we will be diving into the effectiveness of CBD and the benefits and drawbacks of its use especially concerning CBD for kids.
CBD treatment can come in many forms including oils, gummies, inhalants, and absorbable patches. CBD for kids can be extremely effective for conditions such as epilepsy. In fact, just recently, the FDA approved CBD oil for the treatment of epilepsy which is, so far, the only application that has been approved by the FDA. However, epilepsy is not the only condition that has been improved by the use of CBD oil.
In fact, a study by the US National Library of Medicine, revealed that with a group 188 children diagnosed with Autism, the use of CBD in those patients reduced major symptoms of Autism in as little as one month and continued to reduce symptoms more drastically over six months. Reported side effects included sleepiness and lack of appetite but no damaging side effects were recorded. Similar studies with anxiety were conducted and followed a similar level of success; reducing symptoms in as little as one month.
Is There a Risk?
Marijuana and Hemp have been a part of human history for millennia dating back to the north east Asian region nearly 2500 years ago. However, as it relates to CBD, there is not a scientific consensus on all forms of CBD and all doses. Before considering using CBD for kids, you should consult with your primary doctor and be certain to not mix other medications with CBD. CBD is similar to Grapefruit in that it can have adverse reactions with other medications because of an enzyme reaction within the body. While it is a natural alternative to pharmaceutical options, it always pays to be cautious when treating an ailment.
If CBD is a viable option for your child, recent research by the GWPCARE4 Study Group indicates that 20 milligrams per kilogram of bodyweight is a safe daily does for children. Common side effects include sleepiness, but most do not experience such side effects with the daily recommended dose. However, there is no “one size fits all” answer to cannabis dosing and you should always consult with a physician and have children medically supervised before and during CBD dosing.
Methods of Use
If you have discovered that CBD for kids is a viable option, there are some recommended ways of how to utilize CBD to mitigate ailments. There are a host of options which might fit your child’s needs depending on preference and dosage. Tinctures, oils, gummies, balms, lotions, pills, drinks, and patches are all accessible as methods to utilize CBD for kids. Again, these options can and should be discussed with your physician before use.
CBD can also be used to treat acne which is a common issue facing pubescent teens. While the most common method to treat acne is with spot treatment and antibiotic doses, studies have shown that CBD can be a helpful tool in fighting acne. CBD is an anti-inflammatory and can help reduce redness in current acne and fight the progression of new acne infections. One of the main causes of acne is an overly active sebaceous gland which produces excess sebum (a white wax like oil substance) which can clog pores and result in acne infections. CBD helps mitigate the activity of sebaceous glands and, by default, minimize the sebum production, limiting acne. The best method for treatment of acne is a CBD oil or CBD gummies.
CBD During Pregnancy
There is no comprehensive research as it related to the effect of CBD on a developing fetus, pregnant mother, or breastfeeding child. While the FDA has not made an official ruling on the effects, early indication and statements suggest that there is cause for concern as it related to CBD during pregnancy and breastfeeding. In animal studies, high doses of CBD have shown to cause reproductive issues in the fetus once it matures and may even cause liver toxicity if ingested early during breastfeeding.
While these cases are predicated on extremely high doses, it is worth noting that these side effects can be severe in animals. Furthermore, the FDA explicitly states that they strongly advise against the use of CBD and THE during pregnancy or while breastfeeding.
While CBD can be used to treat some of the most complex and stubborn ailments, it is always safe to consult with a doctor before use. Dosage is entirely based on the specific individual and the symptoms that they are experiencing. CBD has shown very promising preliminary results in clinical studies and seems to be growing in popularity as a natural alternative to harsh medications.