Recently, CBD has been making waves around the world. The United States is no exception. The number of people using CBD has increased significantly here. US-based companies sell CBD as a dietary supplement. It helps keep people healthy.
One of the reasons why CBD is suddenly on everyone’s lips is the success that many people have achieved with its help. There are known cases in which the use of CBD products could help to alleviate health problems and bring improvement. That is why there are more and more success stories demonstrating the effects that users have achieved with CBD. You can also see in forums, for example, that members are increasingly recommending the use of CBD to other members to benefit from the health benefits.
Many people have become aware of CBD in the meantime. Accordingly, they also show interest in using CBD products for their children. Public is more aware that compounds like CBD could contribute to health. Some parents therefore consider giving their children CBD to help them lead a healthy lifestyle.
But should you really give your kids CBD oil?
What is CBD?
Cannabidiol, often just called CBD, is one of the active ingredients (cannabinoids) in the cannabis plant. It is one of the better-known cannabinoids. Studies on its use have shown that it could have a positive impact on our health.
When you consume CBD, it interacts with a biological system called the endocannabinoid system (ECS). This system contains cannabinoid receptors, which sit on the surface of the cells throughout the body and closely follow the state of the body and react when it changes. By using our own endocannabinoids, we can send messages throughout the body via the cannabinoid receptors. This allows our body to adapt accordingly to ensure that we stay alive. Does that sound complicated? Well, basically you just need to know that the ECS keeps our body in balance and ensures our survival. This also applies when the conditions in our body change.
The ECS regulates functions such as mood, sleep, appetite, temperature, pain and more. This system needs to work well.
CBD stimulates the formation of more endocannabinoids. This means that the ECS can work at an optimal level. This is why so many people take it as a dietary supplement – CBD can promote general well-being, making you feel better.
That’s why many people come up with the idea of giving their families CBD so that everyone stays healthy. Of course, this also includes the children. But just because something is safe for adults does not mean that it is also suitable for children. So, let’s look at the facts.
Is CBD safe for children?
Before you decide to give your kids CBD oil, there are a few things you should know.
Effects and side effects
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), CBD is safe and generally well tolerated in humans. The cannabinoid is non-toxic, non-addictive and is easy to use for the majority of people.
Just because it’s not addictive doesn’t mean it’s something you should take all the time. People who take CBD regularly can still experience CBD withdrawal if they suddenly stop taking it. This is because the body relies on the CBD dose to make endocannabinoids. It may take a while for you to get used to its own function when you stop using CBD.
It is all the more important for children to take this factor into account, as their bodies are still developing. It is fundamental for developing bodies to learn how to work without supplements to reduce the risk of disease. CBD is not a substitute for a healthy lifestyle. Children should eat healthy, stay active, and maintain good hygiene that helps them build a healthy immune system.
You also need to consider the side effects, because CBD can cause, for example, drowsiness, dry mouth, nausea and diarrhea. With side effects like dry mouth and nausea, you may have difficulty getting your kids to take CBD oil at all. If your children go to school, you should avoid fatigue anyway. The last possible side effect – diarrhea – is the riskiest. Diarrhea can be very dangerous in children and requires that they increase their hydration significantly to avoid serious consequences.
None of these side effects are particularly negative, but it’s best for your children to avoid them.
What about children who have epilepsy?
As we mentioned earlier in this article, adults and children suffering from various diseases can benefit from CBD. This also includes epilepsy. In the past, there have been some internationally known cases here where you could help children with cannabis products.
It should be borne in mind that these children have not received the same CBD oil that you can just buy in the shop for your own children. The drugs used to treat epilepsy often contain CBD, but also higher THC levels. These are extremely effective. In fact, they are much more effective than the pure dietary supplements sold in health food stores.
Although CBD is not regulated, there is currently a cannabis-based medication approved called Sativex. This medication is used for muscle spasticity associated with multiple sclerosis and contains both CBD and THC.
Because THC is illegal in excess of 0.2% in CBD oil, it is impossible to get your hands on a high-THC CBD product that may help relieve symptoms that your child may have with problems such as MS and epilepsy.
If you are the parent of a child who has this disease, you can only discuss with a doctor which treatments are best for your child.
The legal questions
Aside from all the medical jargon, it’s a good idea not to give your children any substance that little is known about for legal reasons. The truth is that CBD is relatively little researched, so there are many legal complications. Governments are unsure about the use and classification of CBD is quite complex.
In the U.S., where CBD is legal in most states, some parents have had to go through child protection services, and in some cases, children have been taken out of the family for administering CBD oil. In the case of the Selva family from LA, which The Daily Beast reported, an unknown source reported the family to child protection services after hearing that their epileptic daughter Aliana’s parents gave CBD oil to treat their disease. The Selvas were visited for neglecting their child, even though they were trying to help their daughter and were also under medical supervision at the time.
Many of these legal problems stem from a lack of understanding of cannabis products. Although some CBD oils are legal (as a dietary supplement with less than 0.2% CBD) and although the government has recently legalized cannabis medication for certain diseases, misunderstandings quickly arise.
To stay on the side of the law, you may not want to give your child a CBD product yourself.
You should always see a doctor
In the end, CBD is a medicine. Therefore, it should not be given to young children without a doctor’s recommendation.
CBD can be difficult to dose even for adults and its use is correspondingly problematic. This is why it is even more complicated for children because their bodies are still developing. If you’re thinking about giving your child CBD oil, be sure to discuss it with a doctor beforehand, who should be happy to discuss it with you without judging you.