CBD For Your Child? Is It Safe?

October 25, 2019

CBD For Your Child? Is It Safe?

It’s Not Marijuana

Unfortunately, sometimes there is still somewhat of a stigma surrounding CBD and cannabis. This is based on the false assumption, which you may hear from some other parents or people, that you shouldn’t use CBD because it comes from marijuana. This is not true. It’s important to understand exactly what CBD is and you’ll understand that CBD and marijuana are very different. As more and more people come to this realization, the stigma surrounding CBD continues to lighten.

There are two distinct types of cannabis plants, marijuana and hemp. They are very different from each other. CBD is a cannabinoid that is derived from the hemp plant. THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is the cannabis plant’s other well-known compound which comes from the marijuana plant. Unlike THC, CBD is not intoxicating and does not get users high. It also has a low risk of side effects and is non-habit forming. This is why so many parents are seeing it as an appealing alternative option for kids.

CBD natural reacts with our body’s internal endocannabinoid system, whether adult or child.The endocannabinoid system, or ECS, is the system that plays a major role in maintaining balance (homeostasis) within the body. One of the main parts of the ECS is the endocannabinoid receptors which are present throughout many systems in the body. This includes within the brain. Which is why it is believed to have a possible impact on helping a variety of different conditions.

 Is CBD Safe?

Based on more and more research and discovery, there is an increasing belief that treatments derived from all-natural products are safer and more effective than many traditional treatments used in the medical field. CBD oil is one of those treatments that many people, including medical researchers, are starting to factor into that equation.

As mentioned above, CBD interacts naturally with systems already present in our body. There are several differentcannabinoids and endocannabinoids that naturally occur in the body. Children are also exposed toexternal sources of cannabinoids frequently on a day to day basis. Many of these external sources of cannabinoids assist in infant and child development. One example being breast milk, which is an abundant source of cannabinoids. 

So, the brief answer to “is CBD safe for children” the answer seems to be yes. Many high-quality CBD products, even after manufacturing, are also all-natural. Many CBD manufacturers only make CBD oil that is non-GMO, all-natural, and derived solely from hemp.CBD oil is easy to use and has a higher shelf life than many traditional medications. It is typically taken as a liquid under the tongue, or swallowed in a gel capsule, eaten as an edible, or applied as a topical cream. It can also be mixed directly into food.

There have been some instances of very mild temporary side effects. The most common side effects that have been noted of CBD are drowsiness, lightheadedness, or dry mouth. But if any of these do happen with regular use they usually go away within a couple of weeks.

Is CBD Effective For Children?

CBD has been widely used by adults, but what many people do not know is that the best evidence for the positive impacts CBD has is from in-depth studies on children with certain kinds of epilepsy, like Dravet’s Syndrome. Now more and more, parents are using CBD to help with conditions like ADHD, autism, depression, and anxiety in their children. Based on an ever-increasing amount of surface research and anecdotal evidence, more medical doctors are acknowledging the benefits of regular CBD use.

According to professor of neurosciences and pediatrics at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine and physician at San Diego’s Rady Children’s Hospital, Doris Turner, M.D. states: “CBD has become a very popular over-the-counter type of treatment that parents get on their own and give their children, and some say they see a big improvement. Every other patient I see is asking about it.”

With CBD as a general supplementation purpose in your child, some of the possible benefits you’ll likely see are:

  • Higher alertness for longer periods throughout the day
  • Improvement in focus
  • Better memory skills
  • Improved immune function
  • Better quality of sleep 

CBD For ADHD In Children

With attention disorders, you know that your child can easily get overstimulated and have problems with maintaining focus. This is where CBD comes into play. Most of what we know about the link between CBD and ADHD comes from studies on cannabis as a whole. But, there has been an increasing amount of surface research, anecdotal evidence, and testimonials from parents into specifically the CBD compound being effective in symptom management.

Also, a study published in Current Neuropharmacology in 2014 suggests that CBD can be a wake-promoting agent in low doses. Helping users remain more alert throughout the day. Another interesting fact is that our internal sleep-wake cycle largely depends on our level of alertness during the day. So regular use of CBD oil may also help if your child is struggling with falling asleep at night time.

CBD For Anxiety In Children

It is believed that the way CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid receptors in our is by causing our brain to exert several actions. Some of which regulate our brain’s response to the feelings of anxiety and fear. Our flight or fight response. The existing definitive research on this is mainly preclinical or from animal studies. But thousands of testimonies from parents whose children with anxiety who found relief in CBD oil back this up.

The research suggests that one of the actions CBD causes in the brain is to inhibit serotonin reuptake in the brain. This means that serotonin is made more available for the body. With higher levels of serotonin resources in the brain, CBD could significantly help reduce anxiety and stable overall mood.

Research is still being done, but many experts believe that CBD directly binds to an endocannabinoid receptor that has yet to be discovered. This belief comes from the discovery that CBD also prompts the endocannabinoid system to produce more of its natural cannabinoids and for those cannabinoids to stay in the body longer. One of these being anandamide. This naturally occurring endocannabinoid regulates specific emotions like bliss, euphoria, and fear. Many people who suffer from anxiety and depressed moods have insufficient levels of anandamide production.

The hippocampus area of our brain also plays a vital role in overall brain functions. It is also an increasing belief that CBD may stimulate this area of the brain to regenerate lost neurons. Many brain scans of patients battling anxiety and depression have shown reduced sizes of the hippocampus.

Finding The Right CBD For Your Child

It is important to note that not all CBD products are the same. Most high-quality CBD products will be derived solely from hemp and contain no additives. But, it is important to double-check and screen the product and what exactly is in the CBD oil of each specific product. You want to look for CBD products that are solely hemp-derived and contain no THC as an additive.Take the time to research the manufacturer, read reviews, and talk to other parents who use CBD for their children. Then you can be confident knowing you’re giving your children the best possible options for CBD products.

Look for companies who utilize clean CBD oil extraction methods, without the use of harsh toxic solvents like propane and butane. This will ensure the highest quality in the purity of the products. As a parent, the last thing you want to do is expose your child to hazardous substances.

Also, look for products that are third-party lab tested and approved. This will test the purity of the extraction process and the THC levels. It is even better if the company provides a breakdown of the actual lab results. It should be a rule of thumb that companies that include lab results are usually better overall than those who are not open about them. If a company’s CBD oils do not feature information and confirmation about third-party lab tests, it should be a clear red flag.

Go for the lower potency CBD products. It will be the same products used between adults and children. Most companies don’t have different products for adults versus kids. Because children weigh less than adults and metabolize things differently, it is always suggested to use lower potencies and amounts. Most often, children need lower amounts of CBD to feel the effects. 

Many experts suggest that children start with 0.5mg of CBD per pound and should take this dose three times a day. Start your child’s dose low and increase slowly if needed based on desired effects. This allows you to adjust the dosage without causing any side effects.

Wrapping It All Up

As you can see, CBD has been shown to be safe and effective for many children so far. It works with natural systems already present in the body and looks to improve overall homeostasis. The sweeping change in parents’ desire for effective treatment of long-term conditions may just be found in CBD oil. As long as it is used appropriately, of course. Make sure to speak with your child’s regular doctor before starting CBD, and ensure care is taken to do an adequate amount of research on the specific CBD products and the manufacturer.

Are you a parent who has seen success with the use of CBD helping to alleviate chronic conditions or medical issues in your child? Do you have a friend or family member who has? Drop us a line, we want to hear from you!

As a parent, you only want what is best for your child. You can rest easy knowing all of the products available from Crush CBD are made with the highest quality in mind. All of our products are all-natural, non-GMO, 100% hemp-derived, and made with our partner farmers right here in the USA. All of our products are third-party lab approved and contain no detectable levels of the “high-inducing” cannabinoid THC. 

Let us help you find the Crush CBD product that might work for your child. Don’t hesitate to contact us now!