When a child is in pain, parents will naturally do anything they can do to help them. It can become especially difficult and emotionally taxing for parents of children who are diagnosed with treatment-resistant or hard-to-treat illnesses such as epilepsy, autism, chronic pain, anxiety, etc. However, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has only approved one condition that can be legally treated with CBD and that is epilepsy.
In 2018, the FDA approved Epidiolex, a cannabis-based drug that was recommended for use on certain types of epilepsy. Since then, there are other similar pharmaceutical versions that are used for epilepsy. However, what about CBD oils that are commonly used and can even be purchased online and at convenience stores?
That hasn’t stopped parents from exploring the use of CBD for their children. After all, it has a very good safety profile — it doesn’t even get you high. Result of a recent survey revealed that about three-quarters of parents in the United States consider CBD a good alternative for their children when conventional medications don’t work.
Additionally, 83% of respondents believe the FDA should regulate CBD products and 74% believe their use should require a doctor’s prescription. The results also showed that over 90% of parents have never given CBD to their children, while 2% have and 4% have considered giving it. For parents who gave or considered, 29% said they discussed it with their healthcare providers. The most common reasons why parents give CBD to their children was anxiety followed by sleep problems, ADHD, muscle aches, autism and finally overall health.
These results reveal that even though CBD is so readily available and legal, parents still don’t know much about it. In fact, some of them even think it’s the same as cannabis.
With that said, parents, here’s the facts about CBD and what you need to know about using it for your kids:
- Cannabidiol does not get you high. It’s the tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) that does this, and provided you buy your cannabis from a reputable brand, you shouldn’t have to worry about its THC content.
CBD oils sold in pharmacies and dispensaries that are intended for medical purposes or pediatric use will usually list its CBD to THC ratio, and you can safely buy one from a licensed dispensary with the lowest THC ratio possible, such as 1, and have peace of mind that your child won’t get high. Having a small amount of THC usually cannot be felt and in many cases can even enhance the therapeutic benefits of CBD.
- Children may feel the effects of CBD faster and stronger. This means that if you decide to treat your child with CBD, you should always do so in a safe and controlled environment such as your home.
If your child is a teenager, do not allow him to drive after taking medication. Although CBD does not generally harm adults, it may have a different effect on young children whose brains are still developing. This is especially important if your child is still new to CBD medications and you are both still evaluating how you feel with him.
Some common effects children may experience when taking medication with CBD include fatigue, sedation, loss of appetite, or diarrhea.
- Don’t just buy CBD products online. Always research the brand before buying, whether for you or for your children.
What you read online may tell you that CBD is safe, gentle, and harmless. But remember that for children this may not be 100% the case, especially if you are not buying from a reputable and reputable manufacturer. It’s bad enough that the CBD industry is unregulated as is, but when consumers accidentally buy without doing the proper research, that’s where the danger can arise.
Many CBD oils and other products sold on the Internet may contain harmful ingredients, and companies are not required to disclose all of the ingredients they use because the FDA does not require them to sell them online. It is simply not safe for a child or an adult to consume any cannabis product. Always look for a Certificate of Analysis (COA) provided by reputable manufacturers with their products.
- CBD is effective in treating a range of pediatric conditions. That said, it’s in your (and your child’s) best interest not to give CBD oil without the recommendation of a medical professional. Now, as long as it’s purchased legally and with a recommendation, the correct use of CBD can be extremely effective in treating conditions that affect children, including ADHD, seizures, depression, anxiety, and depression. ‘autism.
Doctors will be able to advise on the right dosage as well as the CBD-THC ratio depending on the condition you are trying to treat. Just be careful not to treat CBD oil as a panacea.
- CBD can have interactions with other medicines your child may be taking. This is another important reason why you should consult a medical professional before giving CBD to your children.
Taking cannabis medications in combination with pharmaceutical drugs can impact liver function as well as the enzymes the body needs to metabolize the drugs.
Most importantly, always talk to your child’s doctor before putting them on CBD. The good news is that more and more medical providers are already learning about the therapeutic effects of CBD, so even if the case isn’t epilepsy, they may have up-to-date information on the treatment of some pediatric cases as well as news on the best products or dosages to best help your child.
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