Every parent wants their children to be healthy. As CBD grows in popularity as a healthy alternative to many drugs for a variety of medical conditions, it is, of course, also being considered whether CBD is suitable for children. You may have heard your friends say that they use CBD oil with their children. In this article, you will learn why you might consider using CBD for your children.
When buying CBD oil for children, quality is most important. Don’t buy the cheapest CBD oil at all costs, but rather focus on quality.
Some manufacturers use toxic solvents such as propane and butane for extraction to avoid higher production costs and sell cheap CBD oil. There are two extraction methods that provide pure and strong extracts without leaving harmful chemicals – ethanol and CO2 extraction.
Full-spectrum CBD oil contains all phytonutrients from cannabis, including cannabinoids (with trace amounts of THC), terpenes, flavonoids and essential oils, while the CBD isolate carries only pure isolated cannabidiol. While isolates offer the highest dose of CBD per serving and are more versatile than full spectrum CBD, they lack the synergy achieved by other cannabis compounds in the full spectrum extract. It is believed that CBD oil obtained from the whole plant has a higher therapeutic value than isolate-based products and the user needs less CBD to achieve the desired effect. There is more scientific evidence to support the theory of synergy between cannabinoids, especially in terms of pain and inflammation.
Full-spectrum CBD oil is a better choice, but if your child is allergic to certain components of the cannabis plant – or you simply don’t want even a negligible amount of THC in his system – isolates may be your only option.
CBD has gained fame for its anticonvulsant properties in children with rare forms of epilepsy. However, this cannabinoid is also able to alleviate less severe conditions – not to mention that it is a great supplement that keeps your young child in good health in a natural way. Below are the most common uses of CBD oil in children and how it can improve selected health problems.
If your child has an attention deficit disorder – quickly overstimulates quickly and has difficulty maintaining attention – CBD can help manage symptoms. Research into CBD as a potential treatment for ADHD is sparse. Most of what we know about the link between the two comes from studies of cannabis as a whole, not a specific CBD compound. However, there is much anecdotal evidence from parents who give CBD to their children that CBD oil helps in managing their symptoms of hyperactivity.
In addition, a 2014 study published in the journal Current Neuropharmacology suggests that at low doses, CBD may be a wake-up aid, increasing users’ alertness throughout the day. Interestingly, our sleep and wakefulness cycle largely depends on our level of alertness during the day, so CBD oil can also help if your baby has sleep problems at night.
CBD performs several actions in the brain that regulate our brain’s response to feelings of fear and anxiety. Research in this subject is mostly preclinical or based on animal studies, but there are thousands of testimonies from parents whose children have found relief from anxiety in CBD oil.
But how exactly does CBD work for anxiety disorders? Research suggests that cannabidiol inhibits serotonin reuptake in the brain. In other words, it makes serotonin more accessible to the body. With better control over your sources of serotonin, CBD can help stabilize your mood and reduce anxiety.
The second advantage is related to the ability of CBD to stimulate the endocannabinoid system to produce more of its natural cannabinoids. This includes anandamide – an endocannabinoid that regulates emotions such as fear, bliss and euphoria. Insufficient production of anandamide has been associated with a low mood or an exaggerated response to anxiety triggers. Like serotonin, CBD stimulates the release of anandamide and helps it stay in the body for longer – it helps the user to maintain common sense.
Last but not least, CBD can stimulate the hippocampus (a critical area of the brain that plays a crucial role in a number of brain functions) to regenerate neurons. These findings are particularly interesting because brain scans of patients suffering from anxiety and depression often show a smaller hippocampus.
A study conducted by the director of pediatric neurology at the Shareek Zedek Dr. Hospital in Jerusalem. Adi Aranem treated 60 autistic children with CBD oil for at least seven months. After the treatment period, parents were asked to complete evaluation questionnaires about changes in their child’s condition. Researchers asked about behavioral changes, levels of anxiety and communication skills.
According to the data collected, 80% of parents experienced a decline in problematic behavior, with 62% reporting significant improvement. Half of the children surveyed showed improved communication and 40% of parents reported a significant reduction in their children’s anxiety. While these are really promising results, we need more longitudinal studies in larger groups of patients to make the research convincing.
If your child is taking any medication, always consult your doctor before using CBD. CBD is metabolised in the liver, like many other drugs, so the use of CBD could affect its effect.
Yes, it’s the same product. Companies do not distinguish between CBD oil for children and adults. However, because children weigh less than adults, it is advisable to give them smaller doses. Children usually need a lower amount of CBD to feel the difference. In addition, with low-efficiency CBD oil (eg, 250 mg CBD per bottle), it is easier to measure the dose in a dropper because you can use a few drops instead of measuring, say, a tenth of the syringe’s dosage.
CBD is a highly versatile supplement that has a special relationship with our endocannabinoid system. If you are giving your child CBD oil for general supplementary purposes, you can expect the following benefits:
From a practical point of view, CBD is easy to use, has a long shelf life and can be given to your child in many different ways.
Of course, your children will not soak up CBD oil or apply CBD concentrates to themselves, because firstly they are too strong and secondly – the method of consumption alone is out of the question for children. Most parents choose the sublingual method, which involves placing a few drops of CBD oil under the child’s tongue. Once there, they must hold it for about 30-60 seconds until the oil is absorbed into the bloodstream, and then swallow.
It may happen that your squirrel is not a fan of the strong taste of CBD oil and will turn his head away every time you try to administer it sublingually. There are also capsules with CBD or various flavors. You can also add CBD to a child’s meal or make a healthy and good fruit cocktail with CBD.
The optimal dose for a given CBD user – including children – depends on its weight, metabolism, unique body chemistry and desired effects. In the pediatric population of CBD users, experts recommend starting with 0.5 mg CBD per kilogram body weight and taking this dose three times a day.
Start low and slowly, then you can adjust the dose according to how your child responds to CBD without causing any side effects (such as dry mouth or dizziness).
CBD oil is an excellent tool for improving the quality of life not only of adults but also of children. Due to the non-psychoactive nature of CBDs, this compound has no effect on their mental development and comes with only a few mild side effects, such as dry mouth or dizziness, when consumed in large quantities.