Over the past few years, using CBD oil for children who have serious intractable conditions has become more common. Parents of these children have finally found a solution to help improve their children’s health and general lives with the powerful healing properties of cannabidiol (CBD). CBD is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid that’s been found to possess an array of therapeutic benefits, including anti-nausea, anti-tumor, anti-seizure, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
Many parents rightfully scrutinize the medications given to their children; and their hesitation to give their children CBD because of its close relation to tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the cannabinoid that induces the “high” experienced by marijuana users, is understandable.
But in today’s post of our CBD Oil series, we’re going to look at why CBD is safe to give to children, as well as the best ways of administering it to them for the best health benefits.
Using CBD Oil for Children
1. CBD–All the Health Benefits Without the High
When some parents think about using CBD Oil for children, they are automatically taken aback at the idea because they assume their child would get high. That’s not the case with CBD. CBD is often overshadowed by THC. Unlike THC, however, CBD does not create a high.
In fact, the CBD found in CBD oil is most commonly extracted from hemp, not marijuana. Hemp and marijuana are two different strains of cannabis, and hemp has naturally high levels of CBD and has extremely low levels of THC, while marijuana is the opposite. Some research has even shown that CBD can counteract the psychoactive effects of THC; so if your child is exposed to minor amounts of THC through hemp oil, it shouldn’t have a negative effect.
Researchers are still discovering countless ways that CBD can be applied therapeutically, but studies so far show that there is potential for reducing nausea and vomiting, managing pain, combating psychosis disorders, contesting inflammatory disorders, inhibiting tumors, battling anxiety and depression, and suppressing seizure activities.
The Echo Connection talks about what has spurred so many parents on to try CBD Oil for their own children.
“In general, most parents have made the decision to give CBD to a child because of its capability to reduce and even eliminate seizures that have been resistant to other traditional medications. Recent studies have found CBD to significantly reduce the frequency of seizures in children and teens. Here are a few to check out:
- CBD Shown Effective for over 80% of Children and Teens with Pediatric Epilepsy in New Study
- CBD Reduces Seizures in 84% of Children with Epilepsy, Study Finds
- New Study Examines Cannabinoid’s Impact on Treatment-Resistance Epilepsy
We previously detailed how CBD reduces seizures, and you can learn more about how it works here.”
2. CBD – A Safe Treatment Option
Not only is using CBD Oil for children safe, it’s also a lot safer than a common medication that we’ve all taken at some point in our lives – aspirin. According to Dr. Leslie Iversen of Oxford University, cannabis is an inherently safe drug, is safer than aspirin, and can be used over long periods of time without any serious side effects.
Research is showing more and more support for the many benefits associated with non-psychotropic CBD. Unfortunately, its benefits have been overshadowed by some unfounded fears, specifically that it will get you high like THC, as we mentioned above. As CBD becomes more understood, the public – including parents and children – can begin to benefit from the many positive effects that it has to offer.
Echo Connection goes on in the same piece to say, “Also, it’s important to remember that while CBD comes from plants like hemp, cannabinoids also naturally occur in the body. They’re synthesized on demand to interact with cannabinoid receptors found throughout the central nervous and immune systems. In cases where a deficiency in naturally-produced cannabinoids occurs, supplementing with plant-derived cannabinoids like CBD may be beneficial.”
With little to no side effects and an abundance of natural health benefits, using CBD Oil for children and adults is a very safe, natural option for treating a myriad of illnesses.
So now you’re probably wondering what the best way to administer CBD Oil to children would be. Let’s look at a few different options:
CBD Oil is extracted from the seeds, stalks, and flowers of hemp. Pure CBD Oil has the highest levels of CBD and is typically consumed sublingually, which means it’s held under the tongue to allow the CBD and other botanical compounds to diffuse through the mucous membrane. This provides almost immediate effects. It can also be swallowed and ingested, although this method requires that the compounds have to be digested before they’re able to take effect.
In their article What Types of CBD Products are Best for Children?, Echo Connection says, “Pure CBD oil contains CBD and an array of other cannabinoids, as well as essential vitamins and minerals, fatty acids, protein, chlorophyll, fiber, flavonoids, and terpenes. A significant study that found CBD effective for drug-resistant seizures related to Dravet syndrome utilized an oral solution of CBD oil. It contains only the plant-derived compounds, so in general, it offers the highest CBD content compared to other products.
“The taste of pure unfiltered CBD oil is typically described as nutty, earthy, or grassy. For some children, the bitterness of the oil may be difficult to hold in the mouth or swallow. To help mask the ‘pure CBD oil’ flavor for your child, you can have them swallow the dosage with a spoonful of yogurt or ice cream.”
CBD tinctures or liquids typically contain lower levels of CBD than pure CBD oil, and they blend the CBD oil and all of its natural compounds with other wholesome oils and natural flavors like cinnamon or peppermint. Like pure CBD oil, tinctures and liquids are traditionally taken sublingually or orally. However, CBD tinctures and liquids offer more versatility and can also be added to your child’s favorite food or beverage.
CBD capsules are for older children that are comfortable with swallowing pills. CBD capsules contain pure CBD oil in a convenient form that can be swished down with a mouthful of water. Most CBD capsules contain higher CBD potency than other tinctures or liquids, but the levels can vary by manufacturer. Some CBD capsules may contain a blend of CBD oil and other compounds like vitamins and minerals.
As we continue our CBD Oil Series, we will be looking at eight different illnesses and medical conditions and how CBD Oil interacts with and improves each one.
We would love to hear from you! If you have a story about how CBD Oil helped your child with their particular medical condition or illness, we would love to hear about it! Just drop it below in the comments! And stayed tuned for our next piece in our series on CBD Oil!
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