CBD has recently surged in popularity after a new wave of clinical trials identifying it as a viable medical treatment for a laundry list of disorders. Reported as a “miracle” for children with rare forms of epilepsy, a newly FDA approved drug that includes CBD as an active ingredient drug, parents are considering whether their children can also benefit from CBD. The short list of side effects outweighed by the wide spectrum of illnesses treatable with CBD makes it the ideal natural alternative to harsh, synthetic medications.
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CBD has been positively linked as a treatment for a variety of disorders, including:
- Sleep Issues
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Eating Disorders
How Does CBD Help Children?
At the University of Colorado, researchers studied CBD as a treatment for anxiety and disordered sleep and published their findings in late 2016. One of the subjects of the study, a female child suffering from PTSD reported noticeably less anxiety as well as the ability to sleep in her own bed following CBD treatment –- a breakthrough for the family. An Israeli university studying the effects of CBD on autistic children suggests that 80% of subjects showed a decrease in symptomatic behaviors, with 62% reporting significant improvement following CBD treatment. Epidoplex is an FDA approved drug which treats two forms of epilepsy (Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome); three out of nine Dravet epilepsy patients reported being seizure free after 3 months of using Epidoplex. This is just a few examples of the positive effects CBD has on those suffering from chronic pain and illness.
How Much CBD Should I Give My Child?
When medicating children, it is always advisable to start very low and incrementally increase the dose slowly over a long period of time in order to determine the minimally effective dose. The standard method is to start with .5mg CBD per pound of body weight, divided into three doses per day. For example, a child weighing 60 lbs would take 30mg of CBD per day, over three 10mg per dose spaced evenly throughout the day. Though lethal overdosing isn’t a concern, you still want to minimize potential side effects, such as lethargy. You should always consult a pediatrician before starting your child on CBD treatment, especially if they are taking other medications.
An easy way to medicate fussy children is to sneak the CBD into snacks, such as the Sun State Honey Sticks. With easy 10 mg doses, this is a perfect initial dose for children of all sizes. Additionally, try the Joy Organics CBD Oil, a simple tincture the child can take orally; with a dose of 16.6mg, this oil makes for another foundation treatment. Always be careful with where you store your child’s CBD; just like any other medication, you don’t want them medicating outside of their schedule.
Is CBD safe for kids?
Most CBD products are safe for children, though it is always recommended to speak with your pediatrician before starting your child on CBD treatment, especially if they are taking some other form of medication.
Are THC and CBD different?
Though both are hemp products, THC and CBD are different. CBD has no psychotropic qualities, meaning your child won’t experience any “high” associated with THC, making it a preferred treatment for many ailments given it is not overpowering any nervous system receptors.
What is the best way to give my child CBD?
With anything, “the best way” is going to be subjective; it really all depends on what your child prefers. One of the better options is medicating in supplement form, as that can be generally a once a day dose and easily assimilates into any other vitamins or pills they have to take already. However, many parents seem to prefer using tinctures, as it enters the child’s system quicker than supplements can break down and you have a little more control over the dose. CBD infused food is another option, especially for children who don’t like the taste of CBD oil.
What are the most common side effects of CBD?
CBD has been known to cause drowsiness, changes in appetite, nausea, and diarrhea. In high doses, it’s been noted to affect liver function. Again, always speak with your child’s pediatrician before starting your child on CBD treatment. Ensure that your child has the tools they need to communicate any negative effect they may be experiencing.
Will CBD make my child high?
No. CBD has no psychotropic quality, so your child will not experience any “high” when medicating. This is unlike the more commonly known hemp derivative, THC, which is renown for being a psychoactive substance. Some CBD products have a small percentage of active THC, so be vigilant when purchasing any CBD form for your child. If you are concerned, consider testing out your child’s CBD before giving them their dose to ensure it’s safe.
Disclaimer: Any therapeutic claims of CBD contained herein have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are for information purposes only.