CHILDREN AND CBD
Children and CBD is fast becoming a controversial topic. Some believe there are issues children experience that can be controlled with CBD products administered in the proper dosage. Others feel like there has not been enough research done that proves CBD is not harmful to children. Parents everywhere are searching for answers on the pros and cons of children and CBD usage.
These days, you can find CBD everywhere. On the internet, in local CBD stores and in some cases even in convenience stores and gas stations. Not all CBD is created equal. Some people believe that it can treat everything from chronic pain and cancer to anxiety and ADHD.
As with anything on the market, key ingredients must be considered when trying to determine what products you would or would not give your child to treat a health issue. Because CBD is so new, there also aren’t a lot of rules about what can and cannot be included in CBD products. So, there’s a vast variety in the quality and the ingredients in today’s market. In some cases, you may even find different amounts of CBD in different packages of the same product.
But is it safe for kids? This is a topic that is new and has many factors that need to be considered. There’s truly little research about its safety or how well it works for children. In our research we only found one marijuana-derived medication that has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration for children. Epidiolex, has been approved and used to treat a rare form of epilepsy in patients who are at least two years old. There is not a lot of research about Children and CBD. This does bring with it a set of risks that need to be addressed.
For example, some CBD products have additional ingredients that could be harmful to children. In addition, because Children and CBD is a new field, not much research is readily available as to how well it works with other medications, especially children’s medicine. There are also no guidelines as to how much to give your child. There are some sources that feel you should start with small doses and if that helps, gradually increase until you see the results you are trying to achieve for your child. Leaving it to the parent to determine how much is enough and how much is too much.
Another area of concern is the fact that some CBD products may contain things other than CBD, and those things could be harmful. In addition, there is not enough research yet to determine if CBD works well with other children’s medications.
There are a few studies done that have shown that CBD oil might work for anxiety. However, the testing only looked at healthy people who were put in situations that made them anxious. There are no studies yet on people with chronic anxiety. Researchers are also exploring CBD for kids with autism spectrum disorder. The results are good so far, but more research needs to be done before we can know if it’s safe and effective for children as well as what the lasting effects may be.
CBD products continue to claim that they can cure problems such as acne, seizures, Cancer, and mental health issues. However, there is limited scientific evidence to back these claims. Add to that the fact that CBD may carry risks as well. Cannabis in general has a lot of health effects, regulating blood pressure, sugar, mood, pain, hunger, and stress responses. These effects have not been well studied in children.
Teens see CBD/THC products frequently trending on social media or advertised on storefronts. This leads to teens believing that products like Delta-8 are safe for anyone since they see them in ads. This is not always the case. The ingredients in Delta 8 and CBD products can be harmful depending on the dosage. For example, a petite, small female weighing 120 pounds may have an extremely different result taking the same amount as a 200-pound male with a tall frame and more height. It is not cut and dried like take x amount of CBD every so many hours. CBD does not work that way.
Adults use CBD to treat chronic pain, nausea, vomiting, mood disorders, and opiate addiction. CBD also has adverse effects if not used properly. But CBD is also known to cause sleepiness, fatigue, and diarrhea. The wrong dosage in children can harm the liver and can interact with other medications. There has been an increase in CBD poisoning cases after eating edibles or overdosing with an adult product. CBD poisoning should be suspected if a child has unexplained vomiting, fever, or drowsiness. Most importantly, the long-term effects of CBD on the developing brain are unknown.
WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?
Many sources state that until more research is done, CBD should only be used to treat children in particular cases who have not responded to treatment for specific seizures or autism spectrum disorder. Ask your primary care physician to discuss CBD use if you are curious or you think your child might benefit from it. Your physician should be willing to discuss without judgment, keeping your child’s best interest in mind.
Toke Ly Nation does not have an official stance on the effectiveness of CBD on children. The information we have obtained has led us to believe that more research needs to be done and exact guidelines need to be set forth if CBD is in fact going to be made available and recommended for children with certain health issues.
A MESSAGE FROM OUR TEAM: “We do not advocate for or against CBD for children. This is a very controversial topic, and our goal is to educate parents so they can make an informed decision for their child. We always advise discussing CBD for children with your child’s pediatrician.”