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Cannabidiol for Children, is it safe?

Updated: Jul 22, 2020

Is CBD safe for Children? 

Currently, cannabidiol (derived from the flowering plant Cannabis sativa) has gained a lot of publicity to its reported safety and curative effects on children. Though using cannabidiol (CBD) to manage illnesses in children may seem strange to parents, but research has shown that CBD is safe and has less side-effects than other drugs, in accordance to the journal Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research. Research has also revealed that breastmilk naturally contains cannabinoids like CBD that are vital for infant development.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration considers CBD a dietary supplement; therefore, it prohibits manufacturers from stating it can treat a particular indication. However, cannabidiol products like CBD oil, ointments and salves are being effectively used to address a number of pediatric issues such as pain, stress, anxiety insomnia, seizures and skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis.

What you should know first? 

CBD is not marijuana or THC

The cannabis plant contains two major compounds, namely tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). Both these compounds are structurally dissimilar and bind to different receptors in the nervous system, thereby varying in their functionality. 

After consumption, THC binds with cannabinoid 1 (CB1) receptors to create euphoric and mind-altering effects. Thus, products with high CBD-to-THC ratio are not ideal for kids.

CBD doesn’t bind to CB1 receptors; therefore, products containing pure cannabidiol can be used in the pediatric population. However, if you are buying over-the-counter (OTC) cannabidiol products from a legal medical marijuana store or over the internet, they may contain THC. Therefore, it is vital to check the product label and online product reviews to make sure you are giving pure CBD to your child.

Unlike marijuana, CBD oil is legal under the U.S. federal law and does not necessarily require a doctor’s prescription. However, state laws are dynamic and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has clarified that cannabidiol products like CBD oil are legal only in states where marijuana is legalized.

Regardless of changes in the laws, to avoid undesirable legal consequences — including a call from Child Protective Services — it is wise to speak to your family physician about the use of CBD among kids. All of our products at Elaia Herbals Company are doctor recommended. 

Which CBD Products are Best? 

Cannabidiol product labels offer a lot of information that can make it confusing for you to select the right product for your young one.

All CBD product labels offer information about the manufacturer. It is worthwhile researching the organization and learning about its quality standards and standing in the industry, thus reducing the risk of purchasing substandard products.

Serving size (also mentioned as servings per unit and servings per package) gives you an idea of how long the product will last. For instance, if the label mentions 20 servings, the product should last you 20 days (the once-daily dosage). However, the serving size found on the label is merely a suggestion. It’s best to consult your doctor for precise dosage recommendations based on age, height, and weight. 

Every cannabidiol product offers information on the amount of CBD present in each serving and if the product contains THC. For instance, a label with a 20mg serving contains 1000mg of cannabidiol. This helps determine the dose to be administered with respect to the condition and the child’s body weight.

Some CBD products are infused with flavors and natural sweeteners to improve their taste and aroma. Also, depending on the process used to extract and isolate cannabidiol, it is normal to find natural constituents found in hemp, like other cannabinoids (not including THC) and terpenes in the product.

Which CBD Products are Best? 

Know the potency of cannabidiol before incorporating the product into your child’s healthcare routine. Some products contain high levels of the psychoactive cannabinoid, THC, that does offer therapeutic benefits but also causes mind-altering effects, making it unsuitable for children.

On the other hand, some products that contain only CBD offer neuroprotective, analgesic and antioxidant properties. Thus, it is a good idea to do some research on the various products available over the counter and the internet.

Cannabidiol for kids is available in various forms; however, its dose and duration will depend upon your child’s health condition, body size and doctor’s recommendation. Here are the most common CBD products that can be used for children. 

Hygeia Gummies by Elaia Herbals Company are a perfect form – tasty, easily ingested, low dose that is perfect for children.

Panacea CBD Tincture by Elaia Herbals Company is another great form for children – plain taste, easy drops, and fast absorption.

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