Before I tackle the question of “is CBD Oil safe for children”, it is vital for me to remind you all that I am not a medical professional nor do I play one on this site. I am providing you with the views, based on research. Do with it what you will. Your decision about CBD Oil (Hemp Oil) is yours and yours alone. If you are researching it for your child(ren) please consult your trusted medical provider. It might be helpful for you to read over my post titled Is CBD Oil Right For Me before continuing.
CBD Oil has definitely been gaining traction when it comes to helping children with autism, sensory processing disorders, various anxiety disorders, insomnia, focus issues, and more. Not only have I seen loads of anecdotal evidence in support of CBD Oil for children but there are various studies as well as scientific evidence showing that yes, CBD oil can be of benefit for all kinds of children’s health issues. But is CBD oil safe for children?
Studies on the safety of cannabinoids for children is lacking because of restrictive laws that make conducting clinical trials difficult. While more research still needs to be done, findings so far do indicate that one cannabinoid — cannabidiol (CBD) – is safe for children.
Let’s get a little scientific shall we?
Cannabinoids naturally occur in the body. Similar in function to CBD, anandamide and 2-AG are the body’s own cannabinoids – referred to as endocannabinoids – that are produced naturally to interact with the endocannabinoid system to control communication between cells and mediate your body’s functions.
Children are exposed to cannabinoids for the first time through the endocannabinoids found in their mother’s breast milk. Yep – you read that right. Human breast milk is an abundant source of endocannabinoids, a specific type of neuromodulatory lipid that basically teaches a newborn child how to eat by stimulating the suckling process.
If it were not for these cannabinoids in breast milk, newborn children would not know how to eat, nor would they necessarily have the desire to eat, which could result in severe malnourishment and even death. Newborn children who are breastfed naturally receive doses of cannabinoids that trigger hunger and promote growth and development. Sort of mind blowing right?
If you would like to learn more about cannabinoids and breastmilk, please read this very informative article from Natural News.
CBD oil is essentially a dietary supplement that promotes overall health and wellness.
It is known to assist the body in creating more of its own cannabinoids which in turn aid the body in operating properly. Since there are no psychoactive properties in a true CBD hemp oil, children are not at risk of getting that “high” feeling associated with cannabis products heavy in THC.
As with any supplement, there could of course be the rare side effect. In ALL my research I could not unearth anything that pointed to common negative side effects found in children taking CBD oil. I did find a couple of comments on various forums where parents were frustrated because they were not seeing any immediate changes in their children’s health or behavior. But this isn’t a side effect obviously.
If you are interested in reading up on some of the more interesting studies I found which helps answer the question is CBD oil safe for children, let me point you here:
- Cannabis Treats ADHD Better Than Adderall
- Effectiveness of Cannabidiol Oil for Pediatric Anxiety and Insomnia
- Cannabinoids for pediatric epilepsy? Up in smoke or real science?
- Trial of Cannabidiol for Drug-Resistant Seizures in the Dravet Syndrome
I think after reading these articles it is clear that CBD oil can absolutely help children. In my personal opinion, it is very safe to give a child CBD oil.
Having said that, would I give my daughter just any CBD product? No way!
I vetted what seemed like a million CBD oil and hemp oil products. I wanted not only the highest quality product but also the most bioavailable product. (Bioavailable refers to how much gets used by the body.)
There are three companies whose CBD products I feel comfortable giving my daughter. They all have different types of CBD products so you have a lot of great choices. (Click that link to learn why one product type might be better than another). You could also make your own CBD oil gummies.
Please visit my post on the Best CBD Oil to learn more and grab one of my favorite products.
How much CBD oil should my child take?
I wrote an entire post dedicated to how much CBD oil you should take. It is an awesome guide and I suggest you give it a read. Having said that, in short, there is no cut and dry answer to that question. The brand I use has a maximum daily amounts set but in my experience and in reading what others using this product line have said, most children will benefit from 1/4 of the suggested amount or less. But again, it depends on the age of the child, weight of the child, and the specific ailment (if any) you are trying to help.
My child takes other medications? Can you take CBD oil with prescriptions and supplements?
Again, I wrote a comprehensive post about this topic. Whether or not you can safely take CBD oil with other medications all depends on what that other medication is. Please give that post a read.