Is CBD Safe for Children?

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It’s hard to get away from CBD. It’s everywhere. From corner stores to cannabis dispensaries, the products offer the promise of pain relief. Studies have shown that CBD oils are able to alleviate behavioral problems, treat epilepsy, and perinatal brain injury in children. The relationship between how it reacts in the body within adults and children is still under researched. There are no indications that it can be abused or become a dependent habit. 


If you’re a parent here are some things to consider before giving your child CBD:


Dosage

Studies show that no amount of CBD is harmful to the body. Children who take CBD should be medically supervised by a physician. In general, a dose of CBD ranges anywhere from 2.5-10mg depending on age, size, and symptom of severity.


Read the Labels

When considering giving your child CBD look for reputable brands and brands that are certified and have tested organic. CBD can be produced synthetically so keep your eyes open. Labels should have supplement information, indicate broad spectrum, full spectrum, or isolate, batch number, and date code. Aim to purchase low potency products which will make rationing out the dosages a lot easier. Always double check to make sure that the products are THC free. 


Understand Potential Side Effects

CBD is a safe medication in low dosages, but it may alter metabolism when mixed with certain medications. Consult with a health specialist and pediatrician to discuss possible risks with current medications. 


Safe Methods

When administering CBD to children the safest way to dose is through oil. You can mix CBD oil with your children’s favorite drinks like apple or orange juice. Tinctures are alcohol based and should be avoided. Capsules are not safe for children under 8 years old. 


There are many reasons behind giving a child CBD: 


  • To alleviate or prevent nausea before a long car ride (doesn’t work on all children)
  • As an alternative pain management option for mild pain to alleviate anxiety in anxious or autistic children
  • To support a full night of sleep in children experiencing insomnia 
  • To alleviate symptoms of certain epileptic conditions 
  • To relax the lungs and chest muscles to help with coughing
  • To manage inflammation involved with autoimmune disease

Go slow with the dosage and track any changes that appear. Consult a cannabis expert as they are likely to provide helpful recommendations on products that will help with your child’s condition. 

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