CBD oil is an incredibly safe and therapeutic extract made from hemp flowers. In recent years, it’s taken the world over by storm. How did CBD oil rise so quickly to popularity? The answer to that question is found with the families that fought for their right to safe, effective, and natural medicines for their children.
This article explains the benefits of CBD for kids and answers some of the most commonly asked questions parents have about giving CBD to children.
How CBD Oil Became Popular for Children
The most famous story of how CBD became popularized is of a little girl named Charlotte with a severe form of pediatric epilepsy from Colorado, United States. CBD studies proved that the oil from hemp flower has therapeutic benefits for epilepsies in children, but the state and federal laws maintained it held no therapeutic value, classifying it as a schedule I drug. The same as drugs like heroin, cocaine, and meth.
Charlotte’s family took it into their own hands to grow and make their own CBD oil to treat their daughter’s seizures. Although her condition was too much for her and she has passed since her story became world-famous, her parents gave her a greater quality of life and more time together as a family thanks to CBD.
As other families in the state and nation with epileptic children discovered the safety and efficacy of CBD oil, a grassroots movement swelled demanding this medicine be legally permitted. Since Charlotte’s experience, thousands of families have created their own CBD success stories.
Now, decades later, CBD oil has come to the forefront of novel therapeutics. All thanks to the love that parents have for their children.
Benefits of CBD Oil in Children
Children benefit from CBD oil in the same way as adults. It works by supporting the body’s natural functions that manage stress, tension, pain, focus, sleep, and much more. While the only FDA approved treatment with CBD oil is for certain pediatric seizures, new scientific research and anecdotal reports prove CBD-rich hemp oil holds tremendous benefits for children's health issues related to -
Of course, CBD is not a cure or approved treatment for any clinical medical condition (other than certain epilepsies in children). However, giving children CBD oil may help remedy harsh side effects and symptoms caused by these types of health conditions.
Is CBD Oil Safe for Kids?
Oil from CBD hemp flower has an incredibly high safety profile. It is non-intoxicating and non-toxic. This means that you can’t lethally overdose and it doesn’t cause the psychedelic and euphoric effects to coordination and cognition that marijuana does.
It is also important to understand the distinction between CBD from hemp and cannabis or marijuana, which contains THC. THC is not lethal or toxic, but it is intoxicating. And while THC creates physical dependency, CBD doesn’t.
Always be sure to know what exactly is in your CBD oil before giving it to children by checking independent third-party lab results of all CBD products.
Risks of CBD Oil for Children
CBD oil is sold as an over-the-counter health supplement with little regulations. That’s why checking all CBD products for purity and potency is the most important step in giving children CBD.
According to Health Harvard, the side effects of CBD are rare and include nausea, fatigue, and irritability. CBD oil also alters how the body metabolizes certain pharmaceuticals like blood thinners in the same way that grapefruit juice does.
Also, research is still needed on the long-term effects of taking CBD oil, especially for adolescent children. Since CBD was illegal and banned for so long, we simply just do not have the long-term research required to say whether or not there is any risk of giving CBD to children over a long period.
Parents are always advised to speak with a doctor or pediatrician before trying to give CBD to their kids. Ultimately, the decision is with the family.
Is It Legal to Give Children CBD Oil
CBD is federally legal in all 50 US states and most states permit CBD oil to be bought and sold, however, it is always illegal to give a child THC. This is where it gets technical and has forced many families to move to different states for safe access to CBD.
CBD hemp oil is extremely low in THC, most often less than .3%. However, due to the nature of marijuana law, all it takes is one report of child endangerment or drugging from a judgmental neighbor or teacher to invoke a visit from Child Protection Services.
While some US states have passed laws protecting parents that give their children CBD oil, other states have not. It’s also important to know that some professions such as physicians and school personnel have mandatory reporting laws with federal oversight.
For parents and families, the best thing to do before giving CBD oil to children is to educate themselves on their local laws and policies on CBD.
It’s always best to consult state and local municipality websites or documents rather than blogs, social media, and marketing content to avoid confusion or conflicting information that may not apply to your circumstances.