Could children safely use CBD? Many adults use it, for headaches, stress or trouble sleeping. If you have a child and would like to give CBD, you might ask yourself if it is safe. There hasn’t been done much research into CBD for children, but already, there is a CBD-based medicine. Developments certainly are ongoing. Read all about CBD for children below.
What Exactly is CBD?
CBD is a cannabinoid and it’s extracted from the hemp plant. After you take CBD, it can influence the endocannabinoid system. This system controls a great deal of processes in our body, like feeling pain, dealing with stress, regulating blood pressure, sleep and emotions. Spread out through the body and the brain, there are endocannabinoid receptors. CBD, which is a cannabinoid, has the ability to bind to these receptors. From there, it can create a new balance in the endocannabinoid system. In short, CBD can help you feel good.
Furthermore, it’s important to make the distinction between CBD and THC. THC is also extracted from the hemp plant, it’s the psychoactive compound of weed. THC also has an effect on the endocannabinoid system, but the influence it has is completely different. It gets you high. With CBD, that certainly is not the case. CBD has an entirely different effect. In the Netherlands, CBD contains very little or no THC, which is the reason you will not get high.
What Are The Benefits Of CBD For Children?
More and more people are using CBD. Adults notice the many benefits it can have. But for children, it can also have positive effects. We can’t make any hard medical claims, as we still need more clinical evidence to do so. Still, CBD is already used to treat the following symptoms and disorders:
Researchers have done experiments on animals, which show that CBD can affect autistic behaviour. Of course, we need more research to see what it can signify for people with autism. They scheduled more studies, and research will focus on the influence of CBD on behaviours that occur with autism. Like auto-mutilation, aggressive and repetitive behaviour. CBD could be used instead of or next to regular medication.
In America, the FDA approved the first CBD-based medicine in june 2018. The medicine, called Epidiolex, is used to treat epilepsy. This is an important step in spreading knowledge about CBD.
The most famous story about using CBD for epilepsy, is that of Charlotte Figi, a little girl who had up to 20 seizures every day, all of her life. After her parents consequently administered CBD, the attacks were brought back to only 1 a month. And she’s not the only one who was helped by CBD. It really is a very good reason to do more research into the possible benefits of CBD.
The benefits of CBD when treating ADHD have not been studied extensively. The cannabinoid surely has a lot of potential and could give hyperactive children, who have trouble focusing and are very restless, some much needed tranquility. Children with ADHD often have trouble regulating their emotions, and CBD could also offer some support in that area.
Restlessness And Anxiety
Many children feel pressured nowadays. Expectations are really high, but they also have to process an excess of stimuli. Unfortunately, many children experience difficulty handling this pressure. They feel anxious and/or restless. This also influences how well they sleep, because their sleep gets disrupted easily. Your child may sleep lightly or have nightmares. You could give your child CBD, to help it cope better with stress and anxiety.
As it happens, CBD could create more peace and quiet in a child’s mind. Endless thoughts decrease, promoting a sense of calm and optimism. Physically, CBD makes it possible for your child to relax. Both during the day as at night, he or she will be better able to wind down.
How Do You Administer CBD To Children?
We recommend to give CBD to children aged 4 years and older.
Children aged 4 years and older:
2 to 3 drops per day, 4% CBD oil
Or try the tasty CBD Gummies, who contain 4 mg per Gummy, ideal for kids.
Tips for administering CBD to children
- Start with a low dose and build up, until you see the desired results.
- When you administer CBD to your child, the best way to give it, is to put the drops under the tongue. The oil is very quickly absorbed by the body through the mucus membrane. Try to convince your child to hold the oil in the mouth for 30 seconds.
- CBD oil has a strong taste that’s not very appetizing to children. In case your child has trouble taking it, try putting the drop(s) on a piece of bread or mix it with some water.
If you would like to give CBD to your child, you should consider buying good quality CBD. SupMedi’s CBD oil is always strictly monitored. This way we guarantee that we supply you with high quality CBD oil, rich in active compounds.