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Spotlight: Is CBD Oil Safe for Kids?

Scientific research has shown that there are negligible side effects in most users, but always be mindful.
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You can’t go far these days without hearing about someone who has been helped by CBD. It’s a craze sweeping the nation. Depending on the state you’re in, you might find it at your local coffee shop. It’s even used for treating children. The question is, is CBD oil safe for kids?

The short answer is that, on the surface, it does look perfectly safe. Scientific research has shown that there are negligible side effects in most users. It’s also been proven effective in the treatment of anxiety and epilepsy in children. The long answer is that it’s a bit more complicated.

Can I Give It to My Child?

While crazes come and go, it’s never the “in” thing to give your child drugs. CBD oil is a little different, though. It’s a compound found in marijuana and hemp that has beneficial properties. If you’re expecting to get high from it, you’re in for some disappointment.

The buzz you get from weed is thanks to the THC compound in it. THC is present in marijuana and, to a far lesser degree, hemp. Hemp-based oil is the better choice because of its lower THC content. It’s also cheaper and legal in all 50 states—so that’s a bonus.

The point is, if you’re worried about your child getting high or becoming dependent on CBD, you can relax. You can find out more details about the dosages and products in this guide on using CBD for kids. As long as you stick to a good supplier and the right doses, you’ll be fine.

What Conditions Can I Treat with It?

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Let’s get this out of the way right now: this is not a one-size-fits-all remedy. Different children will react differently to CBD oil. It’s a good idea to gauge your child’s reaction before you start a regular regime. Do this by administering a small dose and seeing how they react.

The good news is that most people tolerate it well. In a small percentage of the population, it could increase anxiety. That’s why you want to test it. Once you’ve established that it’s working for your child, you can consider a more extended treatment period.

A lot of people swear by CBD oil. They claim that it treats everything and anything. Some even believe it cures cancer. I don’t buy all the claims out there, so I did some research.

Here’s what I found:

  • It’s showing a lot of promise in dealing with psychiatric ailments, such as depression and anxiety.
  • One study in Jerusalem indicates that it could be a valuable treatment for children with autism.
  • It helps manage pain.
  • There is anecdotal evidence from parents that it helps their children with ADHD.
  • It’s also been shown to have pain-relieving properties when applied externally.
  • It can be useful in relaxing an overactive mind and helping kids sleep. Medical specialists recommend using CBD only in the short-term for this purpose. While it’s not physically addictive, your child might learn to rely on it to help them sleep.

CBD oil is not something that you’re going to put on every boo-boo, but it is something to keep in the kit for when you need it. Parents of kids with poor health or insufficient immune response do use it as a supplement and agree that it’s effective as such.

I believe that, if there’s a health issue, CBD oil could be beneficial to your child. If your kid is perfectly healthy with a robust immune response, keep it as an as-needed option. Whatever you decide, make sure that you always use the correct dose and a high-quality product. 

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