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CBD (cannabidiol) oil is a trendy health and wellness cure. It’s said to calm the nerves and promise other benefits for overall health and wellness. But is it okay to use CBD for your kids? For general CBD Oil education, please click here, but for now, read on about the kids!
In short, yes, it is. Cannabinoids and endocannabinoids occur naturally in the body, and children are exposed to external sources of cannabinoids quite frequently. In fact, human breast milk is an abundant source of endocannabinoids, which assist with infant development.
CBD oil has been used broadly among children with health issues. In one famous case, a six-year-old girl named Charlotte Figi was given CBD oil to calm her seizures.
Could CBD (cannabidiol) oil — which is extracted from pot plants — be the new go-to for calming kids down? With states green-lighting the CBD oil one after another, there's a new wave of millennials who are more curious than ever before about giving hemp derived oils to their kids and babies. I even found one article discussing giving CBD oil infused hot chocolate to their kids.
The attitude around pot and CBD oil is constantly evolving, too. Federal advisers to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) unanimously voted on April 19, 2018 to approve of the drug Epidiolex. This is set to become the first prescription cannabidiol medicine to be recommended by the FDA committee for its effective treatment of certain forms of epilepsy.
For years, the general consensus in our culture has been "Don't give pot to tots," but how harmful is CBD oil, really? And in what cases do the benefits outweigh the potential negatives? And don't forget that parents legally use CBD oil as medicine for their children who truly need it.
We found an article on BestProducts website where they chatted with cannabis expert Frank Lucido, MD of Berkley, California, and canna-parent Melissa Hilt of Albany, New York, to find out the real deal on reefer oil for kids.
Here are 11 things you should know:
1. THC and CBD Are Not the Same
Let’s talk about the elephant in the room first. The hemp plant contains two primary compounds: THC and CBD, and they have very different purposes.
THC is the active ingredient in marijuana, whether for medical or recreational purposes. It binds with your brain’s cannabinoid 1 (CB1) receptors to create a high. Medications will have a CBD-to-THC ratio, and the higher the THC ratio, the stronger the high.
CBD, on the other hand, does not bind with CB1 receptors in the brain, which means people can’t get high from it. CBD sold over the Internet should not contain THC, so you won’t get high from it.
Over-the-counter CBD oil in legal medical marijuana stores may contain some THC, so keep an eye open for that. But rest assured that if you give pure CBD oil to your child, he or she isn’t ingesting marijuana.
2. Not All CBD Oils Are Created Equally
It’s illegal for over-the-counter CBD oil to contain any amount of THC in most states, but be careful if you buy CBD oil over the Internet. The FDA works hard to shut down any manufacturers of CBD oil that contain THC, but the agency may not catch everyone.
Screen CBD oil very carefully before you make a purchase. In addition, certain CBD products are higher quality than others. Read reviews, talk to other parents, and learn as much as you can about a product to make sure you’re giving your kids the best possible CBD products.
3. CBD oil can change lives.
There are incredible testimonials from families who have found relief after incorporating CBD oil into their daily lifestyle. Melissa Hilt's 10-year-old daughter, Haley, was seizing over 100 times daily. Haley underwent surgery, tried alternative diets, and attempted taking over 15 medications to slow down her seizing. A dose of 19-to-1 (CBD-to-THC) oil is given to her at breakfast and dinnertime, and Melissa told us she finally feels like she's "met" her real daughter. Her kiddo is no longer in a constant "haze" from all of the different medications she was trying. Now, Haley smiles and plays with her sister. Melissa told us, "It's been the greatest gift to our family to be able to finally 'meet' her." Now, that's powerful ...
4. There's still research that needs to happen.
Back to the Hilts: Haley's seizures did return after slowing down tremendously for one month, but she's still making wonderful progress developmentally. Normally, seizures can prevent Haley from reaching new, important milestones. Hilt says it seems like there's almost something protective about the CBD oil that keeps her child hitting new milestones, and her daughter's doctors in New York and Boston agree. At the same time, Hilt insists that for kids without any medical issues, there might not be enough long-term research to safely use CBD oil on young children regularly. She suggests that parents use it with caution. Dr. Lucido says that the oil shouldn't be used unless it's to treat a medical disorder in a state where it's legal.
5. Do your research before buying the stuff online to treat your kid.
For parents, it's tempting to read about the effects of non-psychoactive CBD oil and mix some into their kid's hot chocolate at night before bed, but the truth is, it's better to stay away from the online online only options, especially when the intentions are for a small child to ingest it regularly. Dr. Lucido says that what's in the CBD oils sold only online is even more obscure than vitamins (that aren't regulated by the FDA) because the ingredient list isn't often fully disclosed, nor the milligrams. According to Dr. Lucido, without accurate dosing and ingredient information, it's just not the safest thing to use. Do your research and go see a store, we at American Shaman are open 7 days a week and sell online for convenience. Come to the store for samples and in depth discussion.
6. CBD oil can be used to treat autism, ADHD, depression, and anxiety for kids.
Dr. Lucido cautions against giving children CBD oil without the recommendation from a doctor, but he says if it's legally purchased from a dispensary with a doctor's recommendation, CBD oil can be highly effective in treating seizures, autism, ADHD, depression, and anxiety in children.
7. You can serve it mixed into food.
Dr. Lucido says the best way to give the oil to your child is in a tincture placed right under the tongue or on the side of the cheek. If the child is fussy, he recommends mixing it into food. Because it's fat-soluble, Dr. Lucido advises that dropping a dose into a glass of water will be less effective, as the oil can stick to the side of the glass. The oil mixes better with milk, for example.
8. Shaming is preventing sick children from getting help.
There are so many children with medical diagnoses who suffer daily, rotating different treatment plans, medications, and even surgeries, like Hilt's daughter. Hilt insists that parents need to not be afraid to talk. She says, "Parents are afraid. There are benefits out there for epilepsy, autism, ADHD, and cancer pains. Parents are simply afraid to ask their doctor, and the best thing I ever could have done was ask my daughter's neurologist about it."
9. Parents are trying to figure this out on their own.
Check your judgement at the door. There are parents who are desperately looking for healthy answers for their children, and other parents who are just curious. The internet has been a source of experience-sharing for parents. From Facebook groups to Reddit threads, parents are trying to figure this out together. Here's a Reddit thread on the topic of finding relief for children with autism using CBD oil.
10. Conservative medical doctors acknowledge the benefits and need for studies.
Alexander Kolevzon, MD, Clinical Director of The Seaver Autism Center at Mount Sinai Hospital told us that he has a conservative stance and doesn't think CBD oil should be clinically recommended for kids with autism until studied in the context of rigorous clinical trials. He goes on to say, "There are several groups interested in studying CBD-related compounds in ASD (autism spectrum disorder). The pharma company, Zynerba, recently released positive top-line results in fragile X syndrome. The CBD pathway can regulate nerve-cell excitability, which can theoretically be a good thing, but it's the very early days and we need to be cautious about getting enthusiastic about the 'next thing' and not fall into the trap of many, many other medications that failed in ASD once studied systematically."
11. CBD treatment can be affordable
Often times you’ll find many articles stating, CBD oil isn’t cheap, and many of the states without access to hemp derived CBD products can cost families as much as $500/month. Most of our customers spend less than $100-$200/month for CBD treatment with our industrial hemp products. CBD American Shaman also has a program called Compassionate Care to alleviate the burden of monthly medical costs. Inquire with us today about this program and how to enroll.
What we've learned:
Kids with different diagnoses can genuinely benefit from CBD oil to relieve their negative symptoms. The problem is, there aren't enough solid long-term studies to know what kind of effect daily use will have later on in life in someone whose use started at a young age.
Meanwhile, buzz is floating around the internet that might lead other parents to start giving their kids daily doses of CBD oil before bed when there's still so much more to be found out about the long-term effects of the oil. It's also apparent that some of the CBD oil online contains obscure ingredient lists and doesn't always inform the consumer of accurate dosing measurements.
So, let's support the research and let's support the parents whose lives have changed for the better once they had safe, legal access to CBD oil for their kids. And if you're looking for education on CBD and Subburn relief, you can find that here.