Children and CBD
We often talk a lot about adults consuming CBD, but what about children? More and more research is emerging that states it is safe for children to consume CBD and that it can help them manage certain disorders. Before we go further, we want to state that we do not recommend children taking CBD without first consulting with their doctor.
In 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) stated that ‘CBD is generally well tolerated with a good safety profile’. While CBD is used to treat a number of disorders in children, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has only approved it to treat epilepsy.
Epidiolex is a medication made from purified CBD derived from Cannabis sativa. This drug is used in children who suffer from Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome – two rare forms of epilepsy. These types of epilepsy can trigger seizures that are hard to control and Epidiolex, which is approved by the FDA, can reduce the number of seizures a child has.
Just like adults, CBD can help alleviate symptoms of anxiety in a child. It can target anxiety disorders such as social anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). A study; ‘Effectiveness of Cannabidiol Oil for Pediatric Anxiety and Insomnia as Part of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: A Case Report’ published in the US National Library of Medicine found that CBD helped a 10-year old patient who was suffering from PTSD. Her levels of anxiety decreased and her insomnia improved.
A study; ‘Real Life Experience of Medical Cannabis Treatment in Autism: Analysis of Safety and Efficacy’ published in the US National Library of Medicine looked at 188 children on the autistic spectrum, aged 5 to 18 years old. The participants were all given CBD oil three times per day. After one month, it was noted that some of the symptoms of autism, including seizures, restlessness and rage attacks decreased in the majority of children. This improved even more over a six-month period.
As we know, there are a few ways that CBD can be consumed; oil, topical creams and gummies. It doesn’t come as a surprise that children tend to gravitate towards the CBD-infused gummies. If you have them in the house for your child, make sure you keep them in a safe place, out of reach from children. Technically, there is no such thing as ‘overdosing’ on CBD but for the health and safety of your child, they should only be consuming a particular amount per day.
Martinelli. K, (2021), Child Mind Institute, CBD: What Parents Need to Know. Accessed online: https://childmind.org/article/cbd-what-parents-need-to-know/
Healthline, (2020), CBD for children: Is it safe?. Accessed online: https://www.healthline.com/health-news/fda-says-to-not-use-cbd-thc-products-while-breastfeeding#More-research-is-needed