Consumers report using CBD to relieve pain, reduce anxiety and stress, and more. While more research is needed to evaluate the short- and long-term effects of CBD on various health conditions and overall health and well-being, more consumers are turning to CBD when traditional remedies have failed or when they’re seeking a more natural alternative to prescription or over-the-counter medications. In response, a growing number of companies are offering a plethora of CBD products to make it easy to take CBD in a variety of forms, from CBD gummies to topical CBD creams and lotions, CBD coffee, and more.
Of course, adults are not the only ones who suffer from ailments like anxiety and pain. Children are increasingly diagnosed with conditions such as ADHD, anxiety, and insomnia, as well as seizure disorders and other conditions that some believe CBD can help to alleviate. When it comes to treating children, however, an abundance of caution is needed, both in traditional treatments and alternative treatment options. If you’re considering CBD oil for your children, this post is for you. We reached out to a panel of CBD experts and wellness practitioners and asked them to answer this question:
“What should parents know when it comes to CBD oil for kids?”
Meet Our Panel of CBD Experts:
|· Adriane Polyniak||· Danny Watkinson
· Eva Droz
|· Arkady Kats|
Read on to learn what our experts had to say about what you need to know when it comes to CBD oil for kids.
NOTE: The information and opinions expressed below represent the opinions of the individual contributors and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Incredible Edibles.
Adriane is the Executive Director of Kentucky Cannabis Company.
“CBD from quality sources is safe to give to kids of all ages…”
Fun fact: infants who are breastfed receive cannabinoids from their mothers. CBD, although derived from a cannabis variety, is non-intoxicating, which means it will not give you the “high” that is associated with high THC cannabis varieties, a.k.a., marijuana.
What parents need to know is that CBD is not regulated by the FDA, so finding a quality manufacturer is imperative. Parents need to question things like:
- What parts of the plant were used to make the product?
- What method was used to create it?
These questions will help determine the quality and safety of the product they are giving their child, which will play a huge part in its efficacy. Also, it’s important to know what ingredients have been added to the product. Things like sucralose, alcohol, and artificial flavorings are being added to CBD products regularly. While these ingredients can be found in many products today, it does not mean they are safe for kids – especially those who may need CBD for therapeutic purposes, such as epilepsy, ADD, ADHD, anxiety, etc., where it can actually have negative effects on the child’s health.
Aaron is a professional journalist who has tried a lot of CBD products himself and has spent a few years trying to find CBD oil that would help him with his sleep problems. Now he’s the chief editor at AllBestCBDoil.
“If you’re a parent who’s looking for CBD oil for kids, there are actually a few things worth keeping in mind…”
Getting the obvious out of the way, you’ll want that oil to be of high quality. What this means is that you need to look for a CBD oil provider that sells independently tested products and participates in organic farming processes. Also, take note where the hemp is grown – 9 times out of 10, you’ll want to look at brands that grow their hemp in the US.
Now, probably the most important thing to keep in mind when looking for CBD oil (and other products) for your kid is that it has to be an isolate. CBD isolates are made up of exactly that – cannabidiol – and do not contain any other cannabinoids. Many parents fear that if they purchase CBD oil for their kid, it will contain THC. While many oils on the market do, if you choose to go the isolate route, you won’t have to worry about this.
Kathrin Garner is a professional editor, content strategist, cannabis researcher, and activist. She works with themes connected to marijuana in general, CBD help for health, skin, and hair problems.
“There are a few things parents should know when it comes to CBD oil for kids…”
- At the right dosage, low THC oil can be safe for kids.
- Pot oil with little or no THC appears safe for kids who have illnesses that can be treated with THC oil. It may cause dry mouth. Weed with THC is not recommended for younger children, infants, or toddlers without symptoms.
- Anticholinergic effect. The reason weed makes your mouth dry is because it has anticholinergic side effects.
- Anti-inflammatory effect. CBD is well-known on the web for reducing inflammation.
- Anti-pain effects. CBD engages the body’s endocannabinoid system, which is known to be a factor in pain management.
Dr.Rashmi Byakodi is an Editor of BestofNutrition.
“CBD, or cannabidiol, is extracted from either hemp or marijuana…”
THC or tetrahydrocannabinol gives it an intoxicating property. When the amount of THC is compared, it is less in marijuana extract than in hemp. To avoid giving this THC to your children, go for isolated CBD rather than full-spectrum CBD, be it hemp-derived or marijuana-derived.
Though marijuana has been used for many years, CBD oil is relatively new. There is not much research done on its use on children, and no longitudinal effects noted. It may also cause side effects like restlessness and sleep issues and may interact with other medications.
CBD oil is shown to be effective in the treatment of seizures in children with certain rare types of epilepsy. But it is not approved by the FDA for any health condition. It is believed to show promising effects on children with autism. Many parents have reported it being beneficial for their children.
CBD oil is unregulated, and you cannot be sure about the product you are buying. Look for these things to buy a reliable product:
- Check for the recommended dose and amount of CBD it contains.
- Check if the oil production has undergone third-party testing and other needed precautions.
- Check if the plant is grown organically without any toxic chemicals.
Sam Williamson is the owner of CBDiablo, a CBD company based in the UK.
“What parents should know about CBD oil for kids is that it can be taken with something, which tastes good…”
There are some people who think that the best way to consume CBD products is to consume it either as an oil or a paste, without anything to mask the taste. The issue here is that kids are often averse to consuming anything that doesn’t taste pleasant. However, it’s perfectly fine to take CBD products along with a product which tastes good. My preferred combination is full-spectrum CBD paste (which has a very earthy taste) taken along with mankua honey.
Jamie Bacharach is a Licensed Medical Acupuncturist and the Head of Practice at Acupuncture Jerusalem in Israel.
“Parents need to understand that when it comes to CBD oil for kids, finding the right oil and the right doctor to prescribe it is critical…”
The evolving nature of the current CBD oil market has led to a plethora of products and practitioners pushing CBD oil that is less than reliable. Unsafe additives, fillers, and other dangerous ingredients can be found in allegedly safe products, and many practitioners with a less than thorough understanding of CBD oil are prescribing unsafe doses to children. Find a reputable doctor using reputable and safe CBD oil if you are considering CBD oil for your child.
Shadee Ardalan is an Associate Content Strategist at Remedy Review. She is responsible for managing the creation and publication of natural health supplement review content for the website. As an avid health enthusiast, Shadee joined Remedy Review to help people learn more about natural health products, and which ones may work the best for them.
“Keep these six points in mind when considering if CBD is safe for your children…”
- THC and CBD are not the same, especially in children.
- When it comes to whether CBD is safe for kids, research has focused mostly on disorders like epilepsy – less is known about other illnesses.
- Not many CBD studies involve children, but those that do look promising.
- Researchers have reported few serious side effects in children.
- CBD can be pricey.
- You need to speak to a professional about dosing.
CBD is a promising remedy for many conditions ailing adults and children alike – when used appropriately. Select pure, quality CBD products from a reputable dispensary and always consult a doctor for dosing recommendations.
This excerpt is taken from 6 Things Medical Experts Want You to Know About CBD and Kids via Remedy Review.
Peter Stadniuk and Paul Clotar created Seabedee after seeing the powerful benefits of CBD firsthand and the incredible impact it had on quality of life. Pete and Paul made it their mission to use CBD to help as many others as possible.
“The biggest fact we stress to parents looking to use CBD oil with their children is go with a CBD manufacturer that you can trust…”
This is such a new industry that already boasts hundreds of brands claiming to have the best spectrum or best results. The most important thing when evaluating a CBD brand is that they are transparent with the consumer. Parents should consider the following:
- Source of Production: Does the CBD retailer provide lab-tested results direct to consumer that show where the product is produced? A known fact with any kind of organic is that you need information on how it was produced. The nature of the soil and water, not to mention the elements it is exposed to, can make a difference to what the plant’s end product is. Since CBD oil is extracted from hemp, knowing the conditions in which your hemp is grown can determine if it is good quality. As consumers, parents are constantly looking for organic labeled products for their kids, why should CBD be any different?
- Doses and Concentrations: Is the suggested dosage readily labeled, and does the company provide test results that show the certification of the concentration? CBD oil products come with a variety of concentrations, all of which should be easily available on the packaging and certification of the product. It is recommended that you start from low-concentration, lighter dosage to understand your body’s reaction to the product before opting for a highly concentrated product. Parents should especially keep dosage in mind and always start lower-concentration, lighter dosage when using with their children.
- Note if the Product is Full-Spectrum or Isolate: CBD oil is available in two forms – full spectrum and isolate. If you are searching for one specific ingredient for a very narrow concern – such as an anxiety blend, something common for treating children – then you can opt for an isolate. Full spectrum, on the other hand, offers a range of active ingredients that can have a variety of positive health benefits. In general, full spectrum is considered more beneficial with higher returns.
Danny is on the marketing team at Simply Canna, an online CBD superstore selling products including oils and capsules from some of the best brands in the industry.
“A few of the most important things I feel that parents should know about CBD oil for kids are…”
CBD Oil Can Hugely Improve Lives – While no promises can be made about CBD oil usage, there are many stories of people who have used CBD oil on themselves or their children to significantly improve their quality of life.
It’s Not a Miracle Cure – While many people have used CBD oil to great benefit, the medical community still has mixed opinions. There are cases where CBD oil has correlated with improvements in a range of conditions; however, this is not guaranteed, and it should not be used instead of prescribed medicines.
Your Child Won’t Get High – Despite the stigma and misinformation around cannabis-related products, CBD oil is not about getting high. CBD oil is regulated to only have a certain amount of THC – the element which causes the high – within it (this limit varies depending on the country you are in). Completely THC-free CBD oil is also available.
Dr. Stuart Titus, Ph.D. is the CEO of HempMeds and Medical Marijuana Inc. He is a cannabis industry icon and innovator who is widely regarded for his expertise in groundbreaking cannabinoid research, breaking open new markets overseas and new applications for the therapeutic and industrial use of cannabis.
“We have seen evidence that hemp-derived CBD is both safe and useful for children, which is…”
Encouraging news considering that there are countless parents seeking natural alternative options that are free of harmful side effects. In recent years, parents have been true cannabis pioneers in search of solutions to assist their children. We fully believe that supporting the body’s native endocannabinoid system with botanical CBD can help encourage regulatory functions in people of all ages. Of course, parents should always consult their children’s doctor and make an educated decision about CBD.
Jason is the CEO at Veganliftz.
“CBD has been embraced by many…”
Some parents use it on their kids for different reasons, ranging from anxiety to reducing hyperactivity and anything in between. However, CBD is also known to interact with other substances (mostly medicine) in the body when taken. Therefore, parents should avoid administering CBD to their kids when they are giving them medication at the same time. In turn, if there is a need, parents should seek advice from physicians and other experts on the same.
Eva Droz is a mother of four children and the Vice President of Retail Operations at Nothing But Hemp. Nothing But Hemp is a hemp retailer that began as a kiosk inside a mall in Minnesota and quickly grew to 11 stores across the country. Nothing But Hemp prioritizes the health and wellness of its customers. Each member of the staff is educated on the endocannabinoid system and works to deliver exceptional customer service.
“Parents often come into our stores looking for an alternative to prescribed medications for their children…”
CBD has been shown to be effective for children with seizures. The FDA has approved a drug called Epidiolex for children age two and older. The active ingredient in that drug is CBD.
I give CBD to my own children. Safety is paramount. I only use products that are third-party lab tested, consistently labeled, and have lab reports. Read the label and make sure you are using a consciously sourced product that does not have any harmful ingredients.
Observe your children. I have spoken to a number of parents who told me they started by giving their children small doses of CBD, and they made adjustments based on their observations. Boy moms tell me it helps their sons with their focus and behavior issues. Because CBD helps the body reach homeostasis, girl moms often say CBD is beneficial for young ladies who have difficult menstrual cycles – helping to ease pain, improve digestion, and stabilize moods.
CBD is metabolized through the liver. I tell all of my customers at Nothing But Hemp to check with their doctors to make sure they aren’t taking any medications that may interact negatively with CBD. This is even more important when dealing with our children. So, please check with a doctor before giving your child CBD.
Audrey is a Functional and Integrative Nurse, Nutritionist, and Energy Medicine Practitioner helping people shift from band-aid fixes to root-cause resolutions that stick.
“It is important for parents to understand that CBD…”
While useful and healing for many issues that kids (and adults) face, is not the lock and key to fixing things. You can’t outsmart nutrition or toxic load with CBD alone. A multi-pronged approach with CBD included is best for healing rather than simply masking symptoms.
Kat Merryfield, the founder of Kat’s Naturals, a nationally bestselling CBD line, is an advocate for CBD users of all backgrounds, not to mention ages. She has spoken extensively on children’s use of CBD and how it can be an alternative to harsher medicines.
“We have had quite a few parents turn to CBD to help with…”
Their children’s behavioral problems for anything from being hyperactive, to overly stressed, depressed, and even for children on the autism spectrum. Results are showing much promise for helping these kinds of conditions without the side effects seen using pharmaceuticals for the same issues. Children often don’t need as high of a dose as adults and benefit from both isolated CBD as well as using whole plant extracts.
Linda Morgan is a health & wellness consultant.
“If your child has a particular disorder that has been known to be…”
Treated using CBD, you should use it if other medical remedies have not been effective. However, there has not been enough research done on the long-term health effects of CBD, especially on developing individuals. I would not advise giving it to your child as a daily supplement until there has been sufficient data on the effects CBD has on developing individuals. If your child is suffering from seizures or the wide array of other potential disorders that may be helped by using CBD, and no other treatment method has been effective, the use of CBD should be considered.
Arkady Kats is a freelance writer, internet marketer, personal trainer, and marijuana enthusiast who has been researching cannabis for the past 15 years. He is also the editor-in-chief and founder of CannabisSensei.com.
“The CBD hype train is going at full speed right now, and there’s nobody that can stop it at this point…”
Nowadays you can find CBD oils, tinctures, lotions, and even gummy bears all over the place, from corner stores to pharmacies. We do know that this cannabis component has a ton of benefits, but can kids also benefit from it?
The short answer is yes, it CAN be beneficial. However, parents have to do a lot of research and broaden their search, because many doctors aren’t fully educated in the use of CBD oil for various conditions in kids.
What is it exactly? Well CBD, short for cannabidiol, is a substance that’s extracted from hemp and/or cannabis. It’s available in many forms commercially, and it’s become a pretty popular treatment for multiple conditions, some that can occur in children. The main difference between hemp and cannabis plants is the amount of resin each produces, and while most CBD is found within plant resin, THC is also found there. THC is the component that gives marijuana its intoxicating effects.
CBD that’s derived from cannabis plants may or may not have any THC in it, and the same goes for hemp plants. This is where the problem occurs. You DO NOT want to be giving your children ANY THC whatsoever. That is why you should always opt for isolate CBD instead of full spectrum CBD, whether it comes from hemp or cannabis plants.
BUT (isn’t there always a but?) other than Epidiolex (a prescription medication), there’s no way to be absolutely sure that a CBD product is THC-free. Epiodiolex is an FDA-approved medication made from CBD to treat difficult-to-control seizures in kids with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome, two forms of epilepsy.
This medication was carefully manufactured and administered; there’s no proven, scientific evidence to show that store-bought CBD oil will have the same effect on seizures. And although there have been many studies, everything is still very new, so there’s no conclusive, scientific evidence that CBD helps kids with symptoms of autism, anxiety, or ADHD, which is what some parents are saying.
If you strongly believe that CBD oil can help your child, then you shouldn’t disregard it, but you also shouldn’t make a decision based off of random information found on the internet. Talk to your kid’s pediatrician, talk to other doctors, but always, ALWAYS, get advice from a professional.
John White founded CNBS with the mission to provide high-quality, reliable information on cannabis. With so many low-quality cannabis-related websites, John is dedicated to developing the best and most definitive cannabis resource available online.
“CBD oil – or cannabidiol– can offer a wide-ranging amount of health benefits for adults and children…”
Extracted from hemp or marijuana, CBD oil has been shown to effectively treat many conditions, from rheumatoid arthritis to mental health issues. For children, in particular, CBD oil is a game-changer. It can dramatically improve the quality of life of a child living with two debilitating illnesses: Dravet Syndrome and Lennox-GastautSyndrome.
The positive effects of CBD oil on these rare and severe forms of epilepsy are now well-known, following the story of Charlotte Figi, whose devastating seizures as part of Dravet Syndrome were controlled using a high strain of CBD called Epidiolex. Available by prescription from a doctor, this FDA-approved form of CBD oil – which does not contain THC – treats these two life-threatening forms of epilepsy that tend to start in childhood, without providing a “high.”
While research has been undertaken into the effects of CBD oil on several children’s illnesses, it is important to note that it isn’t FDA-approved for any other health condition in children. Some parents use commercially manufactured CBD oils to treat behavioral conditions in children, such as ADHD or anxiety; however, all possible risks should be discussed with a pediatrician before giving CBD oil to a child.
Samantha holds an MBA from Texas Tech University and a certificate in entrepreneurship and leadership. She has over 8 years’ experience in management and strategy consulting working for a Big 4 consulting firm, and successfully established her own agency, Sanit Consulting. The Apothecary, a family-owned business, began with a search for a CBD retailer in the Houston, TX area after Samantha’s father Steven was treated for cancer and the two sought a non-prescription option to help manage the side effects of his chemo treatment.
“In 2018, the FDA approved the use of Epidiolex, a Cannabidoil (CBD) a prescription drug, to help curb a form of epilepsy…”
The research found that the drug reduced seizures by nearly half in children with Dravet syndrome. Though research is still in its early phases, studies have also shown CBD to be effective in alleviating less serious conditions for children, including anxiety, autism, insomnia, and ADHD, as well as being a natural wellness supplement. The research suggests that CBD makes serotonin more available for the body as well as boosts our natural endocannabinoid system, which helps stabilize mood and reduces anxiety. There are a variety of modalities, milligrams, and vehicles in which to consume CBD. Every child is different, and therefore we encourage everyone to speak with their pediatrician or other health care provider prior to giving CBD to their child.
Cameron Pullano is a representative of the online CBD marketplace Greeny.com, which has products available as well as informational articles and blogs.
“When beginning to consider whether CBD is right for your child, it’s important to first learn the three different forms CBD is available in…”
CBD products labeled as broad or full-spectrum contain some or all of the other compounds found in the cannabis or hemp plant they were extracted from. CBD labeled as isolate is purest extraction of CBD, containing the least amount of other cannabis compounds. This makes isolate the most appropriate form for children.
The method of ingestion is also crucial when considering CBD for your child. Delivery methods like vaping and combusting are obviously inappropriate, but even the simpler methods have to be weighed. Edible forms are easily dosed when clearly labeled and last for longer periods of time but may also take longer to take effect. Tinctures and oils are good choices for children, because they only require a small amount placed under the tongue and take effect nearly immediately. CBD oil in a topical cream or lotion can also be helpful, as it allows for specific application to problem areas.
Anecdotally, parents have found a variety of uses for CBD to help their children. Seizures are the first to come to mind, as the FDA has even approved medication derived from CBD for specific seizure causing conditions. Parents also find that CBD can ease some difficult behaviors in children with autism spectrum disorders, as well as create relief from anxiety in children with and without autism spectrum disorders. Children with chronic pain symptoms may also find help with CBD. Of course, before starting any new treatment, we recommend that parents discuss it with their pediatrician.
Zachary Parker is a dad, husband, and a student of CBD and its health benefits. He is part owner of CoreExtractions.com, an organic line of CBD products, and writes all the content for the site. He’s an advocate for the health benefits of cannabis and the deregulation of the cannabis industry.
“I’ve done a lot of research on the health benefits of CBD to write content for our blog on our CBD website…”
A few important tips for parents when it comes to CBD oil for kids include:
- Buy zero-THC CBD – CBD products that contain THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, are not for children. Make sure you buy zero-THC CBD products.
- Learn to read the COA – If a product claims to be zero-THC, the company should be able to furnish a COA (Certificate of Authenticity). It will be an independent 3rd-party lab result sheet that lists out all the naturally occurring cannabinoids in the product and the percentage of each. Look for delta-9 THC, d9-THC, and/or ∆9-THC, and ensure that it has 0% or ND in both the weight column and concentration column.
- CBD can be effective at treating ADHD – CBD has proven to be effective at reducing anxiety, which many experts believe to be a leading cause of ADHD. Also, users who take CBD report an increased focus and productivity while on CBD. Don’t throw out the Adderall right away; test it out with the child before replacing any other drugs they are taking.
- Beware the weight to mg ratio – If you want to test the efficacy of CBD for your child, start with a small dose and work your way up. It’s recommended to dose 1mg for every 10 lbs. of body weight as a low dosage to start, so for a 50-pound child, that would mean 5mg.
These four tips, numbers 1,2, and 3 especially, are critical to ensure your child’s safety.
Stacie May is a holistic lifestyle coach.
“CBD has been seen to help many children suffering from seizures and other disorders that are lacking treatment methods…”
With that said, parents should hold off on giving CBD as a daily supplement to an otherwise healthy child until there is sufficient research done to ensure CBD has no negative effects on development. CBD has had some promising effects on adults with a variety of benefits, but having health benefits for adults doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s healthy for developing minds and bodies.
When it comes to the health and welfare of your child, always err on the side of caution and avoid unnecessary risks. It is well-documented that marijuana use is not healthy for developing minds, which can be attributed to THC or CBD; there have not been enough studies on that to say for sure. The benefits of CBD don’t outweigh the potential risks they could have on developing individuals. I would advise waiting until there is sufficient research to ensure giving CBD to your child is safe.
Paulina Nowak is a practicing Dietician and a Nutrition Content Director at Authority Dental.
“CBD oil can be very helpful in cases of children with epileptic seizures, autism, ADHD, depression, and anxiety…”
Many parents state that the use of this medicine helped them and their whole families to deal with many problems. You should always check the ratio of CBD and THC in the product.
The best way to give a child CBD oil is to use a droplet applicator, placing it just under the tongue. If there is a problem with that, you can always mix it with food. CBD oil can be dissolved in fat. For example, try mixing it with hot milk.
Drake Duenwald works in Online Marketing at Asa Botanicals.
“I know multiple parents who give CBD to their kids to help different ailments, ranging from ADHD to social anxiety…”
The three main things that parents need to keep in mind are as follows:
- The kid’s weight matters a lot. Just like normal medication that you get from a doctor, the patient’s weight is calculated in the dosage. Start off small to see if that helps the targeted ailment, then increase as needed.
- Overdosing on CBD just causes drowsiness. Parent’s shouldn’t worry if they gave their son/daughter too much CBD for their weight. The kid will just feel tired or sleep it off. No short- or long-term damage is done.
- Connotation can matter. Depending on where you live, your neighbor or family member might look down on giving cannabis (even though it’s non-psychoactive) to a child. We would highly recommend trying out capsules and tearing off the label, so the child nor anyone else will know. It’s up to the parent, at the end of the day, to decide if it’s good for their child.