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CBD For Kids: Is it Worth Trying?

It would be nothing short of a miracle if you made it into the new year without having heard of CBD. While we know that adults across America, and the globe, have been using CBD for years, the subject of CBD for kids is becoming more and more popular. We will look at why nature’s wonder compound has found its way into the homes of many parents.

In this article, we will cover: What CBD oil is, the benefits for children, a range of CBD products, and a little science behind how CBD oil works and how it can help your family.

But First, What Is CBD?

CBD or cannabidiol oil is one of many cannabis-derived compounds found in both of the most well-known cannabis plants, marijuana, and hemp plants. It is the second most prevalent compound in the plant. Hemp-derived CBD products are most common globally as they are naturally THC-free.

CBD oils offer a wealth of health benefits for users; from chronic pain and anxiety to gut health benefits, there truly has no end to the excellent benefits of CBD.

CBD derived from the hemp plant is naturally THC-free and has NO psychoactive effects, making it perfect for kids since it won’t get them high. While marijuana plants are also used to produce CBD, hemp-derived CBD products are federally legal, thanks to the 2018 Farm Bill.

How Does it Work?

CBD works in harmony with the body’s natural endocannabinoid system. Just like we have a central nervous system, we have an endocannabinoid system that helps regulate pain management, memory, and appetite, as well as other immune responses and responses to inflammation.

Endocannabinoid System Receptors

Cannabidiol works by impacting the CB1 and CB2 receptors. These have a direct effect on overall health and general well-being.

A Note on Medical Advice

Before continuing our article, it is vital to remember that consulting with a medical professional before giving your children anything is essential. You will need to check that it is safe for your children and affect other medications they might be on.

Always consult with a primary care physician and discuss your options.

Can Kids Take CBD?

Yes, children are, after all, humans. CBD use in children has become more and more popular as many parents turn to natural alternatives and ways to bolster their children’s health.

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While the world of medical marijuana thrives, there is room for CBD oil too! While there is a growing body of evidence that medical cannabis is beneficial for many different illnesses and conditions.

Studies such as the Real Life Experience of Medical Cannabis Treatment in Autism are among the most noted studies; the study noted that 48.7% showed a significant improvement, and 31.1% reported moderate improvement.

That is astounding results in just one study. At the same time, other clinical trials and studies are being performed that shed additional light on the benefits of the compounds derived from the cannabis plant.

What are the Potential Benefits of CBD for Children?

CBD is perhaps one of the most impressive compounds used by the health and wellness industry and the beauty industry. The benefits felt by adults across the globe can be used to help children find relief too.

Now that we understand how it works and why it offers many different benefits, we can dive straight into the benefits for a child.

Children Cbd Products

While there are many unproven medical claims within the wellness industry, there are documented benefits of using CBD, and continuous studies on the compound further support its benefits.

The Benefits Of CBD Oil:

  • Pain relief -Perhaps one of the best-known uses for CBD in adults and young adults is its excellent pain-relieving properties. CBD oil is used topically and orally to produce significant pain relief for muscular aches and treat rheumatoid arthritis pain.
  • Anti-inflammatory properties This rich hemp extract is packed full of anti-inflammatory properties. The CBD helps reduce inflammatory responses and quickly targets swollen and tender areas.
  • Anxiety disorders Living with anxiety can be crippling if not correctly managed. CBD boosts your serotonin receptors and helps calm you down. CBD oil has been a long-standing favorite for many sufferers of anxiety disorders.
  • Sleep -The same relaxing effects that help soothe panic attacks are also excellent for helping you relax into a good night’s sleep. When getting the right amount of rest, your day is more likely to run smoother, as good quality sleep is key to staying revitalized and healthy.

Using CBD to Treat Medical Conditions in Children

Using CBD for children has many other benefits for several conditions children face daily. These medical conditions include:

  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • ADHD
  • Severe epilepsy
  • PTSD

Let’s take a deeper look into how CBD can improve symptoms and offer relief for these conditions.

CBD Oil for Kids with ADHD

ADHD or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is a common neurodevelopmental disorder commonly present in children. ADHD symptoms manifest differently for each child that is diagnosed with it. The condition can impact concentration levels cause forgetfulness, irritability, and disorganization.

Many parents who have turned to medication will know that it is not always easy. Medications often come with a range of side effects such as nervousness, dizziness, restlessness, and insomnia. CBD’s history in treating similar symptoms means it can offer relief in this instance, too, while offering feelings of calm and focus.

How CBD Helps:

It is well-known that medical marijuana use has a range of different impacts on the nervous system due to the THC content. It can exacerbate feelings of anxiety, leading to issues with focus and restlessness. While CBD comes from the same plant family, it is entirely different from marijuana;

CBD has ZERO THC and has no psychotropic effects. THC and CBD are actually completely different cannabinoids. Instead, it gives the body the ability to balance various systems.

Cbd Vs Thc

CBD has well-known effects of offering feelings of calm, relaxation, stress reduction, and tacking feelings of anxiety. As well known, ADHD drugs are often habit-forming and tolerances build-up. While typical medications used are often stimulants that increase activity in several neurotransmitters, especially those that produce dopamine, serotonin, and norepinephrine.

CBD helps bring balance to the system and stimulates serotonin receptors to help release dopamine.

CBD oil in low doses has been found to offer similar stimulant effects to ADHD medications, unlike the sedative effects that are present with higher doses. Another benefit of CBD is that it offers relief from insomnia, meaning your child has the chance to get a peaceful night’s rest at last.

Cbd Brain Diagram

While the compound will not cure your child of ADHD, it may make life a lot more comfortable while managing the side effects of medication and the condition.

CBD for Autism Spectrum Disorder

Autism (ASD) encompasses various conditions and diseases, with each case ranging in severity and complexity. There is no cure for ASD, and the severity can vary from manageable to severe. Some of the symptoms present in patients with ASD are:

  • Communication problems
  • Repetitive behaviors
  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Sleeplessness or insomnia
  • Depression
  • Concentration issues
  • Mood disorders
  • Mental Health issues
  • Aches and pains from repetitive behaviors and actions “Stimming.”

While there are many therapies that parents opt to enroll their children in, sometimes they opt to use additional support for their children’s symptoms. CBD is one of those other dietary supplements that many parents of autistic children opt for.

Cbd Softgel Capsules

In a study, of the disorder that looked at how CBD enriched medical cannabis treatment impacted children with ASD, it was noted that “In our research, we have shown that a CBD enriched treatment of ASD patients can potentially lead to an improvement of behavioral symptoms. “

The Benefits of CBD for Autism

As we have seen with ADHD, there are several benefits to using CBD to help manage symptoms such as sleeplessness, concentration issues, anxiety, stress, and pain management caused by repetitive behaviors.

Topical solutions enriched with CBD oils offer relief from aches and pains and stiff muscles that can present from “stemming” in severe forms of ASD.

Severe Epilepsy and CBD for Children

A growing body of evidence suggests that CBD oil and other products are great for epilepsy. There is a medical-grade CBD product that is often prescribed for epileptic treatment. The food and drug administration-approved drug is known as Epidiolex.

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The CBD interacts with GPR55 and TRPV1 receptors; the compound then reduces neuron excitability giving it its antiseizure properties. Regardless of the benefits, it is always essential to work with your doctor before giving your child CBD for epilepsy.

But IS CBD Safe for Kids?

As a parent, you might be faced with many questions daily. “Is CBD safe for my child?” might be one of those questions. CBD is a natural compound; it has zero THC and is used by millions of adults daily.

It seems safe for children as long as you speak to their doctor or primary healthcare provider and ensure that it won’t interfere with any other medications they might be taking. I use the word seems, because there are no long term studies on the effects of CBD use in children, so we cannot say for sure if it is 100% safe or not.

We can only go off of the few studies that do exist, and off of what parents give for feedback.

As children metabolize drugs slightly differently, it is essential to understand that they might need less CBD than an adult would, and in some cases, they might need a little more. It is vital to discuss this with your medical team beforehand.

Choosing the Right CBD Products for Children

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It can be a tough choice to make when delving into the world of CBD. Many different companies and brands have a CBD product that they claim is the best. As a parent making that choice requires a little bit of research.

As the Food and Drug Administration has not regulated CBD products, it is vital to do as much research as possible.

Look for products with clear labeling, honest reviews, and most importantly, third-party lab-tested products. You shouldn’t have to scour the internet for an ingredient list.

Third Party Lab Analysis Example

If the company doesn’t disclose the ingredients or offer and guarantee (in the form of lab certification), reach out and ask them about their operating procedures and whether they have the relevant documentation.

At New Phase Blends, you will note each of our products is labeled; you can access the third-party lab results for every product by simply scanning the QR code on the label.

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You won’t find unproven medical claims on our products because we believe in transparency.

The Basics of Choosing CBD

There are a few factors to consider when choosing the right CBD oil for your child. Let’s take a look at some guidelines for choosing CBD.

  • Taste The flavor of CBD is naturally earthy and can be overpowering for some children. Tinctures that are flavored or gummies might be the best option instead of plain or unflavored varieties. Capsules or softgels might be the better option for children sensitive to textures or ingredients.
  • Discretion CBD oil is not always discrete. Options such as capsules or CBD gummies are much easier to take and don’t need to be explained as they look like ordinary supplements or delicious gummy candy.
Different Gummy Flavors
  • Ease of use in children Swallowing an oil or a capsule might be hard for a small child if they are not used to it, which is why many parents opt for a gummy.
  • Dosage -If you need a premeasured dosage, look into the gummy or capsule varieties, as they come with exact dosages. However, a sublingual CBD oil would be best for days where you might need to tailor and change a dosage.

There are many other factors; however, these are the most common factors many parents face.

How Much CBD Oil Do Kids Need?

Before we look at the right kinds of CBD products for children, we need to consider how much CBD children need.

The Right Dosage

CBD dosage is slightly different for children vs. adults; other considerations need to be made. It is generally best to start with less when taking CBD oil.

Working your way up to a higher dosage is ideal as it allows you only to use as much as your child needs.

CBD oil dosages often work better in small amounts too! High doses are not always the best option as they can have adverse effects if the dosage is too high.

CBD Gummies for Kids

Perhaps the obvious choice for parents would be CBD gummies. They are easy to consume and have a perfectly measured dosage. As many children might not enjoy the taste or the texture of a sublingual CBD oil, they are almost guaranteed to enjoy eating delicious CBD-infused gummies.

Gummies are made with gelatine or pectin and contain a measured CBD in each dose. When choosing the right gummy for a child, parents need to know how to read ingredient lists and choose the right brand based on the ingredients.

Cbd Gummies For Kids

Natural flavoring and ingredients are essential, especially for children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, as chemical ingredients in foods could trigger hyperactivity.

The Benefits:

  • Flavored
  • Easy to digest
  • Discrete
  • Premeasured dose
  • Perfect for travel

CBD Tinctures for Children

One of the most well-known forms of CBD products is oil-based tinctures. These tinctures are made with CBD oil suspended in a carrier oil; typically, coconut or MCT oil is used. The CBD administered is placed in the mouth, preferably under the tongue, for maximum absorption.

Cbd Tincture Diagram

Many CBD tinctures are flavored to avoid most of the natural, earthy flavor of the oil that can be overpowering for some. This method of CBD oil use can produce results fast and effectively, making it a popular choice to manage anxiety. Effects are felt within 10 20 minutes.

The Benefits:

  • Fast and effective treatment
  • Tailored dosage
  • Flavored
  • Easy to take

CBD Capsules for Kids

There are several benefits to opting for softgel CBD capsules. These are relatively harder to get small and young children to consume. As capsules or softgels need to be swallowed, they might be a better option for older or adolescent children.

Vegan Cbd Capsules

The capsules are discrete and easy to take for most children. Once ingested, and depending on what has been eaten beforehand, the capsules take between 15 45 minutes to kick in.

The Benefits

  • No added ingredients
  • Correct dosage every time
  • No taste or smell
  • No texture
  • Discrete

The Takeaway On CBD For Children

Children stand to benefit from CBD oil. Whether they have anxiety, chronic pain, or live with a more severe condition daily, CBD oil offers a world of health benefits.

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If you would like to discuss your options further, feel free to get in touch to discuss how CBD could benefit you and your family.

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Bar-Lev Schleider, L., Mechoulam, R., Saban, N., Meiri, G. and Novack, V. (2019). Real life Experience of Medical Cannabis Treatment in Autism: Analysis of Safety and Efficacy. Scientific reports, [online] 9(1), p.200. Available at: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30655581/.

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About the Author

Dale Hewett Author

Dale Hewett

Dale is the owner and founder of New Phase Blends. He discovered his passion for CBD use after suffering from injuries sustained while on Active Duty in the US Army. His number one priority is introducing the same CBD products that he himself uses for relief to others who can benefit from them.

Dale holds a Master Degree of Science, and is the inventor of the popular, patent-pending CBD-based sleep aid known as ‘Sleep.’

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