CBD and Children

As a parent, the health and wellness of your child is always the highest priority. Whether you are caring for your child that is struggling with specific behavioral or health issues, or if you are just wanting to make sure your child is staying healthy, happy, and balanced, choosing a medicine that will not result in negative side effects is no easy feat. Nowadays, so many parents are searching for natural alternatives for keeping their little ones in tip-top shape.

Did you know that CBD oil has been found to ease emotional stress and anxiety, relieve pain, reduce inflammation in the body, and, according to studies, can even be an alternative to seizure medication?

Is CBD Safe?

Parents all over the world have been exploring and experiencing the amazing benefits of CBD, but the question that always remains is: “Is CBD a safe option for my child?”

Before we get into answering this complex question, we cannot stress enough how important it is, even if a natural product has been deemed “safe”, to always consult with a physician or child’s primary care doctor before considering or trying any natural alternative medicines, including CBD oil.

So, is CBD oil safe for your child? The simple answer is, yes, Just like it is safe for adults, CBD oil is also safe for children. However, we need to conduct so many more research and clinical studies to further prove the safety and effectiveness of CBD on children. Because of the lack of current studies, it is difficult to provide specific dosage and usage instructions.

Let’s dive a little deeper into why CBD could be considered safe for your child.

CBD & Your Child

Children have an endocannabinoid system, just like adults. When the endocannabinoid system is out of balance or deficient, homeostasis in the body will become unbalanced, which can lead to an imbalance in the different body systems. When the body experiences an endocannabinoid deficiency, it becomes difficult for your body to regulate properly. This can result in the potential development of illnesses and health conditions.

You can use CBD to supplement your body’s natural endocannabinoid system, ultimately providing your body with enough cannabinoids to help it to achieve homeostasis. Once your body is balanced, it will be able to function more properly.

Did you know? Human breast milk contains high amounts of endocannabinoids that are known to help with infant development.

Why Use CBD

There are many accounts of moms and parents using CBD oil with their children and experiencing incredible results. Some of the most common reasons parents have given CBD to their kids include helping children who struggle with attention disorders like ADHD, behavioral spectrum disorders like autism, and even serious seizure disorders like epilepsy and Dravet syndrome.

Because CBD is non-psychoactive, non-intoxicating, and has little to no negative side effects, it can be a perfect alternative to some medications that can cause drowsiness, dizziness, nausea, and intoxicating side effects.

There are even some studies that suggest that CBD can reduce anxiety, stress, and anger in children who are on the autism spectrum.

Other studies have shown how CBD can potentially reduce seizures. Pharmaceutical seizure medication for children can result in horrible side effects. Because of this, the FDA has approved a CBD product called Epidiolex, which can be used to treat epilepsy, Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, and Dravet syndrome.

If you are looking to try CBD oil with your children, here are some tips to follow before trying it out:

  • Consult with your child’s doctor to make sure it is the right route to pursue for your family and child.
  • Do your research on the CBD company you are buying from.
    • A trusted and transparent source is key.
    • Make sure that the company conducts third-party quality testing, and that the oil is free of pesticides, adulterants,  heavy metals, and molds.
  • Look for CBD that contains little to no THC and is, of course, below the .3% legal limit of THC.

Now that we know CBD oil can be safe and beneficial for your family and children, always remember that there is still a need for more clinical studies to prove its safety and effectiveness.

The statements contained herein have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Neither Essential Health nor its products are intended for the purpose of diagnosing, treating, curing or preventing any disease. If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition, consult your physician before using these products.

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