Everyday it seems that there is a new study or article published about CBD. People are turning to CBD for its array of health and wellness benefits and having great success, all while avoiding the dangerous side effects of many pharmaceuticals and over the counter medications. While adults feel comfortable experimenting with different dosages and applications that help their own ailments, many ask if it is safe to give children CBD when they may be suffering from acute or chronic issues. The short answer is, yes, CBD is safe for children. It’s important to learn as much about CBD and how it works with the body before making the decision to give it to a child.
How Does CBD Work?
It was discovered, less than 20 years ago, that every human body is born with an important function called the endocannabinoid system (EC). This is a unique communication system that affects many key actions throughout the human anatomy. The body produces a chemical that communicates with the EC system, called cannabinoids, and together they influence some of the body’s most important networks. The goal is to help the body to regain or maintain homeostasis – a stable internal environment. Children are exposed to cannabinoids regularly. Cannabinoids are abundant in human breast milk and are shown to aid in the development of the nursing baby. Because of these astounding findings regarding the EC system and the effectiveness that cannabis has in helping to alleviate many illnesses with little to no side effects, CBD is showing up more frequently in the typical pediatric health care professionals treatment plan.
How to Know if CBD is Right for Your Child?
It is important to know that there are two main components to the hemp plant. THC and CBD. THC is the psychoactive constituent that gets a person high after ingestion. CBD is non-psychoactive, therefore it is primarily the choice when treating a child. There are a multitude of testimonials from families that have successfully used CBD in the treatment of childhood epilepsy. Parents have gone to extreme measures to try and help their child with severe seizures occurring multiple times a day with little to no success from conventional medications. The legalization and accessibility of CBD to the general public over the last few years has empowered these families are able to administer CBD to their extremely sick children. The results are life changing.
Epilepsy is not the only disease that CBD has been shown to be beneficial and safe in the treatment of children. It is highly effective in the therapy of managing other common childhood conditions and it is now clear that CBD is safe to give to most children in most situations. Much safer than giving a child multiple medications at the same time, many to treat the side effects of another medication. CBD has virtually no side effects and is used successfully by many parents to help their child overcome whatever chronic or acute illness they may deal with. It is always important to talk to a trusted, CBD educated health care provider, if you feel apprehensive about starting CBD treatment with your child.
How Can CBD Help My Child?
Now that the studies validate that CBD has no harmful side effects for kids, how do you know when it is the right medicine for your child? Here are some of the most common conditions that have been successfully treated with the use of CBD in children:
- Sleep Issues
- Pain Relief
- Digestive Issues
The number of children medicated for any of the above issues, is alarming, and the side effects from the drugs prescribed can only cause further health issues in the future. CBD is a wonderful alternative to taking such drugs, and can help treat your child’s body as a whole, rather than masking the symptoms and potentially creating more health issues as they grow.
There is a lot of misinformation and a certain stigma that comes along with the use of CBD, especially with children. It is always important to do your research and to make sure that your sources are up to date and credible. In the end, it is up to the parents to decide what is best for their child. If you’re currently using NSAIDS or opiates or any other potentially dangerous drugs when used long term, to support your child’s health issues, consider CBD as an alternative. As always, make sure you consult a physician before stopping any prescriptions. It very well may be the best choice that you could make for the health and well being of your most treasured people.