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Is CBD Safe For Kids?



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In spite of the fact that they come from the same species, hemp and marijuana are grown for different purposes. Hemp or industrial hemp is one of the oldest plants known to man; we have been using this tall thin plant for close to 8,000 years to produce oil, paper, textiles, food and most importantly CBD extracts. Cannabis plants contain 60+ naturally occurring, active compounds which we refer to as cannabinoids. Cannabidiol or CBD is one of the compounds.

The most well-known cannabinoid is tetrahydrocannabinol or THC and is associated with marijuana’s psychoactive properties. Unlike THC, CBD does not trigger a “high” effect and can offer relief and benefits without disconcerting feelings of dysphoria or lethargy. You can extract CBD from industrial hemp or marijuana. For legal reasons, many CBD products in the US are extracted from industrial hemp, why?

Hemp plants are cannabis plants with .3% THC or less. Meaning, you, your child or pet won’t get high if consumed.

Is CBD Safe For Kids?

Although the number of human studies is limited, evidence from well-controlled human experimental research indicates that CBD is not associated with abuse potential. CBD alone produces no significant psychoactive, cardiovascular or other negative effects, studies on the safety of cannabinoids for children, is still lacking.

Based on available data, we know that CBD is safe for kids and pets.

More research is needed, so talk to your doctor before you start giving your child cannabis products.

Multiple studies suggest that CBD has minimal side effects and is overall safe for human consumption. Back in 1980, 8 healthy volunteers and 15 patients with epilepsy were tested. The study’s aim was to look into the side effects of CBD, they concluded:

“All patients and volunteers tolerated CBD very well and no signs of toxicity or serious side effects were detected on examination.”

In 2006 an Argentinean study found that there are cannabinoid receptors in human salivary glands, which is most likely the reason cannabis users experience “cotton mouth”. What happens when CBD interacts with your endocannabinoid system is. It inhibits saliva secretion, thus you are left with dry mouth sensation.

In 2011 researchers found that CBD can inhibit the metabolizing properties of P450 an enzyme found in the liver which metabolizes different kinds of medications in the human body. This temporarily neutralizes the effects of other medicinal products in the body. This side effect is also responsible for why CBD counteracts THC.

Does CBD Affect Everyone The Same?

CBD and THC affect men and women in different ways, according to Washington state university. Women are impacted more by THC a day or two before ovulation, because of the peak in estrogen levels. That means that women are more sensitive to cannabis.

When consuming cannabis products, you increase endocannabinoid levels. Endocannabinoids control things like stress, diet, and your overall lifestyle influence. It’s worth noting that no two individuals have the exact same biochemistry make up. If you have healthy endocannabinoid levels, you may not feel the effects of CBD, on the hand, if you have deprived levels, cannabis consumption will most likely produce a favorable experience.

 Can You Build Up a Tolerance For CBD?

We all know that chronic users can build up a tolerance to THC. A study released in 2011 claims that one may not build a tolerance for CBD.  More research is needed but I think it’s safe to say that, you can’t build a tolerance for CBD.

Can You OD on CBD?

According to the Department of Health and Human Services:

No signs of toxicity or serious side effects have been observed following chronic administration of cannabidiol to healthy volunteers (Cunha et al., Pharmacology 21:127- 185, 1980), even in large acute doses of 700 mg/day (Consroe et al., Pharmacol, Biochem, Behav. 40:701-708, 1991).”

Cannabis is responsible for zero deaths worldwide each year; the thing is, to OD on marijuana. You’d have to smoke a year’s worth of weed in 15 minutes which in my opinion is impossible.

How to Choose CBD Product For Your Child

Not all CBD products are safe to use, the things you should consider when buying CBD products for yourself or your child are:

  • Source: make sure that the product is pesticide, herbicide and generally free of harsh chemicals. Read the label or grow your own supply to be safe.
  • Extraction methods: check the solvent the company uses to extract CBD, the safest extraction methods are CO2, dry ice and olive/coconut extraction methods.
  • THC Content: you don’t want your child to get high, so pick hemp-based products or products that has very low THC levels.

Studies indicate that CBD oil may be effective on children suffering from:

  • Seizures
  • Anxiety
  • Autism
  • Epilepsy
  • Insomnia

To avoid complications or possible trouble with the law, you should talk to a physician and check your state laws or province laws if you are in Canada.

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