In the past, you may have seen how CBD oils are used with adults and maybe even pets. But what about children? Well, CBD oils contain no THC, so there’s no concerns over a ‘high’ or the side effects that come with it. Therefore, the WHO (World Health Organization) has widely given parents the freedom to use oils of this kind with children. In a pressured report after the huge increase in the number of people using the oils, they said the following:
‘CBD is generally well tolerated with a good safety profile’
Today, there are some specific ailments with which CBD oils have been linked.
Firstly, this is the only health problem that has actually led to an FDA-approved CBD treatment. Across the US, a small percentage of children have the rare forms of epilepsy, Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome. Notoriously difficult to treat and control, the FDA approved a CBD-based product as a potential solution.
Compared to a placebo control group, the medication was shown to reduce the number of seizures experienced over a given amount of time. Although not strictly an oil, it’s important to show that global organizations are now taking CBD products seriously with regards to health problems within children.
With CBD oils in particular, some parents believe in the product for anxiety. The scientific research is lacking in this area, but there was one study that showed improvements in insomnia and anxiety for a ten-year-old girl exposed to CBD oils. We know that many adults use CBD oils for the same purpose, and it has led to thoughts that this could be the answer for those who suffer with:
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) \
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Social Anxiety Disorder
Again, there’s no definitive research in this area, but there are studies suggesting the potential benefits of CBD oils for autistic children. Of course, this isn’t an attempt to resolve autism but instead to cope with the symptoms this health condition creates.
In one particular study, nearly 200 children were treated with CBD oils. Aged between five and 18, they placed a small amount of the oil underneath the tongue three times each day and the results were largely positive. For most children, just one month brought improvements in:
- Rage attacks
After the study officially ended, the improvements continued and even grew in the months after too. There were some side effects – namely a lack of appetite and sleepiness – but the children continued to take sedatives, antipsychotics, and other medications through the study.
Short for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, there isn’t too much scientific research to support the use of CBD oils in children with this condition. This being said, there are plenty of parents who swear by these products. When used correctly, these parents say that the symptoms of the condition reduce significantly. In the time ahead, we’re sure there will be official studies looking into this relationship.
If you’re planning on trying CBD oils with a child, perhaps they have one of the health problems mentioned in this guide, we have some general advice:
- Start with lower potencies compared to those used for adults
- The most common way to administer CBD oil is a couple of drops underneath the tongue (they need to hold it in place for up to a minute before swallowing)
- Try CBD gummies if your child doesn’t like the taste of oil
- Consider their weight and know that most parents start with 0.5mg per pound (twice or three times each day)