If you are like most people, then chances are that you’ve come across an online forum about cannabidiol (CBD) and its benefits. Today, the popularity of CBD as a remedy for conditions like anxiety, stress, chronic stress and side effects from cancer treatments is on the rise. Parents are coming out with reports about how the product has helped their ailing child combat conditions like autism and seizure disorders. That’s nothing short of amazing but is giving your child CBD oil to ingest wise? Well, why don’t we find out?
Before we begin, let’s put things into perspective first. Yes, CBD oil is derived from cannabis but it is important to note that it isn’t psychoactive. It does not contain any considerable amount of THC – that compound in marijuana that instigates that “high” feeling. It is also worthy of mention that CBD oil is in no way physically addictive.
Our human body consists of a system known as the endocannabinoid system. This system is responsible for maintaining homeostasis or maintaining internal stability. CBD has been found to interact with this system to boost its functions to considerable levels. Lots of research are on-going about what kind of disorders CBD can combat. What is known is that CBD can be used to tackle seizure disorders like epilepsy, says Jennifer Lowry, MD, Chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Environmental Health and Chief of Medical Toxicology at Children’s Mercy Kansas City. “The body of evidence that it’s effective for other disorders is much less,” she said.
Although people have come out with marveling revelations about how CBD helped them combat their ailing conditions, these experiences are purely anecdotal.
“Cannabis is still classified as a Schedule1 drug in the U.S., so it can’t be researched well,” Janice Bissex, a registered dietician who after witnessing how cannabis relieved her father of his pain became a Holistic Cannabis Practitioner.
True, people are and continue to witness tremendous results using CBD oil but the fact that it worked on candidate A successfully doesn’t necessarily mean it will work on candidate B just the same way.
Now, we are not disputing the fact that CBD could actually be helpful, but you might want to consult with someone more knowledgeable than yourself before administering the product to your child. Says Bissex.
“But there are many doctors who are not educated in the use of CBD for various conditions in kids so you may want to broaden your search,” she added.
CBD oil rarely causes any side effects. Even if it does, they are benign and one may only feel drowsy or experience dryness in his/her mouth. The good news is that it only lasts for a short period of time. The thing about CBD is that it is not government regulated so you shoulder the risks in purchasing it. Considering there is no safety data on CBD yet, it can be a tough call going in for the oil to administer to your child.
What we can suggest is that you only go in for CBD products that have been independently tested so you are certain they contain what they claim to contain and won’t spring any surprise on you or your child. Don’t forget that before administering the product on your child, you should do well to confer with a qualified health care provider.