Why Parents Are Turning to CBD Oil for Anxiety

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CBD is the latest health craze. You can find it almost anywhere. It’s a natural way to relieve anxiety, and everyone seems to be taking it. Parents take it, and they give it to their kids as well—but why are parents turning to CBD oil for anxiety, and is it truly safe to do so?

The short answer is simple. CBD oil is a natural product that is as effective as tranquilizers but without the side effects. Medical marijuana is approved for use to treat epilepsy in children, so dosing kids with this substance is nothing new. Still, anything involving drugs and children is a serious issue requiring intentional thought.

Is CBD Oil Safe to Give to My Kids?

CBD is just one compound in the cannabis plant. It may make your child a little sleepy, but it’s not going to get them high. The element that does that is THC, and legally CBD oil can’t contain more than trace amounts of THC. 

As long as you choose a reputable supplier who is manufacturing a pure product, you should be safe. Check out HMHB’s best-of guide to help you out in that regard.

Despite its legality and low THC content, this is still a very new industry. There simply hasn’t been time to monitor the effects of long-term usage on anyone—let alone children.

That said, the Food and Drug Administration has approved a marijuana-based pharmaceutical for use in treating epilepsy in children. They have indicated that they are cautiously optimistic about the future of this product.

What’s most appealing about CBD oil is that it has few side effects. It’s not going to get your kid high, so it’s a step up from pharmaceuticals like Valium. Studies have further shown that the body can process large doses of CBD, which means there's no risk of overdose.

On paper, at least, there is nothing in the oil that is harmful to you or your child. There may be other risks that you want to consider, though.

Risks Associated with Using CBD Oil

The primary risk has nothing to do with the oil itself but, instead, is the fault of manufacturers taking shortcuts. These include:

  • Issues with quality: Not all strains of marijuana and hemp produce the same levels of CBD. Inexperienced growers might grow the wrong strains, leading to the production of lower-quality oil.
  • Oils may be adulterated: The industry is not very well regulated. You could be getting pure CBD oil. There is a chance, though, that you’re getting a diluted oil. It may contain some CBD, but not enough to make a difference.
  • THC levels may be higher than advertised: Cannabis is a plant. Like any plant, the concentrations of compounds in it depend on the growing conditions. Not all labs test their products appropriately. This means that you could be getting a lot more THC than you want.
  • Contaminated products: If the plant grows in contaminated soil, it will also be contaminated. Solvent extraction is also something to look out for. Solvents will leave a residue, and that will also contaminate the product.
  • It can interact with different meds: If your child is only taking the CBD, there shouldn’t be a problem. If they’re on regular medication, speak to your doctor first about trying the oil in conjunction with them.

Final Notes

Research by the World Health Organization puts CBD oil in the generally safe category. The organization found that adverse effects were mostly related to the interaction of the drug and other medication being taken.

Should you give CBD to your child? If they have a problem with anxiety and it’s interfering with their life, it may be a good idea. The key is to find a product that has been responsibly manufactured and to use the lowest recommended dose.

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