While controversy around the selling and purchasing of CBD may slowly be subsiding, a negative connotation still seems to be sticking in some parts of the world, leaving people wondering, “Who should be taking CBD? Should I be taking CBD?”
To answer directly, anyone and everyone can take CBD. From children to teenagers to adults to seniors – even pets! – but it is important to explain why certain people of certain ages are incorporating the therapeutic compound into their day-to-day lives.
CBD, more formally regarded as cannabidiol, is the safe and highly beneficial cannabinoid found in the cannabis plant. Because it is non-psychoactive (meaning it will not get you high), it is gaining even more praise for its successful results due to its natural element status.
Advocates of the therapeutic cannabinoid are stating CBD is significantly easing their pain, anxiety, depression and stress, as well as boosting their focus and productivity, improving their immune systems and reducing inflammation, even lessening seizure, proliferating cancer cells, and aiding in the progress of Alzheimer’s patients.
Because CBD appears to be so multifunctional, it shouldn’t be a surprise that literally anyone and everyone, no matter their age, can take the health supplement to ease whatever symptoms they may be experiencing, without the unwanted side effects that so many other medications come with.
Here, we break down what kids and adults are taking CBD for and why.
What kid needs CBD?
Kids are taking CBD for more severe conditions like seizure and epilepsy, whereas adults are incorporating it into their wellness routines to keep anxiety and stress at bay, or use it for more targeted reasons like menstrual cramps or arthritis.
CBD oil can be used to treat autism, ADHD, depression, and anxiety in kids. Doctors caution against giving children CBD oil without the green light from their own pediatricians or doctors, but, if the product is legally purchased from a retailer or dispensary with the doctor’s consent, it can be highly effective in treating everything from seizures to autism to ADHD to depression and anxiety that children experience, giving them serious relief from their symptoms.
How much CBD to take is a whole other concept, and it’s one well-makers and researchers are still figuring out. However, because CBD is plant-based, meaning it is natural, and because it is non-psychoactive, meaning it will not affect a child’s brain the way THC, the psychoactive component of the cannabis plant that does get people high, does, it is impossible to “overdose” on CBD.
That being said, the CBD-to-THC ratio may differ based on what the child is taking CBD for. For example, if a 10-year-old girl is taking CBD to lessen her seizures and have a better quality of life, her CBD product may contain more trace amounts of THC. Whereas an 8-year-old boy taking CBD for his ADHD may be consuming a CBD product with little to no amounts of THC levels, but still feels the positive effects from the compound. Keep in mind that THC levels over 0.3% are only legal in areas where medical or recreational marijuana are, whereas those with less than 0.3% THC are legal everywhere.
So far, we have gathered success stories and scientific evidence of CBD working wonders on children who need it from as young as 3 years of age.
Taking CBD as an adult versus taking it as a child looks pretty different. As adults, we are busier, responsible for keeping multiple spinning plates (well, spinning), meaning our stress and anxiety levels are higher than that of children’s. Although, the reasons for kids taking CBD versus adults taking CBD can be similar.
Adults take CBD for varied reasons (in addition to or completely separate from relief from stress, anxiety, and depression). CBD is a powerful anti-inflammatory agent, so it aids in everything from digestion issues like leaky gut and Crohn’s Disease to other inflammatory conditions like eczema, arthritis, and menopause.
Whereas CBD is most often administered to children by way of CBD oil or CBD tincture, adults can take CBD in many forms, including oil, tincture, topical cream, capsules and vape pens.
While many adults view CBD as an excellent health supplement to be taken every morning for clarity and focus, or every night for calming effects to help with a better night’s sleep, they also take CBD for more specific reasons (just like children) like seizure, endometriosis, cancer, or other condition that CBD has proven beneficial as a treatment.
To gain a clearer understanding of how CBD works, check out this post which gives the lowdown on how CBD is distributed in the body by way of the crucial and essential Endocannabinoid System (ECS).
If you are considering giving CBD to your child, please consult your doctor before making any decisions on your own. While CBD has proven to be safe (and highly effective) for kids who have a need for it, it is still wise to check in with your MD as you are introducing a brand new supplement into your child’s body.
If you are wondering if CBD is right for you, be sure to research the brand or product you are looking to purchase to ensure the company complies with the safest manufacturing processes.
Kids with different diagnoses can genuinely benefit from CBD to relieve their negative symptoms. The persisting problem is twofold: More research and more clinical trials need to be conducted in order to know for sure what kind of effect daily CBD use will have later on in life for someone who started taking the cannabinoid at a young age. And the second thing — CBD is expensive, and is not easily accessible for everyone. Parents need to be able to afford it in a state where it is legal.