30 May CBD Oil for Kids: Things You Should Know
The use of CBD oil for kids has grown in popularity over recent years. Here’s what you need to keep in mind if considering giving your child CBD oil.
As more is discovered about CBD and its natural benefits, more and more parents are exploring CBD oil supplements for their children.
Made from the stalks and seeds of hemp, CBD oil is an all-natural supplement that interacts with the body’s native systems to promote balance and wellness.
You may have heard about the potential balancing benefits of CBD oil for your kid, but are hesitant because of the supplement’s relationship to cannabis. There is a large amount of misinformation out there, so this guide is meant to help educate you on CBD oil for kids so that you can better decide whether the supplement is right for your child.
CBD is Not THC
Some parents may be hesitant to give CBD to their kids because of its relationship to tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive cannabinoid found in cannabis that causes euphoric effects. While CBD is a cannabis-derived cannabinoid like THC, the two are unique and each interacts with the body differently.
THC is the cannabinoid most commonly associated with marijuana. THC binds directly with the endocannabinoid system’s CB1 receptors in the brain, which is what elicits a euphoric high. THC and marijuana are federally illegal and only available in states that have passed medical marijuana legislation and permit access to children.
Unlike THC, CBD is completely non-psychoactive. Not only does CBD not bind directly with CB1 receptors, but it also indirectly blocks the receptors from binding with THC, suppressing the cannabinoid’s psychoactive properties. CBD also interacts with various other receptors throughout the body, like the 5-HT1A receptor, which is linked to serotonin.
When derived from hemp, CBD oil contains little to no levels of THC. In hemp, THC is present no more than 0.3 percent by dry weight, about 33 times less than the lowest potent marijuana and far below the psychoactive threshold. This means that, when consumed at suggested servings, CBD oil will not cause your child to experience a high. Hemp-derived CBD oil is also legal under federal law in the United States.
CBD Augments the Body’s Own Cannabinoids
Cannabinoids naturally occur in the body. The body’s own cannabinoids – Anandamide and 2-arachidonoylglycerol – are naturally synthesized to interact with the endocannabinoid system and its receptors to control communication between cells and mediate the body’s functions. Many children are also exposed to cannabinoids as infants through their mother’s breast milk.
When cannabinoid receptors are stimulated, a variety of physical functions occur in the body. The endocannabinoid system is responsible for keeping a wide array of functions – such as appetite, immune system response, thermoregulation, energy balance, metabolism, sleep health, mood, and memory – in balance.
A condition referred to as Clinical Endocannabinoid Deficiency suggests that a lack of cannabinoids in our systems can prevent the endocannabinoid system from properly keeping the body in balance. Many issues have been found to be associated with a lack of cannabinoids.
A properly functioning endocannabinoid system is crucial to maintaining health and wellness. By incorporating regular plant-derived cannabinoids like CBD into your kid’s diet, you’re supplementing their body’s own naturally-synthesized cannabinoids to help ensure that the endocannabinoid system can more effectively keep functions in homeostasis.
Studies Have Found CBD to Be Safe
As a responsible parent, you’re rightfully concerned about the safety of any product you give your child.
CBD is considered to be safe, non-addictive, and non-toxic for humans, even at high amounts. A recent study investigating the safety of CBD concluded that controlled CBD administration is safe and non-toxic in humans and in animals.
To further ensure the safety of our products, all of HempMeds® CBD oil supplements come from non-GMO hemp grown free of chemical fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides.
Additionally, all of our supplements are Triple Lab Tested™. Three separate times throughout manufacturing, our CBD oil is tested for cannabinoid content and to ensure that it’s free of mold, mildew, fungus, yeast, E. coli, salmonella, mycotoxins, heavy metals, and any other residual solvents so that you and your children are protected from contamination.
Most Popular CBD Products for Kids
While all of HempMeds® CBD supplements are safe for use by all age groups, including children, parents looking to give CBD to their children may find that some types of supplements are more easily administered than others.
Many parents opt for our flagship Real Scientific Hemp Oil™ (RSHO™) Pure CBD Oil products because they come in multiple labels and offer pure non-GMO hemp oil, unmodified and sourced straight from the hemp plant. Retaining the original plant’s chemical make-up, our Green Label RSHO™ is hemp oil in its most natural form. Blue label RSHO™ puts our hemp oil through a step called decarboxylation, which heats the oil to activate the CBD to increase its concentration. Finally, for a more refined golden oil, our Gold label RSHO™ undergoes a purification process that remove excess lipids and plant matter.
The taste of RSHO™ Pure CBD Oil is typically described as nutty, earthy, or grassy. For some kids, the oil’s bitterness may be difficult to hold in the mouth and swallow. Many parents have found success having their child swallow the CBD serving with a spoonful of yogurt or ice cream.
Parents who would prefer that their child avoid any and all THC may opt for our THC-free CBD oil supplements. Created with the same award-winning hemp oil, our RSHO™ CBD Isolate undergoes a purification process that produces 99 percent pure CBD crystals. Our RSHO-X™ Liquid combines isolated CBD with coconut oil for a pourable, easy-to-measure CBD liquid.
Offering more versatility, these THC-free supplements can be mixed with your child’s favorite foods and beverages. While RSHO™ CBD Isolate has no odor or taste, RSHO-X™ Liquid has a lightly sweet flavor that kids often enjoy.
Considerations Related to CBD Serving Sizes for Kids
Because children are smaller than full-sized adults, it is recommended that you start with small serving sizes and gradually increase as necessary.
The CBD serving size that works for someone else may not work for your child. Finding the right serving may take a little time, but you will get there.
Begin with a small serving size and, while monitoring to see how your child responds, work up in tiny increments every few days or week. This will help you dial in on the ideal CBD serving size for your child.
Learn More About CBD
For many families, hemp-derived CBD oil supplements are now a part of their daily wellness and health routine. You can learn even more about CBD oil and its natural benefits by visiting the HempMeds® blog. Our hemp-derived CBD supplements are available through our online store.