More and more states in the U.S. are legalizing marijuana, while in Europe, Luxembourg decided to take a step towards legalization of the recreational use of cannabis. But along with the public’s increased interest in THC and its effects, people are also interested in CBD. Does it have the mind-altering effects like THC or not? With all the health benefits we hear about it; is it safe for our children?
What is CBD?
CBD or Cannabidiol is a compound found in the hemp and cannabis plant, and over the last few years, it has made a substantial impact on the world. With the increased legalization of cannabis, there is an opportunity to conduct more extensive and thorough research of CBD. Today, we know that CBD can help manage a wide array of conditions, such as ADHD/ADD, anxiety, insomnia, epilepsy, and many others. In a world where people find it ethical to use prescription drugs on a regular basis (and even get addicted to it), we need to seize every opportunity to find new, healthier, and safer solutions – especially for our children.
Is it Safe?
Unlike THC, CBD is non-psychoactive. The “high” effect is produced when the THC binds with CB1 receptors and creates a reaction that starts sending signals to the brain. However, CBD doesn’t bond directly with CB1. The presence of CBD negates that THC-CB1 bond, thus neutralizing the psychoactive effects. It means that CBD can bring you the benefits of THC but without the psychoactive effect.
CBD and Children
Endocannabinoids and cannabinoids are produced naturally in the human body. Children are exposed to different external sources of cannabinoids quite often. For example, one of the abundant sources of endocannabinoids is breast milk.
The most famous case of CBD use in children is the one of Charlotte Figi, a six-year-old girl suffering from Dravet syndrome. She was experiencing frequent seizures (more than 300 per week) that used to paralyze her body completely. But everything changed when her mother bought and administered CBD oil, and the seizures fell to less than one per week.
Can children use CBD as a dietary supplement or a medicine? The answer is – yes, it can be used to enhance a healthy lifestyle. CBD was found to help with sleep disorders, anxiety, severe forms of epilepsy, hyperactivity, and ADHD. Medications given to children for treating these health conditions are synthetic and produce various side effects like behavioral changes, fatigue, drowsiness, nausea, nervousness, anxiety, agitation, and other.
CBD Oil and Nano CBD Water
Before you decide to administer any CBD product to your children, be sure to check with your child’s doctor.
CBD oil needs only a few moments to be absorbed after applying a few drops under your tongue. You can also add it to smoothies or water, as well as find it in spray form or capsules. However, the human body is challenged by absorbing CBD from the oil, while about 95% of CBD products on the market today are oil based. Probably the most groundbreaking scientific discovery is the Nano Full Spectrum CBD, where the lipid-particles from the hemp oil extract are reduced to the size less than 100 nanometers. It allows you to absorb it through the skin and directly into the bloodstream. It is a better solution for children who have rough time swallowing a pill, consuming the oil, or taking a tincture.