As CBD becomes more and more popular, the number of young people who are taking CBD is also rising. This then leaves parents with many questions regarding the use of CBD for children. We hope to answer any questions you may have about CBD, whether it is regarding safety, consumption methods or dosage.
Is CBD Legal?
There are two types of plants in the cannabis species:
Low THC Hemp
High THC Cannabis
The two main cannabinoids found in cannabis are CBD and THC. THC, when consumed in large amounts, causes a psychoactive effect and is, therefore, illegal in the UK.
In the UK, we are legally allowed to sell CBD if it has been extracted from a low THC hemp plant. CBD products must contain no more than 0.2% THC, which is the UK legal limit. As it is such a miniscule amount, it is not psychoactive.
Full Spectrum products are the most effective as they contain the whole hemp plant which includes less than 0.2% THC, CBD and the rest of the phytocannabinoids, terpenes and essential oils from the plant. When we consume all of the cannabinoids together, they work in synergy in the body and cause an entourage effect. This means they have a greater impact on the body.
As an example, if you were to consume a broad spectrum product, meaning THC has been removed, you would need a higher dosage to get the same effect as a full spectrum product.
Feel assured that full spectrum CBD products from reputable UK suppliers are legal and also safe for the whole family to use, regardless of age.
Is CBD Safe?
CBD is not psychoactive, meaning it cannot make you high. Even when purchasing full-spectrum CBD, meaning THC is included, the product cannot make you high as the amount of THC is so miniscule.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) put safety fears to bed when they confirmed that CBD was safe for humans. WHO made many promising statements regarding CBD, including “CBD is generally well tolerated with a good safety profile” and “In humans, CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential”.
Although CBD is deemed to be generally safe, we recommend finding trusted brands that meet the following checklist:
The brand only uses organic hemp, free of pesticides, toxins, heavy metals, etc.
The brand provides third-party lab test results.
The brand supplies CBD that has been extracted with CO2 or food-grade ethanol as if solvents are used during the extraction process, there is a high chance of solvent residue being left within the CBD.
Is It Okay To Give a Child CBD?
It’s great that we have established that CBD is safe; however, is it also safe for children?
To put it simply, CBD is absolutely safe for your children. As already mentioned, CBD cannot make you high. Many parents buy CBD as it is a natural supplement that they believe can help their children in a variety of different ways.
Children, just as adults, cannot overdose on CBD; it is just a food supplement. Our bodies naturally create a chemical called endocannabinoids which feed our endocannabinoid system (ECS). CBD is nearly identical to these naturally occurring cannabinoids, which is why when we consume CBD, it attaches the cells of our ECS to help keep the body in balance.
The main reason why we suggest that a responsible adult administers CBD to a child is because CBD gummies are more expensive than sweets as they contain CBD oil. You don’t want your child eating £20 of CBD Gummies in a few hours. Don’t worry if they did; the worst that would happen is they would need to go to the toilet a little more than usual.
Bonus tip: We recommend taking CBD alongside a meal as CBD can lower blood sugar.
How Much CBD Should I Give My Child?
Although overdosing is not a possibility, we do recommend starting off with small amounts of CBD; perhaps 1-5mg a day. After a few days, if you believe your child needs more, you can double the amount to 5-10mg.
It is important to note that as our bodies are all different, some people require higher doses than others. Also, it can take different lengths of time before seeing effects. You may see positive effects within a matter of days, or even a matter of weeks.
Only you, as the parent, will be able to tell how much CBD your child needs by seeing how they feel and act over time with different amounts. In conclusion, we recommend starting small and increasing gradually.
Can My Child Take CBD Along With Medication?
It is absolutely fine for anybody, including children, to take CBD along with medication. However, we urge you to leave at least an hour gap between taking medication and taking CBD. For example, if you take your meds at 9AM, then have CBD before 8AM or after 10AM.
If CBD was in the liver at the same time as the medication, it could inhibit the hepatic drug metabolism as CBD perceives the medication as a foreign object. As CBD aims to bring balance to the body, it prevents the medication from being metabolised in the body and attempts to flush it out of the system.
Leaving an hour gap will allow any medication to be metabolised and get into the bloodstream without CBD interfering. If you feel unsure, consider consulting your doctor.
Why Should I Give My Child CBD?
In the modern world, children are unfortunately experiencing a lot more challenges in life. If you have any concerns regarding your children’s wellbeing and are looking for a natural supplement, we recommend having a look into CBD.
Unfortunately, we can’t make any medical claims, so we can’t precisely tell you why your child should use CBD.
We suggest doing some research to see how children are benefitting from CBD Supplements. There is an endless amount of content available online such as people’s personal experiences on YouTube and research studies discussed in articles.
How To Get Your Child To Take CBD
It’s important that you neither force nor place too much pressure on your children to take CBD. Have a conversation with them. Discuss their overall health and wellbeing as well as any problems. Be comforting and supporting when explaining why you would like them to take CBD. It is just a food supplement like vitamins and minerals.
As the CBD market has grown exponentially in the UK, we have seen an expanse in the range of CBD products available. CBD gummies are the most popular way children like to consume CBD.
How Should My Child Use CBD?
There are a variety of ways in which we can consume CBD. However, we must be more careful when giving children CBD. For example, we wouldn’t want a child to use a vape. We want children to consume CBD in a way that they’re most comfortable with. In most cases for kids, CBD gummies may be the ideal option as they’re tasty and easy to consume.
CBD gummy bears are delicious, but they can have a slight taste of hemp. For children who are very sensitive to tastes a water soluble CBD could be the better option as the taste is hardly noticeable when mixed within a drink.
If you’re wanting to target a particular area of a child’s skin, then CBD creams and balms could possibly be the better option.
How would I know if my kid is using CBD?
It would be nearly impossible to know if your child is using CBD as any side effects are minimal and slight. If you notice your child is more focused, calmer, sleeping better or generally more content, then they may be using CBD as a food supplement.
We can only recommend asking your child about why they’re using CBD and if there is anything they want to talk about. It is important to be understanding and supportive.
Why is CBD so interesting to young people?
Unfortunately, young people are feeling more pressure with social media, school, the COVID-19 pandemic and other factors. Due to CBD’s rising popularity, many children are starting to hear about how CBD has positively affected people’s lives. Combining that with the fact that CBD is not psychoactive, CBD becomes an appealing natural supplement for wellbeing. Also, as more research and studies take place, people’s concerns regarding safety and legalities lower.