Is CBD Oil Safe for Children?

by Tim Shaw

Is CBD oil safe for children

CBD oil continues to grow in popularity and become more visible across the world. The many studies proving that it supports our wellbeing make it hard to ignore.

WHO Building GenevaThe World Health Organisation and Members of the European Parliament have recently drawn public attention to the links between cannabis-based medication, CBD supplements and good health, and called for more research. With the possibility of such benefits, surely, we should share this with our children? [second comma not needed here]

But is this safe? Can we confidently allow our little ones to supplement their diet with CBD?

Research in this area is only just beginning to come up with possible answers. It is harder to get trials approved for studies that involve children. However, there are some and they show a similar pattern of benefits to those available to adults.

In November of 2017 the WHO shared a paper in which they concluded that CBD posed no threat to health, has no potential for abuse and mentioned details of trials carried out that included participants as young as two.

CBD is often taken for its effect on general wellbeing and relaxation. As the pressure on children and young people increases day by day, cannabidiol could be just what they need.

 

How much CBD can children take?

How much CBD for childrenWhen finding the correct dose it is different for every user and for every result you are trying to achieve. This is no different for children.

Because the effects can depend on body weight, an effective child’s dose will be significantly smaller than that of an adult. A good starting point is 0.5mg per pound of bodyweight spread between three doses a day. For example, a child weighing 30 pounds would take 15mg divided into three doses of 5mg to be taken across one day. This smaller dose could be increased slowly over the course of a week.

 

The importance of third-party certificates

Certificates of Analysis

CBD-Certificate-of-AnalysisIt is essential that children are given high-quality oil with evidence of the proper safety checks. This is true for anyone using CBD. Low-quality oil is never recommended, it may not offer the same benefits provided by a top quality organic full spectrum oil and could contain toxins.

Certificates of Analysis completed by a third party lab offer assurance that the product is high quality and has been safely prepared. They show that the profile of cannabinoids is legal, safe and effective. Chemicals and contaminants are also checked for and noted in the analysis.

Each batch of oil should have its own certificate. Choosing a brand that clearly displays this and provides other safety information is an indication that they follow the correct procedures and value the health of you and your family.

Organic Certification

Europe BIO Organic StampOrganic oils are the best way to avoid chemical contamination. Oil’s produced in this way are a great choice for us all, but as children’s brains and bodies develop they can be more vulnerable to trace amounts of toxins.

Brands that display their organic certification have to meet rigorous standards and follow the principle specified by their country’s organic authority. There is no use of chemicals during farming or production and the entire process must be clean and fair.

 

Brands recommended for children

We thoroughly recommend the organically certified brands BioBloom and Biopurus. Biobloom produces a full spectrum CBD oil available in 4%,6% and 8% concentrations that are extracted from hand-harvested hemp. Biopurus manufacture their oil in the UK with hemp from sustainable Czech farms. It is available in a range of strengths from 5% to 30%.

Each of these companies has a track record for reaching the highest safety standards and pride themselves on delivering top quality CBD products. Certificates of Analysis are available and kept up to date.

CBD children brand BiopurusCBD children brand BioBloom

When is CBD not recommended for children

Despite its safe status as a legal food supplement, there are 4 instances in which CBD oil is not recommended for children:

1. Avoid low quality oil

CBD should not be used if you are unsure of the quality of the oil or if you didn’t purchase it yourself. In some places, it can be unregulated so it is important that anything you or your children take is safe and fully tested.

2. When already using other medication

If your child is on any medication, it is always advisable to mention the use of any supplements to their doctor.

3. If suffering from a pre-existing medical condition

While supplementing with CBD is perfectly safe, it is good practice to check in with your child’s doctor before you make any changes to their treatment.

4. Children under two years old

Cannabidiol-based medication has, in some cases, undergone trials and received approval for children as young as one. However, unless you have a prescription for your toddler it is best to wait until they are a little older before they take CBD as a supplement.

Conclusion on the Safety of CBD oil for Children

The World Health Organisation and many other bodies have found no threat to health from the use of CBD. It has the potential to provide many benefits to all of us and some specific to children. With the proper care and attention paid to quality and dose, CBD can be delivered safely to children allowing them to benefit from its varied effects.

As we move further towards a better understanding of how CBD interacts with the body, more research will be conducted to provide a better grasp of its specific benefits. In the meantime give your family’s well-being a boost with the best quality organic oils available.

Written by Tim Shaw

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Tim W. Shaw is a freelance writer and English graduate. He writes extensively about supplements and food, particularly CBD. He and his wife share their home with two daughters and a lifetime’s collection of books.


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