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Kids and CBD 

Medicine is in an era of change. More Americans are being prescribed pharmaceuticals medications than ever before. Between 2000 and 2012, the proportion of adults in the U.S. who were taking five or more medications nearly doubled, from 8.2 percent to 15 percent. A recent study finds the pharmaceutical sector is the most loathed industry in the country. It scored a net favorability rating of -31 points (27% positive, 58% negative). For comparison, advertising/public relations earned a (relatively) respectable net rating of -1 point, and the federal government came in at -27 points. A lot of this disdain is due to the cost of pharmaceuticals but it is also due to distrust. 

If you think Americans do not want to take medications for themselves they are even more protective of their children. I regularly am seeing families that are choosing to avoid prescription medication for alternative forms of treatment. These families are looking to treat seizures, anxiety, depression, autism, ADHD and much more, all with CBD. CBD is Cannabidiol, the non mind-altering active compound in cannabis and hemp. CBD hasn’t been tested extensively for safety or for effectiveness. While there’s promising research about CBD, especially for seizure control, much is still not known about it. Some parents are comfortable giving it to their children, while others are not. 

This is not a decision I can make for you but I do help families on a daily basis weigh the pros and cons and find dosages that may work for their child. Parents most often state they are hoping CBD will help their child kids focus, sleep, and calm down. What I can advise is this, know the product that you are giving your child. Learn to read the Certificate of Analysis (lab sheets) to be confident in the product. If using CBD with your child consult with your pediatrician and a knowledgeable cannabinoid physician for guidance. CBD may be safe itself, but it may interact with other medications a child is taking, so having trusted medical support is key. CBD may be a viable option for your child but be aware that it still must be given regularly, the dosage needs to be monitored and for children, vaping should be avoided. Luckily, research has been given a boost by changing guidelines and laws. In 2015 the DEA eased some of the regulatory requirements that have made CBD, as a Schedule 1 substance, difficult to study. 

Choosing CBD for your child certainly needs to be made on an individual basis. Consult a cannabinoid physician for an evaluation before buying products that may not be right for your child. 

Have questions or would like to suggest a subject for my next column? Please email me at DrBridget@greenharvest.health 

Dr. Bridget is a Board-certified family physician, cannabinoid physician and life coach. She is the owner of Green Harvest Health Clinics and GHH CBD Medicinals. Learn more at www.greenharvest.health and DrBridgetMD.com

 

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