Many parents ask “is Hemp oil (aka CBD oil) safe for their children?” CBD is a cannabinoid found in cannabis or hemp plants. Since it contains no THC there is not a psychoactive effect from taking CBD. Research suggests that CBD can be helpful in relaxation and calming. Therefore, it might be helpful with anxiety, lack of focus and inability to calm down before bed time.
We give these gummies to our 8 year old daughter each night before bed. Honestly, the taste of the gummies was a little different then what she is used to in “gummies” since these are all natural and are not loaded with tons of sugar. But, after a few nights, she got used to the taste and now loves them. Our daughter does have a hard time settling down before bed. We have been giving her melatonin for a few years now. But, with the CBD gummies added to it, she now falls asleep and stays asleep with no trouble at all. Sometimes she even falls asleep on the couch while we are waiting for them to “kick in”.
Research has also shown that taking CBD can boost the immune system. CBD helps boost the body’s natural Endocannabinoid System (ECS). There are ECS receptors in all organs of the body. The ECS keeps the body in a state of homeostasis (natural balance). It helps to keep all of the systems in the body working together as they were made to do. When the body is in balance, all the systems work better. So, by default the immune system works better.
We have seen evidence of this personally just a few weeks ago. Our daughter woke up with a fever one morning. I took her to the doctor a little bit later and she tested positive for both Strep Throat and Flu Type A. My first thought was “Oh my gosh, my poor baby is going to be miserable for the next week”!! However, by the next day, her fever was gone and she felt much better. 2 days later she was back at school!! Now, I’m not saying that CBD cured her flu and strep. She did take a 10-day dose of antibiotics for the strep. But, since her immune system was working in balance with the rest of her body, she was able to fight off the flu faster than normal and had fewer symptoms.
So, back to the original question: Is CBD oil safe for children?
The answer is yes, it is safe and it is also beneficial for their overall health. But CBD will not cure ADHD or anxiety. The only medical condition that CBD is approved to be used for treatment of is seizures. From our experience, CBD can help improve your child’s sleep at night and bring the body back into its natural balance.