In a matter of few years, by its sheer immense growth and popularity, cannabidiol has become a household name around the world. It initially sought use in curbing draft syndrome in children. The syndrome resulting in extreme and severe prolonged seizures that were hard to manage using conventional anticonvulsant medication saw treatment in cannabidiol. Now, CBD is being sold in a variety of forms from edible gummy bears to oils.
What Is CBD?
Cannabidiol or CBD is one of the 100’s of elements to be found in the extraction from the cannabis plant. Due to the absence of THC tetrahydrocannabidiol, which is an active psychotic isomer, CBD has found many more takers. This is more or so why CBD became accessible to kids as well.
Use For Children
CBD oil is marketed and packaged as Epidiolex, which is an FDA approved oral solution extracted from purified CBD. Epidiolex is prescribed for two of the more severe form of epilepsy and seizure in kids. One is the previously mentioned draught syndrome while the second being Lennox-Gastaut syndrome. Kids are sometimes given commercially manufactured CBD by their parents in a bid to treat conditions pertaining to anxiety and hyperactivity. Epidiolex has also found use for children showcasing autism symptoms and those within the autism spectrum as well.
Not to mention the preclinical evidence that points to the possible benefits of using Epidiolex for treating anxiety-related disorders including social anxiety disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and obsessive compulsive disorder to name a few. A recent study of a child in her early 10’s found that using CBD helped ease her insomnia and feelings of anxiety.
The problem here is that parents are making the decision that an otherwise trained qualified doctor would make,. This makes them unaware and impervious to the side effects that might potentially risk the health of your child.
What Are The Side Effects Of Using CBD On Children?
The following are CBD’s side effects:
- General tiredness and being lethargic
- Loss of appetite
- Poor quality sleep
- Elevated chances of rashes and infections
Considering all the advantages and benefits that CBD offers, it can be useful to treat many health issues of children. However, you need to consult with a medical practitioner before starting CBD treatment for your child.