With studies finding evidence that cannabidiol (CBD) may be beneficial for treating conditions like childhood epilepsy disorders, autism, and even some cancers, parents are increasingly turning to the natural, non-psychoactive compound in the hopes of managing their child’s severe health conditions.
Among the common questions posed by parents giving cannabinoids to their kids for the first time is:
What types of CBD products are best for children?
In general, there’s no one CBD product that is best for all children. The product that is best is the one that offers the ideal cannabinoid content for your child, and comes in a form that your child is comfortable taking. How much CBD your child should take daily depends on your child’s condition and their body size, and is something that should be discussed with your doctor. You should be able to find the CBD content of product clearly displayed on its label.
CBD is available in various types of products that are convenient for children to use. Here we take a look at the most common products, examining the potential pros and cons that you may want to take into consideration as you decide which is best for your child.
Pure CBD Oil
CBD oil is extracted from the seeds, stalks and flower of plants like hemp. Pure CBD oil is typically consumed sublingually, which means held under the tongue to allow the CBD and other botanical compounds to diffuse through the mucous membrane. It can also be swallowed and ingested, although in that method the compounds must be digested before they’re able to take effect.
Pure CBD oil contains CBD and an array of other cannabinoids, as well as essential vitamins and minerals, fatty acids, protein, chlorophyll, fiber, flavonoids, and terpenes. A significant study that found CBD effective for drug-resistant seizures related to Dravet syndrome utilized an oral solution of CBD oil. It contains only the plant-derived compounds, so in general it offers the highest CBD content compared to other products.
The taste of pure unfiltered CBD oil is typically described as nutty, earthy, or grassy. For some children, the bitterness of the oil may be difficult to hold in the mouth or swallow. To help mask the “pure CBD oil” flavor for your child, you can have them swallow the dosage with a spoonful of yogurt or ice cream.
Pros: Typically contains highest levels of CBD, quickly absorbed for near immediate effects when taken sublingually
Cons: “Earthy” flavor, most expensive of all CBD products
CBD Tinctures or Liquids
CBD tinctures or liquids blend pure CBD oil and all of its natural compounds with other wholesome oils and natural flavors like cinnamon or peppermint. Like pure CBD oil, tinctures and liquids are traditionally taken sublingually or orally. However, CBD tinctures and liquids offer more versatility and can also be added to your child’s favorite food or beverage.
In general, CBD tinctures contain lower levels of CBD than pure CBD oil. Because they offer a sweeter flavor, they can be a more enjoyable product for children who are more particular about taste or are new to CBD.
Pros: Sweeter flavor, less expensive, more versatility, quickly absorbed for near immediate effects when taken sublingually
Cons: Lower CBD levels in general
Generally ideal for older children that are comfortable swallowing pills, CBD capsules contain pure CBD oil in a convenient form that can be swished down with a mouthful of water. Most CBD capsules contain higher CBD potency than other tinctures or liquids, but levels vary by manufacturer. Some CBD capsules may contain a blend of CBD oil and other compounds like vitamins and minerals.
Pros: Convenient to consume for those comfortable with swallowing pills, typically contain higher levels of CBD
Cons: Difficult to consume for those uncomfortable with swallowing pills, compounds must be digested before eliciting effects
It’s easy to create your own CBD capsules and you can learn more about how to do so here.
ECHO understands that parents may have many questions when considering whether to give CBD to their children. Visit our ECHO Families section to read and watch personal stories about how cannabinoids have brought about powerful changes in the lives of children and their families.
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