Can I give my child CBD?

Simple question, complex answer: CBD, from what age? As is often the case with cannabidiol and other hemp derivatives, even legal, many factors must be taken into account. Relaxing, anti-inflammatory, antidepressant, CBD has many interesting properties for all ages, including for the youngest.

However, are there any risks in giving CBD to your child? And by the way, is it just legal? We answer the most frequently asked questions, the answers to which are paramount in making the decision to give CBD to a child.

Is Giving CBD To A Child Or Teen Legal?

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Despite the advantages noted by many families and that many scientific studies seem to confirm, French law prohibits the sale of CBD to minors. A child or teen is therefore not allowed to buy CBD. for his personal consumption. He is also, like adults, not allowed to buy hemp-derived products containing THC, its psychoactive molecule.

Coming back to CBD, it is not clear whether it is legal to take CBD by a minor or not. It is therefore up to everyone to make an informed decision, knowing precisely the potential benefits of CBD for their child, the appropriate dosage as well as the type of product most useful. If your goal is to combat pain, depression or any other medical problem, it is also imperative to speak about it first to a health professional, the only one authorized to advise an adequate solution.

Is Giving CBD To A Child Risky?

Let's face it: we still lack hindsight (and a more abundant scientific literature) to firmly answer this question. However, CBD is a molecule isolated since 1963 and widely studied since. Nowadays, no major side effects have been demonstrated, neither short-term nor long-term. Apart from a pasty mouth and possible nausea, the risks of giving CBD to a child therefore seem very limited.

A possible overdose of CBD does not seem to be dangerous either. However, beware of drug interactions, especially in the case of taking antidepressants. CBD could indeed decrease or increase the action of certain drugs, at the risk of disrupting certain treatments which may lead to undesirable effects.

How can CBD help a child?

Between family problems, possible illnesses that sometimes appear too early and the stress of exams, children also live in a stressful society that is often difficult to deal with on a daily basis. Cannabidiol, known to be able tosoothe some chronic painlimit skin irritation (for example in case ofacne) and act as a antidepressant in the case of mild anxiety disorders, then seems to impose itself as a natural and non-addictive remedy.

The ideal for our blond heads? Not necessarily.

Are there CBD treatments for children?

Yes ! Contrary to all expectations, the few currently authorized CBD-based treatments are partly aimed at children. Studies are even in progress in France to measure the real interest of cannabidiol drugs with the objective, if the results are conclusive, to embark on a larger scale in therapeutic cannabis. L'infantile epilepsy is one of the main diseases targeted, especially for the youngest epileptics suffering from generalized seizures and not responding sufficiently or not positively to more conventional treatments.

CBD could then come to the aid of some 25 to 30% of patients suffering from refractory epilepsy. The Dravet and Lennox-Gastaut syndromes are particularly affected.

Do you need a prescription to buy CBD for a child?

No. CBD may be prohibited from sale to minors, it is no less considered a medicine, at least in France. A parent can therefore freely buy CBD for your child. He then takes sole responsibility for whether or not to give CBD to his child. In countries (or in certain states in the case of the United States) authorizing medical cannabis, it may be necessary to consult a pediatrician in order to obtain a prescription that will give access to the sale of CBD in dispensaries.

This is for example the case in Israel. In most European countries, we are not there yet and a clear regulation of CBD, for both children and adults, it is difficult to settle down.

Which CBD products should be favored for children?

Remember, it is not advisable to give CBD to a child. In the event of a contrary decision, it is of course essential to favor the healthiest products possible. It is therefore out of the question to smoke CBD (a mode of intake also prohibited for adults), or even to vape it. The best strategy to adopt is then to favor the sublingual route or oral.

The CBD oils are therefore practical and have marked effects. It is also possible to turn to a CBD hemp infusion, however, the effects will take longer to manifest (up to two hours, compared to 20 to 30 minutes by leaving the CBD oil under the tongue for a few seconds before swallowing it).

How to dose CBD for a child?

It is essential to take into account the weight of the child in order to dose CBD correctly. What works for a parent is likely to be too much for a smaller body. The general rule of one milligram of CBD per day and per 5 kg is a good starting point, even if it means gradually increasing the dosage to achieve the desired effects (8 mg for a 40 kg child for example).

It is therefore advisable to prefer a CBD oil with a low concentration (5% for example) in order to be able to more easily measure the quantity consumed.