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Q: Is CBD safe for children to take?

In December 2017, the World Health Organization made it official: After conducting its own research into CBD, the WHO stated it found no adverse health risks to using the cannabinoid. “To date, there is no evidence of the recreational use of CBD or any public health-related problems associated with the use of pure CBD,” the WHO wrote in their study.

So, it’s clear that CBD produces no harmful effects in children. But why are people giving their children CBD in the first place? Are there benefits to using CBD as a “medicine” or even a regular dietary supplement?

Well, the short answer is yes. CBD can be an extremely beneficial substance, whether used to treat a specific ailment or simply used to enhance an already healthy lifestyle.

Studies have shown that CBD can be beneficial for treating anxiety and sleep issues, both common problems for children. Studies show that CBD is also an extremely potent anticonvulsant and can help manage severe forms of childhood epilepsy (such as Dravet syndrome).

Some studies also suggest that CBD may help calm children suffering from hyperactivity or attention deficit disorders like ADD or ADHD. Many of these conditions, especially epilepsy, are traditionally treated with synthetic medications, which can produce a wide variety of side effects. Anti-seizure medications for example, can produce drowsiness, fatigue, behavioral changes, and more. ADD/ADHD medications on the other hand can cause nervousness, agitation, anxiety, sleep problems, nausea, vomiting, and other side effects.

It’s not uncommon for some children dealing with these conditions to use multiple medications at a time, sometimes just to manage the side effects of another medication they may be taking. CBD on the other hand serves as a natural alternative with no side effects.

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