Can we give CBD to children ?
CBD is a food supplement that leaves no one indifferent. There are many testimonies on the Internet from parents who are happy with the benefits of CBD for their children. But is it safe to give CBD (cannabidiol) to your child ? This is a question that often comes up, and asking it is to show common sense. We bring you the answer :
What is CBD ?
CBD is very much in vogue since its recent legalization by the Court of Cassation. This celebrity is due to its promising properties, such as the reduction of anxiety or anxiety attacks, the reduction of epileptic seizures, an improvement in sleep, but also its calming effect in children with autism or ADHD. Cannabidiol (which is the acronym for Cannabidiol), is a molecule naturally present in hemp. It is the second most studied cannabinoid after THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol). It is also the cannabinoid that is usually found in the highest concentration in industrial hemp.
Hemp and cannabis, what is the difference ?
The answer is simple, there is none, hemp is cannabis, and cannabis is hemp. It is the same plant. We should even say the same family of plants. Indeed, this family of plants bearing the name of Cannabis includes 3 varieties :
- Cannabis Sativa or industrial hemp which has a very high concentration of CBD (cannabidiol), and a negligible amount of THC (less than 0.2% according to the law). It is from this variety that the CBD is reached to us.
- Cannabis Indica, rich in THC, and poor in CBD, is the recreational cannabis, known for its psychoactive effects. Its consumption is illegal in most countries.
- Cannabis Ruderalis, low in both CBD and THC. It has no known use.
How is CBD obtained ?
As we have seen, CBD (cannabidiol) is extracted from Cannabis Sativa. There are several methods of extracting CBD as follows :
- Solvent extraction : Chemical solvents of various kinds, such as ethanol, isopropyl alcohol, propane or butane. This method, inexpensive, is not without risks, because it is almost impossible to remove all the solvent used, once the product is finished. This exposes the consumer to certain health risks.
- Oil-based extraction : This is the least expensive method, it has the advantage of not requiring chemicals. However, it is not very effective, and the quantity of CBD extracted will be low.
- Supercritical CO2 extraction: which is today the best solution to obtain a CBD of excellent quality without solvents, or additives, with a great effectiveness ? The CBD obtained by this technique is of exceptional quality, maximizing its effects. It also guarantees a total absence of THC in the product. This is the method we recommend
How to consume CBD ?
CBD can be consumed in different ways, CBD oil, and depending on the products used, the beneficial effects of cannabidiol (CBD) will be more or less present. It is important to avoid that the method of absorption deteriorates the CBD molecules. That's why at Kannabay, we recommend CBD oil in drops (sublingual route), so that more of the CBD will be absorbed through the mucous membranes under the tongue, before being distributed throughout the body.
Can I give CBD to my child ?
There are many reasons why a parent may wish to give CBD to their child :
- Better sleep
- Reduction of anxiety or anxiety attacks
- For ADHD children
- For children with autism
- For children with asthma
- Or to fight against epileptic seizures.
All these reasons are valid and CBD can be offered to children without risk. The World Health Organization (WHO) even underlines on its website that cannabidiol (CBD) is safe, and that no indication of abuse or dependence has been found. Concerning the dosage to give to a child, it is recommended to give one drop of CBD oil per kilo of weight, using the pipette integrated into the bottle. Put the drops of CBD oil corresponding to the weight of your child in his mouth or on a delicacy, and it's done !