Children and CBD
By now, you’re probably already familiar with CBD. It is hailed by medical experts as the new solution to disruptive diseases that were otherwise incurable by conventional medicine. So what does CBD spell for your children and should you consider using it even if your child doesn’t suffer from any particularly harmful illness? There are a few things you should learn about CBD before deciding.
First, it is crucial to realize that not all CBD oils have the same specifications. Some products contain a few traces of THC, which although, not particularly harmful, might be illegal to purchase in your state. Certain brands of CBD oil are better quality than others, in which case, you should read reviews, visit online forums and talk to other parents for their insight about the product.
Second, CBD and THC are two completely different compounds and serve different purposes. THC is the active ingredient in marijuana and binds with the brain’s cannabinoid receptors (CB1) to produce a complex mixture of effects, popularly called a ‘high’. CBD on the other hand is the non-psychoactive drug that doesn’t bind to CB1 receptors. This means it doesn’t cause a high, making it perfect for medicinal purposes. Ailments that CBD is known to help include:
A lot of environmental factors contribute toward depression in children, which plays a negative role in their psychological and physiological development. Depression can interfere with a child’s performance in school and ‘curing’ it is easier said than done. Children respond differently to clinical treatment of depression and conventional drugs do more damage than good.
It has been shown that CBD oils play a role in mitigating depression by positively influencing the brain’s chemistry and elevating a child’s mood.
Anandamide is described by many health experts as the body’s own version of ‘cannabis’ and serves as an antidepressant. Research has shown that CBD not only prevents the degradation of anandamide but also increases it.
Children are very prone to anxiety, especially at a young age when they are bursting with energy and still learning to cope with it in their own ways. In a bid to come to terms with their own ‘excitement’, children find it difficult to focus on school and become victims of anxiety’s side effects such as PTSD and ADHD. Research has shown that CBD can help with these illnesses by regulating the endocannabinoid system in the body.
What Does the Endocannabinoid System Do for the Body?
You might have noticed that in many of our articles, we frequently use the terms endocannabinoid and CBD together. Endocannabinoids in the body are responsible for controlling several behaviors such as mood swings, insatiable appetites and cognitive activity. Until recently, scientists couldn’t control the endocannabinoid system without administering expensive drugs that came with their own mixed bag of side effects.
CBD, as it turns out, can be used to control the body’s endocannabinoid system which in turn can be used to control mood, anxiety, happiness and fear. In short, CBD can be used to make your child’s brain healthier and happier. Who wouldn’t want that for their child?