What Parents Should Know About CBD
As CBD is that it’s becoming more and more widely available, like vaping, it is now often marketed to young people. Many parents aren’t sure what to make of it or even understand if their child is using CBD. As the competitive market with many online companies selling these products, with the market estimated to grow to $2.1 billion by 2020, there is growing concern with many parents.
As the CBD industry has now started to expand and market products as “life promoting” as well as the interest in the effects of CBD, (short for Cannabidiol, the largest non-psychoactive component of marijuana), is growing. Most products sold in the market have high levels of CBD and low levels of THC. CBD tinctures, edibles, sprays, vaping liquid, capsules and items such as gels, hand lotions and shampoos are widely available, varying in price and CBD content. Based on how CBD is derived (hemp-derived or marijuana-derived), legality of CBD varies by state.
Why is CBD so Interesting to Young People?
One popular notion is its ability to produce medicinal benefits without the high or side effects typically associated with marijuana. Often used to treat especially cancer, chronic pains and epilepsy. Cannabidiol is most commonly used for seizure disorder (epilepsy). It is also used for anxiety, pain, a muscle disorder called dystonia, Parkinson disease, Crohn disease, and many other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.
For the first time, the FDA approved a new drug based upon CBD derived from marijuana called Epidiolex in June 2018. It provides patients with a concentrated dose of CBD to treat seizures in rare forms of epilepsy.
However, there’s a crucial difference between CBD that’s studied in labs for medical conditions like epilepsy and CBD products that are sold to consumers for well-being. CBD may not be dangerous in and of itself for short-term use, but many products contain dangerous chemicals or synthetic CBD oil, that can have serious adverse effects including seizures, loss of consciousness, vomiting, nausea and altered mental status.
Although, for the most part, side effects from CBD alone are minor (dry mouth, dizziness, nausea), but they can be serious if the CBD products interact with other medications.
How Would I Know and What Are The Signs if My Kid is Using CBD?
It is generally hard to detect if your child is consuming CBD because of the minimal side effects and absence of a psychoactive effect.
If you learn that your child is using CBD without a doctor’s or your permission, you should question it, and may even want to discuss the health impacts. As a concerned parent, the best thing to do is to talk with your child about CBD just like any other substance. Start a conversation about why they’re interested in it, how it makes them feel and why they feel the need to use it. Come from a place of understanding and patience, and work to help your son or daughter make healthy decisions.