More and more individuals are seeking alternatives to prescription medicine and invasive procedures, creating a revitalized interest in natural remedies for holistic health. As one of the most prominent and popular options for homeopathic treatment, CBD has become a household name; and for good reason. There are many indications that CBD products are highly effective in treating everything from arthritis pain to helping overcome addiction. But what’s on the frontier of CBD use is the proposed benefits for children.
While there is still much to learn about the effectiveness and potential adverse side effects of CBD oil, early reports indicate that it could have several benefits for treating symptoms of common childhood conditions and diagnosis.
Some of the most common symptoms CBD has shown to be effective in providing relief for children are:
Nausea or Motion Sickness
Let’s look at how CBD could potentially help manage symptoms specifically of autism, ADD/ADHD, and anxiety in children.
For children with autism, there have been overwhelmingly positive reports from parents regarding the benefits of using CBD products to reduce some symptoms of autism. Many have found that giving CBD oil to their autistic child can alleviate anxiety, improve their social interactions, and reduce stress, aggression, and self-injurious behaviors. And studies are currently underway regarding the use of CBD in treating particular seizures associated with autism. While there’s still much to learn, the anecdotal evidence appears to be favorable and grounds for additional scientific research.
As children are increasingly diagnosed with ADD/ADHD, many parents seek natural treatments to help manage symptoms and avoid the negative side effects many prescribed medications have. Because CBD regulates the neurological system and can support the balance between both the sympathetic (stimulating) and parasympathetic (relaxing) nervous systems, it appears to be effective in supporting balance in children with ADD/ADHD. CBD oil has shown to positively affect most common symptoms such as focus, diarrhea, weight loss, anxiety, and insomnia.
Prolonged anxiety can lead to many other serious health conditions, and we’re seeing anxiety beginning at early ages. For many children struggling with anxiety, CBD has shown to be helpful in reducing stress, regulating mood, relaxing muscles, and improving sleep without the fear of developing a dependency on prescription medications. CBD could prove to be a longer-term, healthier alternative to reducing symptoms of anxiety.
Always Consult a Doctor
While CBD oil is a natural, plant-based compound, as with any treatment, you should always consult a doctor prior to use. CBD may interact with other medications your child is taking, and as we’re all unique, results and effectiveness may vary. Your health care professional can help you determine the right dosage for your child and you may prefer to choose a liquid form of the oil to aid in managing lower doses. Consider testing your child’s response to CBD for a month to determine if it’s the right fit in addressing their symptoms.
How to Choose the Right Product
As with any product, quality should be a primary consideration. Unfortunately, the CBD industry is unregulated, leading to the availability of inferior products and unsubstantiated claims as to their effectiveness. Look for CBD products that are full- or whole-spectrum extracts with higher concentrations of CBD. Reputable brands will always include third-party lab testing in their process to ensure the products they sell are of the highest quality.
San Benito Hemp Company offers some of the highest-quality CBD oil in the world. Our hemp is grown under the California sun and is always fresh-squeezed, fresh-pressed, and lab tested. Our proprietary, truly solvent-free extraction method captures the broadest spectrum hemp compounds resulting in therapeutically-rich, high-grade products that positively impact your wellbeing.