Can kids use CBD oil safely

Who needs to use CBD oil? Is there an age limit for using CBD oils? Are children restricted from using CBD oil? This article explains if kids are eligible to use CBD oil.

Although CBD oil is restricted to only persons of 18 years of age, it can be considered for enhancing a kid's general health and wellness if need be but in lower concentrations that will not harm their health.


Factors Contributing To Side Effects Of CBD

Mead (2019) explained that CBD oil is safe for consumption, and its production was approved after various research indicated it had potential health and wellness benefits. But it contains some side effects depending on the following factors;


The Type Of CBD


Full Spectrum CBD Oil

Full-spectrum CBD oil is manufactured using all the elements found in the hemp plant except THC. Full-spectrum CBD oil users enjoy the entourage effect of all the elements. According to Cogan Peter (2020), the entourage effect is the ability of multiple elements working together to offer more therapeutic benefits than a single one. The presence of THC makes it unsafe for kids. All manufacturers need to adhere to THC rules restricting THC levels to 0.3%. Full-spectrum CBD oil is not recommended for kids.


Broad Spectrum CBD Oil

Broad-spectrum CBD oil is manufactured using all the elements of the hemp plant except THC. Jin et al. (2020) stated that it allows its users to enjoy all the benefits associated with all elements of the hemp plant without fearing getting exposed to the side effects of THC. Broad-spectrum CBD oil offers an entourage effect like the full spectrum. Too much broad-spectrum CBD oil offers THC-related side effects; feeling "high," poor memory, severe headache, and anxiety.


Isolate CBD Oil

They are manufactured using pure CBD, void of terpenes, flavonoids, and THC. Isolate CBD is also suitable for kids when the concentration should be limited. A slight increase in the concentration of isolate CBD results in diverse side effects since it is highly concentrated.


Purity Levels

Purity levels can also interfere with the safety of CBD oil for kids. If one is going for CBD oil to improve the health and wellness of their kid, confirm the purity levels. Ensure the oil is manufactured using organic hemp plant and its elements extracted using CO2. Although there are several ways of extraction, Rochfort et al. (2020) suggested that CO2 is the most effective and considered clean. Contaminated CBD oil interferes with children's health and exposes them to harmful diseases such as cancer.


The Concentration of CBD

Before exposing your child to CBD oil for health and wellness benefits, ensure you confirm the potency levels. There has been a trend of manufacturers stating a lower potency on the labels, unlike the real ones in the products. As a result, users get exposed to overdose unknowingly. According to Vo et al. (2018), highly concentrated CBD oil is harmful to kids more than adults. The FDA allows a potency variance of up to 10%, too much for children.


How to determine Safe CBD Oil for Children


The Manufacturing Process

The manufacturing process is very critical in determining the safety of CBD oil. Assessing the manufacturing process begins from the farming process to packing. Top-rated CBD companies minimize the total chemicals used in the manufacturing process and use less harmful chemicals that won't contaminate the end products.


The Lab Results

If you are going for CBD oil to improve the health and wellness of your child, ensure a certified independent lab assesses them. Established brands offering quality CBD products assess the purity of their products using certified centralized labs. Centralized help the manufacturers assess the purity of their products at each stage from the point where the hemp gets to the manufacturing facility. After crafting products, they use a team of certified lab technicians to ensure they are void of contaminants.


The Manufacturer

Check with customers' reviews to confirm that most customers are content with the products. Check whether the brand has received warnings from the FDA concerning its products' quality and whether the brand has received Better Business Bureau (BBB) ratings concerning its products and services.


Conclusion

If the kid is suffering from a certain disease and thinks CBD oil would work best for them, one has to get quality. CBD oil is restricted to only persons over 18 years. Consider CBD oil's potency and purity levels if one intends to use it to improve their child's general health and wellness. Ensure you give them extremely low concentrations to avoid exposing kids to the intoxicating effects of CBD. Broad-spectrum would work best since it is void of THC traces.


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