CBD is still pretty new, so there’s very little research about its safety or how well it works, especially for children. So far, there’s only one marijuana-derived medication that has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. It’s called Epidiolex, and it’s used to treat a rare form of epilepsy in patients who are at least two years old.
What do we know about CBD?
Although a few studies have found that CBD oil might work for anxiety, they only looked at healthy people who were put in situations that made them anxious. There are no studies yet on people with chronic anxiety. Researchers are also exploring CBD for kids with autism spectrum disorder. The results are good so far, but more research needs to be done before we can know if it’s safe and effective.
Concerns about CBD
The review notes that the promising preclinical results are also supported by human experimental findings, which also suggest “minimal sedative effects, and an excellent safety profile.” But these findings are based on putting healthy subjects in anxiety-producing situations and measuring the impact of CBD on the anxiety response. Further studies are required to establish treatment with CBD would have similar effects for those who struggle with chronic anxiety, as well as what the impact of extended CBD use may be.
CBD oil is unregulated, making it difficult, if not impossible, for parents to have complete confidence about what’s in the product they’re purchasing. A study published in JAMA (Journal of American Medical Association) revealed labeling inaccuracies among CBD products. Some products had less CBD than stated, while others had more.
Healthline, Healthline Media, 7 Apr. 2020,
What are the Risks of Using CBD Oil for Children?
Whelan, Corey. “Should You Use CBD for Children?”
For hundreds of years, people have used marijuana. But CBD oil use is a relatively new idea. No longitudinal studies can still confirm the result for the use in children or their effects. It may produce significant side effects, such as restlessness and issues with sleep that may be like the conditions you are trying to treat.
(U.S. Food & Drug Administration)