In general, the dose of CBD for a child is about 2.5 to 10 mg depending on their age, size, and symptom severity.
With that said, it’s wise to consult with your child’s doctor before giving them any supplements of any kind.
In recent years, CBD has caught the attention of medical researchers as a potential treatment for autism.
4. CBD Concentrates
Here are a few examples of CBD products to avoid giving children.
This is the first question most parents ask before deciding to give CBD to their children.
Therefore, avoid concentrates and opt for something with a lower potency.
A few examples of skin conditions that may benefit from CBD include:
When considering a CBD oil product for pediatric care, look out for signs of a reputable brand on product labeling and watch out for buzzwords with no scientific value or definition, such as “organic,” “pure,” or “natural.” In the United States, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) doesn’t currently allow CBD oil labels to make claims of curing or treating diseases and conditions. All reputable CBD products have a certificate of analysis available from the manufacturer or company’s website.
The extent to which the effects of CBD oil differ between adults and children remains largely under-researched. Because the nature of CBD absorption varies significantly from patient to patient, and research into pediatric use of CBD is still limited, the precise differences in response between adult and child patients are also difficult to pin down.
Phytocannabinoids, or cannabinoids that derive from the cannabis plant, interact with our bodies through the endocannabinoid system (ECS), where they bind to cannabinoid receptors and are broken down by enzymes. CBD elicits therapeutic effects by modulating the interactions that take place at the cannabinoid receptors. These receptors are responsible for maintaining homeostasis, or the body’s means of maintaining a steady function of its vital systems. CBD is also known to interact with more than 60 other sites in the brain and body.
CBD modulates interactions that take place at cannabinoid receptors, which helps it elicit therapeutic effects. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
Furthermore, THC remains a Schedule I drug under the Federal Controlled Substances Act, and only hemp-derived CBD produced under the regulations of the 2018 Farm Bill is legal.
Though CBD and THC have been found to enhance the therapeutic effects of one another, it is illegal for anyone younger than 21 to consume THC for medical purposes, though this varies from state to state. Exceptions are made with a physician’s or authorized health professional’s recommendation and parental approval for children younger than 21.
Due to the nature of cannabinoids and the complex ways in which they interact with the body, there is no one-size-fits-all approach to dosing CBD oil for children or adults. Though studies suggest that it’s nearly impossible to take an unsafe amount of CBD, the best approach is to talk to your child’s physician for a consultation and further guidance. Children who take CBD should be medically supervised.