Thinking about children and cannabis is a frightening thought because we are conditioned to assume that cannabis is a drug that alters the mind and causes addiction. But we know that children can safely take cannabis oil when it comprises cannabidiol (CBD), or a blend of CBD and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). You see, cannabis oil is a natural therapy which does not have the same harmful side effects that the usual prescribed pharmaceuticals can have.
If a child contracts a disease, or has a certain health condition, their doctors usually prescribe drugs from pharmaceutical companies which can harm the child both physiologically and mentally. THC may be a psychoactive compound but it is not life-threatening and, if taken in a blend with CBD, it is harmless and loses its psychoactive qualities.
Children can safely take cannabis oil in small doses, specifically when the oil is mostly CBD. Children suffer all kinds of anxieties and conditions when they are in social and school situations – often these are “abnormal” environments where they cannot be themselves. Autism and ADHD are diagnosed more and more these days and children are having to take heavy drugs to treat their conditions so that they can fit into “normal” environments with their peers. CBD is a useful cannabis extract for reducing seizures, anxiety, insomnia and nausea. CBD-infused cannabis oil is calming and free from side effects that other drugs do have.
CBD works with the body’s endocannabinoid system to maintain a healthy immune system. The cannabinoid clings to receptors in the brain and central nervous system (CB1 receptors) and receptors in the immune system (CB2 receptors). It can stop overactive neuron actions in the brain, having a positive effect on stress and anxiety by calming the person down. The CBD also decreases pain and inflammation by regulating the release of cytokines from the immune cells. When CBD stimulates pain receptors, it can change the way the brain perceives pain and also the temperature of the body. All of these actions mean that CBD also contributes towards heart health, better moods and appetite, better sleep patterns and a healthy psychological outlook on life.
Children can safely take cannabis oil if they suffer autism as the CBD relieves symptoms of anxiety, seizures, panic attacks, tantrums, self-injury, destructive behaviour and hyperactivity. When a child has autism, the brain does not develop normally regarding social and communication skills. Some doctors say that autism is a result of too few endocannabinoids which means that adding cannabinoids like CBD to the child’s immune system can only help.
Children who have ADHD are actually suffering too little dopamine in their brains. This neurotransmitter regulates attention, memory and other important cognitive actions in the brain. Cannabinoids like CBD interact with receptors in the brain to help manage the dopamine. The child can therefore concentrate better and calm down a lot. This is far better than a drug like Ritalin which has terrible side effects.
Can children safely take cannabis oil? Yes! Chat to your doctor to prescribe medical CBD and we can also advise you about intake methods and doses.