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What Parents Need to Know About CBD Oil

THC and CBD are different.

They’re the two main compounds in the marijuana plant, but THC is psychoactive, and CBD is not, so you can get high and maybe feel paranoid after using THC, but you can’t after using CBD. The oil used to medically treat a child will often be legally sold through a dispensary and contain a CBD-to-THC ratio like 19-to-1. The oil sold over the internet doesn’t contain THC. Keep in mind that plenty of medical professionals argue that CBD loses its efficacy when it’s not used in conjunction with THC.

CBD oil can change lives.

There are incredible testimonials from families who have found relief after incorporating CBD oil into their daily lifestyle. Melissa Hilt’s 10-year-old daughter, Haley, was seizing over 100 times daily. Haley underwent surgery, tried alternative diets, and attempted taking over 15 medications to slow down her seizing. A dose of 19-to-1 (CBD-to-THC) oil is given to her at breakfast and dinnertime, and Melissa told us she finally feels like she’s “met” her real daughter. Her kiddo is no longer in a constant “haze” from all of the different medications she was trying. Now, Haley smiles and plays with her sister. Melissa told us, “It’s been the greatest gift to our family to be able to finally ‘meet’ her.” Now, that’s powerful …

You shouldn’t buy the stuff online to treat your kid.

For parents, it’s tempting to read about the effects of non-psychoactive CBD oil and mix some into their kid’s hot chocolate at night before bed, but the truth is, it’s better to stay away from the online options, especially when the intentions are for a small child to ingest it regularly. Dr. Lucido says that what’s in the CBD oils sold online is even more obscure than vitamins (that aren’t regulated by the FDA) because the ingredient list isn’t often fully disclosed, nor the milligrams. According to Dr. Lucido, without accurate dosing and ingredient information, it’s just not the safest thing to use. He also reminds us that companies are incorrect in claiming that CBD oil extracted from hemp is legal under federal law, and the FDA officially sent warning letters to these companies.

CBD oil can be used to treat autism, ADHD, depression, and anxiety for kids.

Dr. Lucido cautions against giving children CBD oil without the recommendation from a doctor, but he says if it’s legally purchased from a dispensary with a doctor’s recommendation, CBD oil can be highly effective in treating seizures, autism, ADHD, depression, and anxiety in children. The CBD-to-THC ratio may differ based on the child and what’s being treated.

You can serve it mixed into food.

Dr. Lucido says the best way to give the oil to your child is in a tincture placed right under the tongue or on the side of the cheek. If the child is fussy, he recommends mixing it into food. Because it’s fat-soluble, Dr. Lucido advises that dropping a dose into a glass of water will be less effective, as the oil can stick to the side of the glass. The oil mixes better with milk, for example.

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