Medicinal marijuana, medicinal cannabis, medicinal hemp, hemp-derived alternative medicines are different solutions steadily gaining popularity over the past several years. You may hear some of their opponents ridiculing CBD oil as “snake oil”, a “fairytale cure-all”, a “hyped-up cure for pretend cancer” etc. However, medicinal cannabis and the medicines derived from it have a long way since they first stirred up controversy. People have repeatedly acknowledged them as helpful in reducing or eliminating pain and aches. They also help to alleviate symptoms of ADHD and many other things. There are even people who have turned to medicinal marijuana to help their kids for different health issues. It finds use in coping easily with a multitude of nasty, hard to heal, medical conditions. Before you decide to give CBD oil to your child, make sure you know all that you need to know!
CBD is Not the Same Thing as THC
Both of these are considered “main compounds” (otherwise known as “active substances”) of the marijuana plant. The chief difference is that THC is psychoactive, it has mind-altering effects on those who consume it (it is even known to trigger bouts of paranoia), whereas CBD has none of those. Take a look at this informative study for some more in-depth insight into the hallucinogenic effects that THC can have.
However, as strange as it might sound to you, there are a fair number of people in the medical field who argue that CBD alone is not all that effective, unless it is used in a combination with a little bit of THC. That is why CBD oils tend to have their CBD-to-THC ratio clearly pointed out, and this number is overwhelmingly in the favor of CBD (for example, a rather prevalent ratio id 19 parts CBD to 1 part THC).
Using CBD Oil on a Steady Basis is a Costly Thing
For those parents who discovered that this oil reduces their children’s pain, or who have the great misfortune of the oil being the only thing that helps their kid in any way, there is another great obstacle every few meters of the road: the budgeting problem.
CBD oil is typically not covered by insurance, medical or otherwise. In other words, for every single dose, you will have to pay out of your own pocket. These payments tend to come to approximately $500 a month, on average, but the prices vary widely.
The final amount that you will have to pay will depend on factors such as what exact type of oil you are getting, how high its quality is, where it came from, and what taxes a given state has decided to enforce regarding cannabis or hemp products.
Prefer Not to Purchase it Online
When it comes to taking care of our kids, we can all sometimes go a little coocoo. After all, who cares how crazy an idea might seem, if it can help keep our children alive and well, right? Right. Completely understandable. And if you decide to try and slip some CBD oil into your precious darling’s evening hot coca, we are not about to pitch our noses up and judge.
However, do be vigilant. There are piles of nasty, heartless scammers who play that exact same card. These vultures are looking to cash in on parents’ fear, and so they flood the alternative medicine market with low-quality products that are either just useless or outright dangerous.
Looking at it overall, when it comes to medical cannabis or hemp, staying far away from “blind” online purchase is the best way to go. It poses a risk even for adults, not to mention for young and sensitive children – especially if you are planning to have your kid consume it in regular intervals.
Did you know that even basic supplements, such as vitamins, are actually not approved by the FDA? They just have way too many obscure ingredients in them, and they vary way too much between manufacturers. The CBD oils that you might find online are even worse in that regard. You never really know what you are buying. The companies (or sham “companies”) that make that stuff refuse to disclose their ingredients lists (never mind their manufacturing processes), nor do they provide accurate dosing information.
You can read more about what a parent should know about CBD before using it in a treatment course for their kids here. We will leave you with a final trick: how to get your little precious to actually take their medicine.
You Can Use the Old Trick and Apply it Via Food
We all certainly remember those stupid tricks our parents used to get us to eat something that seemed unappetizing to us. “Here comes the airplanes, open the gates now!” and all that jazz, remember that? Tell you a secret: it still works.
The best way to apply CBD oil is to make it into a tincture. Then, place that right under your child’s tongue or on the side of their cheek (inside the mouth, of course). Good idea, fat chance of execution, as most moms can tell you.
Kids get fussy and stubborn. They do not want to eat your weird oils sometimes. In such cases, the easiest solution is to simply mix up the oil into your child’s food and then get them to eat all of it.
Putting a few drops into a glass of water will obviously backfire. The oil will float around like any other oil and, in the best case, make a weird emulsion. Instead, take advantage if the fact that it is fat-soluble and plant in a glass of milk.
Be aware that the cannabis plant has a characteristic scent, and your child may pick up on that. This is one of the reasons why mixing it into food, milk, or hot cocoa works best – they mask the scent.