I am not getting any perks to writing my opinion of CBD oil. This is merely my experience.
My kid was out of control in school. He was having complete and utter meltdowns in his first-grade classroom. I mean the kind that had school staff restraining him for the safety of himself and of the other kids in the school.
Not only was he having massive meltdowns, but he was failing in almost every subject. He was unable to focus, unable to track words to write on his paper, and he was beyond frustrated trying to keep up with everyone else in the class.
I disciplined my child daily. I tried being consistent, praising him for good days, and talking to him about different ways to control his emotions. Nothing seemed to work. You see, my child has severe anxiety, ADHD, and there had been talking of dyslexia. Discipline wasn’t going to fix it.
I was at my wit's end and on the verge of taking him into the doctor to get him to put on highly toxic, amphetamines or antipsychotic meds. As a parent of a child already on these harsh medications, I didn’t want to go that route again.
So, I started researching CBD, its benefits, and the legality of giving it to my child.
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What is CBD?
As I began to research, I wanted to know what CBD was and how it affected people and more specifically what it was going to do to my child. Here is what I found.
CBD is actually an acronym for Cannabidiol which is one of over 100 different cannabinoids that can be extracted from marijuana and hemp plants. However, unlike THC the main ingredient in the “drug,” pot, CBD does not make a person high.
The Endocannabinoid System
I also found that within all of our bodies, we have an endocannabinoid system. This system is a very complex system that is found throughout the body including in your nervous system and brain.
This system has receptors for cannabinoids. Our body actually creates its own cannabinoid compounds that bind to these receptors. What?! So, this means that when we take CBD, it binds to the receptors in the endocannabinoid system. We have two main cannabinoid receptors: CB1 and CB2.
When cannabidiol or CBD enters the body, it activates these receptors. The CB1 receptors are found primarily in the brain (hypothalamus, hippocampus, and amygdala), in the nervous system, the intestines, connective tissue, gonads, and other glands.
As you can see, CB1 receptors being activated can have an effect throughout the body which includes the following:
- Relieving depression
- Lowering blood pressure
- Decreasing intestinal problems
- Increasing brain-derived neurotrophic factor (vital to learning, working memory, and higher thinking).
- Lowering anxiety
- Reducing fear
As CB1 receptors work on the brain and nervous system, CB2 receptors are found throughout the body in the spleen, tonsils, thymus, immune cells, monocytes, macrophages, B and T cells, and microglia.
Changes in the CB2 receptors can quite literally affect every type of human disease whether it is cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, neurodegenerative, psychiatric, or autoimmune. It even plays into kidney function, bone and skin health, pain, and even cancer.
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Is CBD Safe For Kids?
So, you can imagine my thrill to find such a miracle “drug,” but of course as a loving parent, I didn’t want to give my kids something that would hurt them, or I could get him taken away for. Therefore, I continued my research…..
Although there is not a lot of research on the effects of CBD on kids, there was a lot of research on parents giving it to children with epilepsy and severe seizures. Children who were given this miracle “drug” were having fewer seizures and no side effects. You can find more information on this at the Epilepsy Foundation.
You should also take time to read about Charlotte’s story.
As I continued my research, I found only two negative side effects to CBD oil. These were drowsiness and dry mouth. If you look up adderall or Risperidone which are two common treatments for children like my son, you will see how shocked I was.
So, to answer this question, YES, it seems safe to use with kids. However, I would always suggest talking with your doctor as I did.
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Is It Legal to Give CBD to Kids?
My last question was whether or not I could get into trouble by giving CBD to my child. I mean I knew I wasn’t giving them a high or treating my child with anything that would hurt him, but I didn’t want the good old Child Protective Services knocking on my door.
Because CBD is not legal to use in all 50 states, I really had to delve into whether it was legal in my state. Of course, it is being sold everywhere, but I wasn’t really sure what the laws were.
What I found was that luckily in the state of Indiana, CBD has been approved by the FDA for recreational use of CBD. However, the level of THC in each bottle must be less than .03%. Most are within those guidelines, however, be leary of those claiming to have 0% because it is nearlly impossible to get 0% THC.
I also found that there was a case in Indiana in which CPS threatened to remove a girl from the custody of her parents because they gave her CBD for seizures. However, the case was dropped and the girl was never removed.
So, my conclusion is that the DEA probably have bigger fish to fry than me buying my child a bottle of CBD oil. However, I would recommend talking to your doctor and doing some research in your state!
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How CBD Turned My Child’s Grades Around in School
Needless to say, I decided with the benefits of relieving anxiety, increasing brain-derived neurotrophic, and even the negative drowsy effect, that CBD could positively impact my son in school.
So, I started dosing him with CBD Oil
Within the first day of giving my son CBD oil, I noticed an incredible difference! In fact, so did he. He actually started asking me if he could have some CBD when he got home from school to help with his homework.
Now, I have to be honest, we still had rough days, but they were few and far between. My son has been getting CBD for the last 2-months now. Here is how it went down!
During the first two weeks, his behavior at school improved. He was having only 2 outbreaks a week instead of 5. He was still struggling to keep up with assignments but was bringing them home and getting them done at home.
Over the course of a month, he began having less and fewer outbursts. He started to feel more confident about his school work and his ability to read. He had only had 1 outburst in 2 weeks. His grades were improving. He was getting 50% instead of 0%. He also brought less homework home.
I switched to giving him gummies as a treat to doing so well. We are now in our second month on CBD and the principal and teacher are in utter shock. They don’t know what changed. My son is bringing home 88% on spelling tests 100% on sight word tests, and becoming a helper to other students struggling in math. He has not had one outbreak in 3 weeks.
Not only do I see changes at school, but I see them at home. He is getting along better with siblings, his anxiety seems to be lowered, and he is actively wanting to continue to learn.
I do believe CBD is having a huge impact on my son and is giving him what he needs to perform better at home and at school.
However, with the fear of the unknown, we do not discuss treating our son with CBD with anyone at the school. We only discuss what is happening with our doctor.
I do believe changes at school such as a behavior chart and modified work have helped my son adapt; however, I do not believe it would have worked as well without the use of CBD oil.
If you have a child that has ADHD, autism, epilepsy, or some other behavior problem, I would encourage you to talk to your doctor about Nuvelio Naturals CBD oil.
If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to leave a comment below and I will do my best to get back to you! Good Luck!