According to the collected data, 80% of parents noted a decline in problematic behaviors, with 62% reporting great improvements. Half of the examined children showed improved communication, and 40% of parents reported significant decreases in their children’s anxiety (5).
But how exactly does CBD work for anxiety disorders?
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Several steps are involved in the production of CBD oil; each of them is a make-or-break factor.
Most parents choose the sublingual method, which involves placing a few CBD oil drops beneath the kid’s tongue. Once there, they need to hold it for about 30–60 seconds until the oil gets absorbed into the bloodstream, then swallow.
CBD is a highly versatile supplement that has a special relationship with our endocannabinoid system.
Learn about the specific health benefits of CBD for common health problems or symptoms experienced by children of all ages.
However, CBD can be used to address anxiety in the short term. This is especially useful for managing anxiety after, particularly stressful events.
The Health Benefits of CBD in Children
Almost immediately after giving their daughter a high-CBD cannabis extract, she virtually stopped having seizures. She went from having a few hundred per week to just a handful each week. Some days, she didn’t even have one.
Children often experience anxiety — whether it’s from nutritional deficiencies, pressures at home or school, or difficulties making friends. It’s normal, and most children manage to get through a rough period without the need for powerful pharmaceutical medications.
Nothing alcohol-related should be given to children. Most tinctures are alcohol-based and should, therefore, be avoided. There are, however, CBD companies referring to their CBD oils as tinctures. Therefore, always double-check the ingredients on products sold as tinctures to confirm the content.
Example: A 30-pound toddler is advised by their naturopathic doctor to take 15-30 mg of CBD per day, split over 3 doses and taken with food. Each drop yields 2.4 mg of CBD so it’s easy to ‘titrate’ the dose.
NuLeaf CBD Dose Titration for Adults A starting dose of CBD for adults is .5mg per pound of body weight. A140-pound adult should take 75 milligrams of CBD daily: take 1.5 ml of NuLeaf Naturals Full Spectrum CBD Oil split across 3 doses per day. There are about 5ml in a teaspoon, so best to take this via drops: 10 drops yield 24 mg CBD. If desired results are not obtained and the CBD is well tolerated, you can double the dose after one week and then wait two more weeks to measure results. If you again have not achieved the desired results you can go as high as 2mg/pound/day under guidance of a doctor who is knowledgeable on CBD. Example: A 140-pound adult is advised to take 70 mg of CBD daily (.5mg of CBD per pound of body weight) split over 3 doses taken with food. Final Notes
CBD Dose Titration for Children
In Health, Dr. Coleen Murphy ND, LAc.
A good starting point for general pediatric CBD dosing is to start with .5mg CBD per pound of body weight, split across 3 doses per day. For example, a thirty-pound toddler would take 2 drops, 3 times per day for starting dose of 15 mg CBD. CBS is generally well tolerated but if you have concerns for sensitivity to CBD then start with just one drop (2.4 mg of NuLeaf Naturals CBD) the first time you administer CBD for pediatric use. Returning to the example of the 30-pound toddler, if no adverse effects are noted after two weeks of CBD therapy, I may advise to increase the therapeutic dose to 30 mg CBD daily, which is 4 drops 3X per day. This is a therapeutic dose that you can increase under medical supervision and in response to the therapeutic need. CBD has a stellar safety profile, but all cannabis products are biphasic which means they could have significant side effects at both very low or very high doses. Use of CBD to treat pediatric epilepsy could employ a 5-10X higher dose but this is obviously an extreme use case. Each condition I treat with CBD necessitates an individual prescription for the patient to achieve exact dose titration.
Hi-Great question. These guidelines are based on sub-lingual administration. It is best to drop the CBD under the tongue and allow 30 seconds before swallowing. This will allow for sub-lingual absorption, thus bypassing the digestive tract.