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ABCs of CBD

What to Know About CBD

By Gina Johnson, Chemical Health Prevention Specialist

Currently deemed a miracle drug, Cannabidiol or CBD seems to be everywhere right now. But what exactly is CBD? While CBD and THC are both chemical components from the Cannabis plant, unlike THC, it doesn’t make you feel high. Available in the form of pills, vaping, oils, lotions, gummies, coffee, and food. CBD has been praised as a treatment for chronic pain, migraines, ADHD and anxiety. Many business and companies are jumping on the bandwagon to sell this product.

Keep in mind that CBD is a newer product with very little research behind it. Giving it to children, without the research to back its safety and health benefits, may still pose health risks.

A 2017 study in the Journal of the American Medical Association found 70% of CBD products were mislabeled. The study showed trace THC or less CBD concentrate than stated. This is due to the lack of regulation and verifications required by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Vaping CBD is a trend among young people who state it helps relax or calm them.  Even though CBD is legal (if it’s hemp grown) it is still illegal for someone under the age of 18 to possess a vaping device, which can lead to school and legal consequences. It may also negatively interact with other medication the user is taking.

 

So, what should you look for? The use of CBD is fairly discrete because of the different ways to use it along with the minimum side effects and absence of a high. If you suspect your child is using CBD without a doctor’s or your permission, you should question it, and discuss why they are interested in it, how it makes them feel, and why they feel they need it.

Next Steps:

  • Encourage healthy coping skills to deal with stress and anxiety
    • Meditation
    • Gratitude
    • Deep Breathing
    • Walk In Nature
  • org-What Parents Should Know About CBD
  • Seek Professional Help-Medical or Mental Health

 

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