We hear from many parents who ask us if CBD is safe to take around kids, so in this article, we’re going to explore this question a bit and clear up some common misconceptions. Cannabis products are emerging just about everywhere on the market, both for recreational and medicinal use. And while there are so many CBD products out there, many don’t quite understand the difference between THC and CBD, the side effects, or how CBD works. So it’s no surprise they’re worried about how safe it is to take around their kids.
THC and CBD
Let’s start with the biggest question: “Is CBD going to get me high?” THC, or delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, is the compound in marijuana that overstimulates the endocannabinoid system, causing a high feeling. CBD does not do this, and in fact, it can buffer the high effect that marijuana produces. CBD may promote a sense of calmness or sleepiness, but it won’t produce any psychoactive effects or make you unable to care for children.
Full-spectrum CBD products must have a THC content of less than 0.3% to be considered legal. This is not enough THC to produce any psychoactive effects. However, there is a caveat. If you have purchased a THC/CBD product from a dispensary with a higher concentration of THC (some have 50/50 blends, for example), you may feel effects from the THC content. Be sure to read the label to determine how much THC is in the product.
Side Effects of CBD
All right, so what should you expect when you use cannabidiol? The side effects are typically pretty mild. If you’re currently taking a prescription medication, it might be a good idea to get in touch with your pharmacist to see if there are any interactions to be aware of. Here are the most commonly reported side effects of CBD:
- Dry mouth
- Lightheadedness (from lowered blood pressure)
- If using topicals, watch for signs of allergic reaction or rash
- Changes in appetite
- Changes in mood
If you notice any disconcerting side effects that interfere with your ability to keep up with your kiddos, we recommend discontinuing your use or trying a lower dose.
Storing Your CBD Products
If you do have kids in the house, be cautious about how and where you store your products. We recommend you treat your CBD oil the same way you would your prescription medications. Store them in their original packaging out of reach, and locked, if possible. Keeping CBD in a cool, dark place is ideal for keeping it fresh, too!
If Your Child Gets Into Your CBD
While CBD is considered generally safe, precautions must be taken. For example, if your child accidentally ingests CBD and is taking a prescription medication, a call to the pharmacy or Poison Control can determine if any adverse reactions might occur and if any action is needed.
But perhaps the biggest concern is whether or not what’s in the bottle is actually CBD. Many CBD companies have come under fire for marketing product labels as containing cannabidiol when there was little-to-no CBD in the bottle. What’s even more concerning is synthetic CBD used instead of hemp-derived CBD. Synthetic cannabis, such as spice or K2, can cause serious health issues and even death. This is why third-party lab testing is so important–it’s a guarantee that what is on the label is actually in the bottle.
If you’re a parent who is considering using cannabidiol, we hope this article has helped to clear up any questions you have. Store it carefully away from children, and be sure to buy only third-party lab-tested products. And when it’s time to enjoy some calm moments at the end of a long day, check out Danu Apothecary’s full line-up of CBD oil, vegan CBD gummies, topicals, and more!