Are you a parent who benefits from CBD? Every parent wants the best for their children and obviously you wouldn’t be here if you had some concerns about whether or not CBD is right to give to your kids. We cover all this and more in one guide on CBD gummies for kids.
What Are CBD Gummies?
CBD gummies are a warming, childlike way to get the benefits of CBD. They are like your typical gummies, but infused with the safe and beneficial cannabinoid, CBD. Gummies vary between brands in ingredients, amounts of CBD, sizes, shapes, and prices.
Are CBD Gummies For Kids Safe?
Studies by the World Health Organization indicates CBD to be relatively safe, non-toxic, and having a low possibility of abuse. Let’s break down the safety of CBD gummies for kids. The main concern adults are challenged with about sharing the benefits of CBD with their kids are (1) they don’t want their kids to get high and (2) they wonder if giving any amount of THC to my child even safe?
Problem No. 1: Will CBD Make My Child High
We could tell you here and now that no, CBD will not make you or you child get high, but there’s a little more to it. Understand this, CBD does not have high psychoactive potential. THC is psychoactive, what can alter the mind or give the “high” feeling, not CBD.
Full spectrum CBD gummies, or any full spectrum product, on average and by law will contain no more than 0.3% THC. This is a very minuscule amount, definitely not enough to get one high. Regardless, CBD gummies should not be consumed in excess. Never take more than the suggested serving size.
Problem No. 2: Is Giving Any Amount of THC to My Child Even Safe?
This is completely up to the parent. We have explained how by law, hemp derived CBD products must not contain more than 0.3% THC and that these are known as full spectrum. If THC is a no no for parents, there are two options.
CBD Gummy Options For Kids
There are three CBD gummy options for kids. CBD gummies can be made with two hemp extracts and one powder form, called isolate. Let’s get into these types of gummies.
Full spectrum CBD gummies are made with CBD and other beneficial cannabinoids found in the hemp plant. This gummy type includes the federally compliant 0.3% THC.
0%THC CBD gummies are made from just CBD. The end process here, removes the THC to less than 0.01%. There is a non-detectable amount of THC included in these gummies.
Isolate CBD gummies are made from highly concentrated CBD, namely a powder containing a non-detectable amount of THC.
A 0.3% THC level is the safe, federally legal amount allowed in CBD gummies. When consumed, this amount will not alter your perception or your child’s mind in any significant way. The safety of extraction method used to produce the product is more concerning than the 0.3% amount of THC.
Read World Health Organization’s Study
How Are CBD Gummies Made?
CBD gummies are first made with extraction equipment. Safety of all CBD consumable products depends primarily on the extraction behind the scenes. With any regular or new CBD consumers, one should always look at how your products are made.
Extraction is the means of technology that separation scientists use to extract cannabinoids from the hemp plant. We will compare the two most popular extraction methods, ethanol and CO2, and see which is the safest.
Risks of Denatured Ethanol Extraction
Extraction processes use solvents. The two main solvents for ethanol extraction are denatured ethanol and food grade ethanol.
Denatured ethanol, although much cheaper than food grade ethanol, carries the risk of potentially left behind chemical contaminants or residuals. There are many unanswered questions when it comes to denatured ethanol’s effect on the human body overtime even in small amounts. Although it is used as an extraction solvent, denatured ethanol is unfit for human consumption and resembles poison to the human body.
Denatured ethanol extraction risks cross contamination almost always, making this extraction process for CBD gummies a hazard and potential health risk. Unknown chemical contaminants may be found in your gummies if they are processed in this way.
Even food grade ethanol has its disadvantages. Parents must be aware that although food grade ethanol is safer, it is still alcoholic in nature even if it is all removed.
The Safest Extraction Method
Let’s compare CO2 extraction to the previous method. This extraction method uses pressurized carbon dioxide as the choice solvent. CO2 extraction is the cleanest consumer friendly extraction method for CBD gummies. It has been used in the food and pharmaceutical industries for many years.
Cost efficient, clean and green for the producer, consumer, and environment, and risking no cross contamination within the process, CO2 extraction is the safest method for CBD consumers. hōlus uses CO2 extraction for this reason when making CBD products.
Taking time to find out the extraction process behind your gummies could save you and your family from potential dangers. Gummies are a fun, hassle free way of experiencing the natural, holistic benefits of CBD when processed correctly.
Can My Child Overdose On CBD Gummies?
Because CBD gummies come close to resembling a regular gummy, many parents are set off by the idea that their child could overdose. Can a child potentially overdose on CBD gummies?
CBD is a very beneficial cannabinoid nurtured by the earth. Can one overdose on this plant derived compound? Or if they contain less than 0.3% THC, how much is too much? If your child should happen to get ahold of seven gummies and eat them all, the worst that could happen is that the child could become very drowsy and possibly fall asleep. Weight, metabolism, and stomach contents could also play a role in the effects.
It is recommended that CBD gummies be placed in a non-reachable area where kids can’t potentially eat more than recommended. It is not possible for your child(ren) to overdose on CBD gummies, but depending on the sweetness of the brand, they could pose a temptation to younger children.
Benefits of CBD Gummies For Kids
Do CBD gummies have any benefits? Is it worth my money to have my kids try CBD gummies? CBD gummies can serve a variety of purposes including reducing anxiousness, promoting relaxation, helping improve the quality of rest, and supporting focus.
Stress isn’t exclusive to adults, kids get stressed too. You may be the parent who tries to avoid grocery shopping with your kids, saving you and your kids ultimate stress. CBD has a very calming affect toward our bodies. Gummies are a sneaky and tasty way to promote relaxation and decrease anxiousness, for you and your family, during stressful times, like grocery shopping.
Our sleeping needs fluctuate with life. The average school-age child sleeps roughly ten hours a night (Williams, Jessica; Zimmerman, Frederick; Bell, Janice, 2018). The average young adult should typically get eight hours, but is often not the case, especially for student athletes.
CBD promotes better sleep quality and quantity by influencing endocannabinoid receptors involved in activating sleep, thereby enhancing our rest. The human body is extremely complex and unique, check out how CBD gummies for sleep works to benefit your child’s nightly sleep schedule.
Kids get distracted. CBD gummies could support better focus for tasks at hand. CBD interacts with our endocannabinoid system. The main job of the ECS is to maintain homeostasis, or our bodies natural resting state. This system welcomes in natural cannabinoids like CBD to support balancing this state. CBD promotes overall wellbeing by supporting this balance and ultimately better focus.
Occasional or Daily CBD Gummies For Kids?
There are many benefits in blending CBD into your kid’s lives on the daily; however, family size could make CBD gummies run dry like that family sized bag of cereal you bought just yesterday.
Some parents wonder if CBD should be treated as a vitamin, taken on the daily, or like a candy, every now and then. CBD is not considered to be a supplement or drug by the FDA. CBD gummies are not candies and should not be treated as such, nor do they carry a substantial amount of vitamins.
Because these gummies are typically sweet, many parents choose occasional over daily. While costs may be the downside of consistently having your kids have CBD, consistency allows for measurement and visual results over time. Every family is unique and parents may prefer daily usage for their kids over occasional for the noticeable benefits.
Are CBD Gummies Legal For Minors?
The Food and Drug Administration regulates all CBD products within the United States. In the FDA Smart Regulation of CBD Products PDF, certain products – such as smokable flower or vaping oils – should only be sold and used by legal adults (21+). Over other CBD products, including topicals, tinctures, and edibles, there is no specified age restriction.
CBD is federally legal as long as it contains no more than 0.3% THC; however, as clarified by the FDA there are some adult CBD products that should not be taken by minors like vape cartridges. There are many unknown aspects about CBD still being researched; however, by the FDA including the effect of CBD on developing minds, such as children who take CBD.
Will CBD Gummies Affect My Child’s Mental State?
Marijuana is different from CBD. Marijuana contains a plethora of naturally occurring cannabinoids in cannabis with no restrictions on THC levels. CBD is just one cannabinoid that does not incite a psychoactive effect. CBD products may contain THC, but it is a very insignificant amount that will not affect your child’s mental stability.
Parent Tips For CBD Gummies For Kids
CBD gummy options can get any parents’ head spinning, let’s hear some of the best tips for parents interested in CBD gummies for kids.
Start With CBD Gummies
CBD gummies are a child friendly and beginner friendly way to get started in the holistic benefits of CBD. Some may be more squishy, firm, or sugary than others, but typically they will look familiar to your child.
Start Low and Start Slow
It is never a bad idea to start low, even slow with CBD for kids. The same can be said with adults unfamiliar with CBD products. Rule of thumb, always start with the suggested serving size on your CBD gummies pouch or jar of choice.
Look At Ingredients
Ingredients differ between gummies. Some may contain sugar, corn syrup, or gelatin and other’s may not. hōlus CBD gummies contain just one gram of organic sugar per gummy. All ingredients included in these gummies are 100% organic and vegan.
Check CBD Potency
Double check CBD potency. CBD gummies range from 10-30mg in CBD per gummy. Experimentation on potency may be needed as each child is unique in weight and need.
There are many CBD gummies brands, prices, flavors, and types of gummies on the market. You will encounter organic, vegan, sugar free, and more when you begin your search. Explore all your options for the best safety methods behind the scenes, gummy types, pricing, and flavor options.
hōlus has a variety of counts in both full spectrum organic CBD gummies pouch and 0%THC CBD gummies. Either is a great option when trying CBD gummies for kids. All of hōlus’ full spectrum CBD gummies are infused with 20mg CBD, certified USDA organic, and made with the cleanest and safest extraction technology in the United States.