What is CBD? More than a third of parents think it’s the same as marijuana, new report finds

According to a new survey from the University of Michigan Health’s CS Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health, approximately 80% of parents say they know nothing about CBD products.

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The term CBD stands for cannabidiol, a chemical compound found in marijuana and hemp, according to the report. Unlike marijuana, CBD only contains 0.3% tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC. THC is the psychoactive part of marijuana that makes people feel high.

Of the 7% of parents who have given or considered giving a CBD product to their child, only 29% said they had spoken with their child’s pediatrician about its use, CNN reported.

Of the 1,992 parents surveyed nationwide, 35% think CBD and marijuana are more or less the same thing. The parents had children who ranged from birth to 18 years old.

“I think people who fall into this camp would be surprised if they wandered down the aisles of their neighborhood drug store,” said Sarah Clark, co-director of the survey. She is also a Research Scientist in the Department of Pediatrics at the Institute for Healthcare Policy & Innovation at the University of Michigan.

Most CBD products are not regulated by the United States Food and Drug Administration, which means people can buy the items off the shelf.

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The only FDA-approved CBD product for children is Epidiolex, a prescription drug used to treat certain forms of epilepsy, according to Dr. Jennifer Griffith, who was not involved in the study. She is an Assistant Professor of Neurology and Pediatrics in the Division of Pediatric Neurology at Washington University School of Medicine at St. Louis and St. Louis Children’s Hospital.

Very little research has been done on the effects of CBD on children, but some potential benefits from anecdotal stories indicate that it can help children reduce anxiety, pain, and inflammatory conditions, to name a few. just a few, Griffith said.

According to the poll, 83% of parents thought the FDA should regulate CBD products, but only 58% said it would be a very important factor in their decision-making process to give their children CBD products.

Some potential negative side effects may include diarrhea; fatigue, nausea or vomiting; and decreased appetite, Griffith explained.

Talk to your child’s healthcare provider

Adults with CBD products at home should treat them like medicine and keep them out of reach of their children, Clark said.

“CBD can interact with other prescription medications, in some cases dramatically increasing or decreasing the level of the drug in the body, which can cause its own issues,” Griffith said.

Products like CBD gummy bears, for example, are easy for a child to see as candy, and they may decide to eat the whole package, Clark said.

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If parents are considering giving their child a CBD product, Clark advised them to speak with their child’s doctor before doing so.

Along with learning about possible side effects and potential drug interactions, it also alerts the provider to any health issues the child is facing, such as anxiety, she said. The supplier may be able to offer alternatives, Clark explained.

About three-quarters of parents thought children’s CBD products should require a doctor’s prescription.

The bottom line

It’s hard to recommend CBD products for children when there are very few studies showing how they affect young people, Clark said.

“It’s not enough to trust what manufacturers claim, we actually need to have data behind it, and right now we just don’t have enough,” she said. .

Griffith is also skeptical of allowing children to use CBD products due to the potential negative side effects children may face.

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“I don’t recommend CBD for any condition other than epilepsy because I know CBD has real risks and I have no evidence of proven benefit,” she advised.

Griffith also recommended that parents and caregivers check the FDA’s warning list to make sure the CBD product or company isn’t on it. The list is a collection of warning letters to manufacturers that the FDA says have seriously violated FDA regulations. It describes the violation along with a timeline indicating when it should be corrected.

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