To start with, the product has been said to have anti-depressant, anti-epileptic, and anti-inflammatory properties among many others. Despite these benefits, the true potential of the product has not been realized because of the restrictive laws that still govern research and use of cannabinoid-related products. The laws have left the prerogative of using CBD oil on the parents. In order to understand the oil, it is important to dissipate some myths and probably help parents who want to keep their kids healthy.
The Oil is Non-Psychoactive
One of the key concerns of most parents is the effect of cannabinoids on the brain. THC is widely known to be a potent element in cannabis and it has psychoactive effects. THC is not the only cannabinoid in cannabis though. There are indeed over 100 cannabinoids in cannabis and they all come with different properties.
CBD oil contains less than 2% of THC and is legal to sell. THC has some benefits to the body as well. It is, for instance, a great anti-inflammatory and analgesic compound. But since it mostly has psychoactive effects in large concentrations, the benefits are not fully realized. CBD oil, on the other hand, has a very mild presence of THC and thus the therapeutic properties are concentrated. It is thus legally sold in the UK as it is safe for children.
Side Effects Associated With CBD Oil
You can generally expect to find some side effects with CBD oil. The level and extent of these side effects though are not ascertained especially because a lot of keenness has not been put into studying cannabinoids. The many inhibiting laws have only made it more difficult to have conclusive details of the side effects.
There have however been reported cases of side effects when the oil was consumed in overdose. Some of these side effects include drowsiness, dry mouth, low blood pressure and lightheadedness among others.
Much more insight will be available with broader research. So far though, CBD oil has been established to be safe when consumed within the prescribed limits. Studies like the 2011 NCBI review established that cannabinoids in CBD actually did not possess any side effects. The study authenticated the use of CBD as a safe product that does not have any physiological side effects and thus fit for use for both humans and animals.
There have been other studies done over the years and a noteworthy breakthrough study was done on epileptic children who had found no other remedy. When these children were given large amounts of CBD over a one-year period, they recorded over a 30% reduction in epileptic seizures. The side effects recorded on the children were also not severe with mild diarrhea, lack of appetite and drowsiness being the only side effects.