Known to relieve people living with a variety of ailments, CBD still continues to be an interesting subject for medical studies for years.

Many people are interested in knowing if CBD is indeed effective as a cure and as a part of a healthy lifestyle. Different studies and real people’s experiences can attest to that. But the pressing question really is, is there an age limit in using CBD?

The answer to this question can help us identify if we can, our loved ones or someone else can benefit from CBD. I aim that after you read everything here, you will gain the best understanding about this matter so that you yourself can decide if CBD is indeed for you.

First things first!

Cannabidiol, or CBD, is a naturally-occurring component extracted from hemp, which people have been growing since ancient times. We have been farming hemp for food and processing into raw materials for clothing, textiles, etc..[1]

CBD from hemp is an organic by-product, which according to studies, actually works with the body to maintain homeostasis – or state of balance. CBD extracts from hemp are generally a low-risk ingredient that interacts naturally with the body.

In general, it is safe for consumption regardless of condition, or even age group.

Why is it controversial?

The stigma surrounding CBD is still there – associating it with the destructive effects of marijuana. And it isn’t a baseless fact, but definitely misinformation.

Although marijuana is of the same plant variety with hemp under the Cannabis sativa family, their difference lies in their active strains – CBD and THC.

The tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, is a dominant strain of the marijuana plant. It is known to cause high sensation to users. Also, THC has highly-addictive properties.

When taken even in small doses, THC can impair your normal actions and thinking. Eventually, its psychoactive effects can have more destructive manifestations on your mental capacities especially when you are a long-term user.

On the other hand, cannabidiol or CBD causes the exact opposite of what THC does. Instead, it works with your body to help regain balance and induce calm. It is also non-psychoactive so you don’t need to worry about having the kick after taking it.

The hemp plant contains CBD and lesser of THC. In fact, the concentration is so small for THC that its effects are negligible.

Now that the air is clear about CBD, it’s time to discover the things you need to consider to derive the maximum benefits from CBD.

Is CBD legal?

Having access to CBD is challenging since we are dealing with its legality. It is actually illegal for many countries in the world to process, sell, acquire, or take CBD.

However, in some states in the US and parts in Europe, you can buy CBD products just like traditional medications – but with controlled doses.

The 2018 Hemp Farming Act [2] allows the farming and processing of CBD within the prescribed limits and regulations. This is for users to have access to high-quality and effective CBD products in the market.

The FDA’s approval of Epidiolex [3] for commercial market release as a medicine for a certain kind of rare epilepsy is definitely a significant breakthrough. In the same way, it is a step closer towards legalizing CBD in more parts of the world.

Because of this, many researchers are pursuing more studies about CBD and its possible cure for other medical conditions.

Will I experience side effects?

Being a low-risk, all-natural ingredient, CBD should not pose side effects to its users. Except though for some instances wherein takers experience some of these:

  • Headaches
  • Dry mouth
  • Lightheadedness
  • Low blood pressure (which could be a concern for some people)

The best way, of course, is to consult your physician before taking in any form of medication or therapy. This goes the same with taking CBD, especially when you are following a specific diet or series of medication.

Are there other things I should be concerned about?

Aside from the controversy surrounding CBD’s legality and its association to marijuana, it is not fully embraced as it claims it should be in the medical society due to some grey areas:

Misdeclaration of CBD concentration

There are irregularities when it comes to the actual content of CBD in different products in the market like tinctures, capsules, creams, balms, etc. Some manufacturers don’t declare the real quantities in their labels which may cause users to intake different doses at different times.

Lack of relevant studies

There are still insufficient research-based pieces of evidence over the potency of CBD when it comes to actual curing of certain diseases. This is particularly concerning the use of human subjects instead of rodents or other laboratory testers.

Possible contamination

CBD is a natural extract from hemp, and in its purest form, can cause a lot of health benefits to its users.

However, it undergoes different processes to turn it into products good for human consumption. During these processes, other ingredients are added for color, scent, or health benefits. This poses a risk of contamination, especially when manufacturers handle them improperly.

Is there an age limit over which people can benefit from CBD?

In general, CBD has an excellent effectiveness profile. This is also true when it comes to safe consumption.

Given the different considerations, you can be a more informed user or guide for someone who wishes to take CBD for their conditions. CBD is safe. Period.

However, manufacturers opt to develop products that are age-appropriate by infusing ingredients that can specifically cater to their individual needs. This is for users to maximize CBD’s potential and reap its full benefits.

CBD for Kids

I hope you will not confuse this section in approving intake for infants. It is rather a critical subject I would like to veer away from for now.

There are several considerations when it comes to introducing CBD for kids. And one of the more important woes of parents is how they could make children take in CBD. [4]

Enter taffy and gummy. The good news is that CBD comes in juicy, sweet and fun forms. Since it is in individual easy-to-chew sizes, you can be sure that your kid is consistent with the dose every time.

Some parents also consider products with organic, non-GMO, and pesticide-free ingredients. There are CBD products that are also vegan-approved.

Some people opt for powders or concentrated ones that dissolve in their kids’ beverage and food.

CBD for Seniors

Usually, the considerations for seniors include intending CBD as a medicine and as a calming ingredient. Seniors can greatly benefit from CBD in easing muscle pains, chronic pain, and sleep problems.

Generally, seniors can tolerate all kinds of CBD products. Some studies support the possibility of CBD to alleviate cancer symptoms, improves blood circulation [5] Parkinson’s disease, arthritis, and Multiple Sclerosis.

CBD for Adults (as a lifestyle)

Innovations like CBD-infused skincare line and vape juices appeal to a number of young to middle-aged users. This not only promotes health benefits but also a healthy (and cool) lifestyle.

My final thoughts

When it comes to research and learning about known or possible consequences can definitely help you navigate your way through the CBD lifestyle. CBD is safe and known to aid in helping our bodies gain back its natural and healthy state.

As we strive to look for alternative means to cure the conditions that keep us from getting the life we deserve, CBD is definitely worth considering. CBD aims to help people in all walks of life and ages attain the relief they need to reclaim their life once again.

References:

1 Hemp, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hemp.

2 H.R.5485 – Hemp Farming Act of 2018, https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/5485

3 FDA approves first drug comprised of an active ingredient derived from marijuana to treat rare, severe forms of epilepsy, https://www.fda.gov/news-events/press-announcements/fda-approves-first-drug-comprised-active-ingredient-derived-marijuana-treat-rare-severe-forms

4 CBD Oil for Kids: Is It Safe for Children with ADHD & Anxiety? https://www.hmhb.org/cbd-oil-for-kids/

5 Is the cardiovascular system a therapeutic target for cannabidiol? https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3579247/