Some medicinal drugs remain a relatively controversial topic as research on the benefits they provide is slim. For example, CBD is a chemical compound extracted from cannabis, a euphoria-producing plant. For this reason alone, people often overlook using CBD medicinally.
However, CBD has quite the healing properties for adults and children. Doctors prescribe and treat adults with it, but giving CBD to children with mental health issues is still not a much-implemented practice. Pediatricians in some countries are now treating children with CBD as it does benefit them significantly.
So, what do pediatricians say about CBD for children? Should children be treated with CBD? How does it benefit them medically? Let’s explore and find out.

Pediatricians’ Take on CBD for Children
Pediatricians claim that they’ve had patients whose parents request them give their children CBD for treatment. CBD is known for significant healing properties, but the persisting problem is that research on it is still ongoing. Nevertheless, adults have great things to say about CBD as it has helped them improve their health quite a bit.
However, children are a different age group altogether, so their brain functioning and body responses vary from adults. Pediatricians do believe in the positive effects of CBD, but they can’t risk treating any child with CBD unless there’s evidential research backing CBD’s use in children’s treatments.
Using CBD for treating children with neurological isn’t as much a risk considering a few pediatricians have treated a few of their patients with it. However, it still isn’t legal for pediatricians to prescribe CBD for their patients, robbing them of the authority to normalize CBD as a drug to treat neurological conditions in their patients.
Reasons for Lack of Research
Research on the subject is lacking because specialists cannot use children as samples to study CBD’s effects on them. Since they don’t entirely know how children will react to the CBD in their system, they can’t risk it. As a result, specialists struggle to back up claims regarding CBD’s positive effects on a child with neurological conditions.
However, pediatricians claim that CBD’s benefits outweigh its evidence, and they keep getting patients whose parents request them to ingest CBD in their children’s system to provide pain relief. Every child is different, making their brains function differently, and pediatricians now claim to get requests for all sorts of reasons, one of them to boost their child’s cognitive functioning.
CBD’s use for treating children isn’t legal yet, but one way it’s proven highly effective is in complex pediatric seizure disorders. Pediatricians are backing up this claim as evidence agrees with this theory. These seizure disorders include tuberous sclerosis, Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, and Dravet syndrome. Unfortunately, literature doesn’t support this claim, and this evidence is more practical than theoretical.

Obstacles in Legalizing CBD for Children
The biggest obstacle in legalizing CBD for treating children is that it’s still unclear what the appropriate dose of CBD should treat children. Different disorders require different treatments, which include precise amounts. Since the one-size-fits-all solution cannot treat neurological conditions, it’s considered safe not to dabble with a drug whose dosages aren’t established yet.
Luckily, pediatricians are conducting research by themselves. They are thoroughly studying and experimenting with CBD to be more precise on the proper dosage to treat complex seizure disorders in children. One way they’re doing so is by using CBD oil to become more aware of what the correct dose should be. Pediatricians use oils that don’t contain much CBD and THC to stay on the safe side.
One concern that persists within parents is that they think their children might get addicted if pediatricians use CBD to treat them. However, these fears are unfounded since CBD doesn’t produce a high. In addition, if CBD oil contains more CBD than THC, parents have nothing to worry about. This study is still ongoing, but results so far have been beneficial.
However, CBD’s use is limited as pediatricians haven’t conducted this study in a large group of children. However, in general, CBD is said to have significant effects on the human brain as it enhances cognitive functioning while promoting brain growth. Therefore, it’s only a matter of time until CBD officially becomes legal as a medicinal drug to treat children with neurological conditions.

Further Development
Since research is pretty slim, pediatricians worldwide are forming their research groups. They are studying the effects of cannabis and the chemical compounds they contain, mainly CBD and THC. In the meantime, pediatricians are steering clear of using CBD as a treatment drug for children and teenagers with neurological conditions.
The good news is that pediatricians are initiating clinical trials that analyze and explore the effects of CBD within the younger lot. It’s expected that CBD’s use for medical purposes within children shall normalize with the proper research and adequate evidence backing the claim that CBD does have positive effects on children who experience conditions like migraines, tics, autism, behavioral issues, and movement disorders.
Pediatricians expect the research to take time, but results will soon be fruitful as long as clinical trials continue expanding. However, pediatricians say it’ll require plenty of patience to keep researching the matter since CBD remains a controversial topic mainly due to its source – cannabis.

Final Thoughts
It isn’t clear how CBD is different from its source, cannabis, a plant that contains highly psychoactive chemical compounds. However, CBD isn’t the same as cannabis’s other chemical compounds, namely THC.
CBD and THC interact with the brain’s receptors, and the endocannabinoid system (ECR) is very different. CBD doesn’t slow the brain down to the extent that the person ingesting it experiences a downer. However, it soothes the mind and the body, relieving them of pain.
For this reason, doctors consider CBD to be a medicinal drug enriched with medical benefits. Modern medicine has gone through plenty of changes, and drugs are now being explored more thoroughly to study the bigger picture they provide.