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Studies Show CBD May Help Kids with Anxiety Issues

Several research studies show promise in the area of therapeutic uses for cannabidiol (CBD) regarding illness in children. CBD has grown in popularity as a non-intoxicating aid that helps reduce symptoms of several conditions. It’s credited for easing anxiety, helping with sleep disorders, inflammation and seizures.

Pediatric research involving the benefits of CBD cover various disorders and abnormalities. Here are some of the most promising areas of study.

Epileptic Seizures in Children:

Harvard Medical School regarding cannabidiol  says, “CBD has been touted for a wide variety of health issues, but the strongest scientific evidence is for its effectiveness in treating some of the cruelest childhood epilepsy syndromes…” CBD has shown to be effective against the debilitating seizures associated with Lennox-Gastaut and Dravet syndromes. These two syndromes are typically non-responsive to anti-seizure medications.

The University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) and the UM School of Pharmacy are conducting research on the effects of CBD in children suffering from seizures.

Some patients in this study group had epilepsy so severe that the ability to speak, walk or perform simple self-care activities was impossible. All study participants have experienced relief from using the CBD oil. Dramatic results such as the ability to accompany parents on routine trips to the grocery were noted. Doctor’s reported in one patient; “We had a teenage patient say ‘mom’ to the patient’s mother for the first time ever.”

So promising were the results that the initial six months has recently been extended an additional year. Researchers suggest that their research will open the door for new uses of this compound.

Fragile X Syndrome:

The University of Washington is conducting clinical trials for the treatment of Fragile X Syndrome. Fragile X is a rare disorder that falls under the umbrella of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Fragile X exhibits itself in social awkwardness through difficulty in communicating with others, irritability, repetitive behavior, and restricted interests.

Twenty-one cites around the globe, including the United States, New Zealand and Australia will be participating in the study.

Researchers seek to develop a CBD gel, that would provide relief by reducing irritability and increasing social functionality. Participants parents would be required to apply the gel twice daily. The gel form is far easier and less intrusive to administer than oral forms of CBD. Currently there is no cure for Fragile X.

Pediatric Anxiety and Insomnia – A Case Study:

The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), through the U. S. National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health, cites a case study in its Permanente Journal. The case study references the use of CBD to alleviate anxiety and insomnia in a ten-year old who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). 

The PTSD manifests itself in numerous self-destructive behaviors, anxiety, restlessness, and the inability to concentrate. The patient was treated with a regimen of pharmaceutical drugs that provided some relief. This relief, however, was fleeting and temporary. The pharmaceuticals also levied severe side effects.

Attending physicians understood CBD oil is recognized as a natural treatment in lieu of pharmaceuticals for relief of anxiety and sleeplessness. With permission from the child’s grandmother (who has permanent custody), doctors allowed the prescription medications to run their course before putting the patient on a graduated protocol of CBD supplements at night and sublingual CBD spray as necessary during the day.

The CBD treatments resulted in decreased anxiety and increased sleep. The patient’s behavior became less destructive; so much so that the following school year was incident free.

Researchers are breaking ground concerning the use of CBD products for treatments of various conditions in children. Terra Vida online provides many of the products cited in the research studies. Our products are high quality, organic, and GMP certified. We carry CBD in drop, gelatin capsule, cream, gummy and of course oil form. Our catalog is too large to list here. Please visit our website to explore our expansive inventory. Terra Vida online welcomes your calls and emails.

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