This story was published in Ganjapreneur on March 8, 2022, by TG Branfalt.
Their headline is “Few Parents know about CBD use in Children”
A recent poll by the University of Michigan’s Mott Children’s Hospital sampled 1,992 parents with at least one child between the age 3-18. Most parents polled (80%) either did not know much about CBD use in children or never heard of it prior to the poll. I might have stopped the poll right there. Apparently, it is of some value to the authors to ask parents about something they don’t know much about.
Seventeen percent of parents reported knowing something about CBD and children. Only three percent said they knew a lot.
Despite not knowing about CBD, 73% of parents optimistically thought CBD might be a good option for children when other medications don’t work. The factors that are important to parents in deciding whether to give CBD to children are its side effects. 83% thought CBD products should be regulated by the FDA, and about three quarters say CBD for children should require a doctor’s prescription.
About one third thought taking CBD is basically the same as using marijuana. (By marijuana, I assume they mean Cannabis with more than 0.3% THC.)
Most (93%) parents have never given or considered giving their child a CBD product.
2% have given their child a CBD product, while 4% have considered giving CBD to their child; 1% say their child has used CBD without their permission.
Among the small percentage of parents who have given or considered giving CBD to their children, the most common reasons included anxiety (51%), sleep problems (40%), ADHD (33%), muscle pain (20%), autism (19%), and to make their child feel better in general (13%).
This poll highlights the limited knowledge that most parents have about CBD and children.
Parents might do anything for a sick child, especially when other medications are not working.
Would you give a sick child CBD? Would you give THC?
Jean Talleyrand, M.D.,