Should parents be concerned about using or storing CBD products in the home?

Published Oct 3, 2019 12:06 p.m. ET
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Now that so many consumers are becoming interested in all-natural therapies, it is important to talk about the potential for problems when they are utilized in a home with children. If you are familiar with marijuana edibles, then you’ll probably already know that those kinds of THC infused options aren’t legal to give to children. The thing is that the reason behind this rule of thumb is that THC is psychoactive and mind-altering which can lead to some pretty intense sensations, especially if consumed by a child.

Cannabis goods should always be kept behind lock and key or at least out of reach from youth, but are CBD products the same, or is there a different set of rules that parents should be considering?  Here we will help to clear the air about some of the most common myths surrounding CBD products, including any possible adverse impacts if they were to make their way into the hands of your kids.

What is CBD?

Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of over 100 different cannabinoids that is produced by the cannabis plant. It is considered to be active and often referred to as a primary cannabinoid, as we now know so much about its presence and use as medicine.

IS CBD toxic?

CBD products including creams, salves, balms, ointments and ingestible are entirely non-toxic, which is why we don’t have to worry about an overdose of this element. If a child were to use CBD products of any kind, the chances of an adverse reaction are minimal, and it most definitely will not harm them physically.

Is CBD psychoactive?


CBD is an active element, but that is because of its incredibly powerful abilities to heal the body and mind. Adults do not ingest CBD products to get high because they are not mind-altering in any way.

CBD oil side effects

If you are a parent who uses CBD products, then it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with the possible adverse effects for both yourself and in case of accidental ingestion by children. Though none of these impacts will last longer than a few hours, it’s good to know what to look out for. If you do see any of the adverse listed effects below, then make sure that they stay hydrated and well-rested until the uncomfortable sensations pass.

  • Mood changes
  • Reduction or increase in appetite
  • Diarrhea
  • Dry mouth
  • Dizziness
  • Vomiting/Nausea

How to safely store CBD products away from children

Just because a substance isn’t mind-altering or toxic, that doesn’t mean that your kids should be ingesting it. All possible adverse reactions aside, CBD products are an expensive treatment that you don’t want to waste or run out of. The best way to store your therapeutic aid out of the hands of kids while still keeping them safe from degrading elements, like heat or light, is to invest in a humidity-controlled storage box that sits under lock and key. Then it can be kept in any discreet location including the top shelf of a kitchen or bathroom closet, for an extra barrier of safety that can help to ease your fears surrounding the possibility of your CBD products ending up in the wrong hands.

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