Can You Use CBD Vape Pens For Reactive Attachment Disorder In Kids?
Anxiety and behavioral changes are the general symptoms of Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD) in children. If you spot your child not being able to create bonds with you, it could be Reactive attachment disorder.
It can be due to a wide range of reasons, including abuse at a younger age. Children with Reactive Attachment Disorder tend to act uncomfortable around those who play the parental roles. Other solutions can help relieve the symptoms and improve the recovery rate. So, how effective is a CBD Vape Pen in treating Reactive Attachment Disorder?
It is a condition characterized by the inability to create healthy bonds with parents and close people. In some cases, RAD can affect older children as well. So, what causes the condition, and how to identify it?
Some of the main causes are having several people who play parental roles, having more than one caretaker, witnessing traumatic losses at early stages of life, and living under pressure in places like an orphanage. In some cases, foster parents might not look into the child’s history before adopting. It is vital to talk with a health care provider before administering any medicine.
We can spot the disorder in around 1-2 percent of the children. With time, these children face issues in developing healthy bonds. Some symptoms of reactive attachment disorder are unexplained fear, sadness or irritability, the children not seeking comfort or showing no response when comfort is given. The children suffering from reactive attachment disorder often watch others closely but do not engage in social interaction.
The diagnosing process is testing the child by asking a few essential questions. Depending on the condition of the kid, physicians prescribe therapies and treatments. Often, treatment options include psychotherapy, family counseling, social skill training, and special education.
CBD for Reactive Attachment Disorder
Now, let us look at the properties of CBD that can help RAD.
● CBD is anxiolytic
Unlike THC, CBD doesn’t get the user high. One symptom that accompanies RAD is anxiety and mental stress. Children with RAD tend to act extremely anxious and detached from everyday activities.
Our body constitutes a system of receptors and enzymes referred to as the endocannabinoid system. The system is responsible for managing several bodily functions. One of them is stress management. CBD interacts with receptors in the peripheral system and helps in relaxing. The relaxant properties act on the muscles and reduce excitability. So, taking CBD can reduce anxiety in your children on several levels.
CBD vape pens can be more effective. With CBD vape pens, the bioavailability of CBD becomes higher. While vaping, the substance reaches the gastrointestinal tract and produces effects. Also, vaping is a recreational activity and can help in improving mood.
● CBD reduces fear and other mental stresses
As we know, children with RAD fear several things. Physical touch and contact can intimidate them. It can make it more stressful. CBD, with its antidepressant properties, reduces fear and other factors.
In some cases, fear over time can develop into depression. Consuming CBD in regulated amounts can help relieve depression.
● CBD improves mood and sociability
Children with RAD lack positive emotions towards mingling with other people. It is because of their lack of self-esteem and lowered moods. Vaping CBD can help in improving mood and reducing social anxiety. Studies suggest that preventing mood swings can help in perceiving physical touch differently. As these children become more sociable, they will get over their fear of physical contact.
● CBD improves bodily functioning
Cannabinoids can impact some or most bodily functions. For instance, children with RAD who have a history of abuse tend to have pain. If the trauma is recent, getting over the physical pain is crucial.
Apart from improving mood, CBD acts well in relieving physical pain. Inflammation and injuries can impact kids by causing immense pain. Consuming CBD either topically or orally can reduce pain.
CBD possesses anti-inflammatory and anti-pain properties. It acts on the neuron endings and reduces the perception of pain in the user. Also, the cannabinoid system in the peripheral nervous system reduces pain signaling. Eventually, pain intensity will reduce. Also, CBD improves perception and sensuality in children with RAD.
● CBD improves sleep
Sleep is vital for our bodies to function normally. The same goes for children with a condition like RAD as well. Lack of sleep due to anxiety and stress can worsen the situation.
CBD works well for improving sleep in children with RAD. Reducing stress relaxes the mind and body. Getting a good night’s sleep can be healthy and reduce the intensity of the disorder at various levels.
Things you should know
Though CBD vapes can be helpful in several ways, there are a few things you need to know before giving CBD to children.
● CBD can cause side effects
CBD, at higher dosages, can be harmful to the human body. For instance, CBD at lower doses acts as a stimulant. While at higher doses, CBD acts as a sedative. Overconsuming CBD over a long period can lead to side effects, including:
- Stress and headache
- Improper functioning of organs
- Gastrointestinal issues
- Lack of appetite
● It is essential to buy CBD vapes from a reputable vendor.
Low-quality products can harm your child’s health. It is crucial to be aware of products and choose the best in the market. It is advisable to check for customer reviews and buy accordingly.
● Consult with a physician
Not everyone’s body might have a similar reaction to cannabis. If you are unsure, it is advisable to consult with a physician before administering CBD. Not just that, CBD is capable of interacting with other drugs. Checking these factors is essential before proceeding with CBD consumption.
CBD can help with your child’s RAD effectively. Yet, the responsibility of buying and using CBD vape pens falls on your shoulders. It is advisable to know the legality status of CBD in your region. Be cautious and mindful while using the compound to have a better experience.
Ask the Expert: CBD Oil and Sjögren’s
Q: “The use of CBD oil has been in the news a lot and I’ve heard it mentioned to help treat Sjögren’s. What is CBD oil, how can it be used to treat Sjögren’s patients and has this treatment been approved to be safe?”
A: With our current opioid crisis along with the increasing approval of the use of medical cannabis in the United States, this is a timely and appropriate question. Cannabis (also known as marijuana) is the most commonly used illegal drug worldwide (at least illegal in most areas). The compound called delta 9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is responsible for its effects that make people feel “high.” Another compound in cannabis is cannabidiol, known as CBD for short. CBD does not have the “high” exerting effects of THC but is thought to have medicinal effects partly due to its attachment to cannabinoid receptors. These receptors are located on the surfaces of cells throughout the body to include the brain, nerves, and cells of the immune system. Therefore, it is not surprising that CBD may potentially have beneficial health properties.
CBD oil is an oil substance that contains CBD. Its medical use has been purported to possibly help with pain, epilepsy, insomnia, anxiety, glaucoma, appetite loss, and muscle spasms. A cannabis extract with THC and CBD called Sativex is approved for use in at least 27 countries, excluding the U.S., to treat the pain and muscle spasm of multiple sclerosis, and the CBD extract called Epidiolex has been FDA approved to treat childhood epilepsy. Upon a careful search of the medical literature, I was unable to find any good research addressing its use in Sjögren’s. Its effects on the immune system in autoimmune diseases, such as Sjögren’s, is currently unknown. There are two types of cannabinoid receptors on immune cells; the activation of one of them can increase inflammation, while activation of the other can decrease it. Clearly, we need good research.
Unfortunately, research into the effects and use of CBD has been greatly hindered because the U.S. government classifies CBD under Schedule I: “high potential for abuse” under the United States Controlled Substances Act making it illegal to possess or use under federal law (though it has been legalized by most states). Unfortunately, this Schedule I classification has kept researchers from truly testing it as you would any medical treatment.
Thus far, side effects have been noted in cannabinoid products to include rash, diarrhea, vomiting, fatigue, drowsiness, low blood pressure, high heart rate, light headedness, worsening of Parkinson’s disease, and dry mouth (important when we are talking about Sjögren’s). They also appear to probably have potential harmful interactions with other medications and supplements to include melatonin, valerian root, SAMe, antibiotics, antidepressants, antihistamines, blood pressure medicines, warfarin, anti-acids, statins used for cholesterol, seizure medicines, and Viagra.
I have had patients with chronic pain use CBD oil and purportedly report good results, especially for nerve pain (which is common in Sjögren’s). However, I am unable to formally recommend it to my patients for several reasons. One big reason is that recently there have been reports of high levels of pesticides and heavy metals (such as arsenic and lead) in many CBD products along with inaccurate amounts of the stated amounts of CBD. This represents one of the biggest problems. Since the federal government makes CBD use illegal, there is no quality regulations imposed on their production and distribution. One of the most important things is that I cannot recommend any treatment unless it has been proven safe plus effective. We just do not have the research to prove either one.
Bottom Line: I do believe that it may have potential health benefits. However, until we have more studies to prove effectiveness that outweighs side effects, studies to know its potential interactions with other medications, and that we have regulatory controls to ensure high quality products (devoid of harmful contaminants), I cannot recommend it.
By Donald E. Thomas, Jr., MD, FACP, FACR, RhMSUS, CCD
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