Anxiety is one of the most common mental health symptoms in children. Unfortunately, it can be hard to find a natural solution that really works. CBD is a hemp-derived molecule that has been backed up by dozens of studies as a source of anxiety relief. In this article, we go over how CBD can help kids with anxiety, which products work, and how to choose the best ones for your child.
CBD for kids with anxiety: How and why it works
CBD is a cannabis molecule with the ability to bind with certain receptors in our bodies. These receptors, called endocannabinoid receptors, control the working of the endocannabinoid system. And since this biological system is heavily involved in the way our minds and bodies handle stress and anxiety, CBD can work as an anxiety-fighting agent.
What’s interesting is that adults, children, and other mammals have very similar endocannabinoid systems. In that sense, CBD affects adults and children the same way (although adults can handle higher doses of the molecule).
So far, there have already been over a dozen studies showing that CBD helps people with generalized anxiety, stress, social anxiety, and panic disorder. These studies have also shown that CBD is a safe molecule with only some very mild side effects. CBD is also perfectly safe for children to take, but you do have to make sure that the products you choose are THC-free.
Choosing CBD products: CBD oil for kids with anxiety, gummies, creams, and more
All THC-free CBD products can be consumed by children as well as adults. However, some definitely fare better than others with children! For example, CBD gummies are a very good option because they’re tasty, feel like a treat, and hide the slightly bitter taste of hemp extract.
Some children can handle taking CBD oil, but many of them find the taste hard to deal with. So when giving CBD oil to a child, it may be better to mix it with food. There is also the option of applying CBD oil to the skin. A few drops of high-potency CBD oil applied to your child’s temple can help them to relax and provide a long-lasting effect.
You can even use specialized topical products, such as CBD creams and balms. These products can be used to give your child a massage. In smaller quantities, you can apply them to your child’s forehead, temples, neck, and shoulders to relax both their bodies and minds.
The most important consideration is to look for products that are THC-free and use a high-quality CBD extract. In the list below, we’ve selected products that are organic, GMO-free, and third-party tested. Read on to find out which products we recommend for kids with anxiety.
1. Joy Organics Premium CBD Gummies Strawberry Lemonade Flavor
CBD gummies are a great way to get your children to take CBD without them noticing the taste. These ones by highly reputed U.S. brand Joy Organics come in a strawberry lemonade or green apple flavor. We really appreciate the fact that they are made with all-natural ingredients. They contain organic cane sugar and fruit and vegetable juices, and all the flavorings are natural too.
With 10 mg of CBD per gummy, this would be a low-potency product for adults. For children, however, it’s closer to a medium or high dose of CBD. Just one of these gummies taken daily is more than enough for most children to experience relief from anxiety.
One of the things we like the most about this product is the quality of the CBD extract it uses. Like all Joy Organics products, these gummies are made with a broad-spectrum, THC-free extract that contains a lot of cannabinoids and terpenes. And as research has shown, many cannabinoids like CBN or CBG also have anxiety-fighting properties. What’s more, the hemp extract is organic, GMO-free, and third-party tested for quality. So if you want a product that is high-quality, gives you a medium dose of CBD, and tastes great to your child, this is our pick for you.
- All-natural ingredients
- Broad-spectrum hemp extract
- Rich in terpenes
- Taste children will love
- High in sugars
- Doesn’t ship outside the U.S
2. Endoca Raw CBD and CBDa hemp oil 150 mg
With this oil, European brand Endoca has created a product that contains uncommonly large amounts of CBDa. CBDa is a cannabinoid, a molecule that’s naturally found in the cannabis plant. And as research has found, it’s just as if not more effective than CBD in relieving anxiety. Unfortunately, you won’t find a lot of CBDa in most CBD products, as the molecule gets destroyed if the product is heated past a certain temperature.
To create a CBDa-rich product, Endoca has created a CBD oil tincture that is raw, meaning unprocessed and unheated. It contains a broad spectrum of cannabinoids, including some less common ones like CBC, CBG, and CBN. All of these molecules work together to fight anxiety, and research has found that they make one another stronger through the “entourage effect.”
In terms of taste, this is a typical CBD oil tincture with a strong herbal taste. But the great thing is, you won’t need to give your child a lot. A single drop of the oil contains 5 mg of CBD, meaning that with just one to three drops a day, your child could get all the anxiety relief they need. And if they really can’t stand the taste, it’s easy to disguise it in food.
Organic, third-party tested, GMO-free, and CO2-extracted, this is a product that really delivers on quality. So if you’re looking for a strong CBD oil tincture with a broad spectrum of cannabinoids (but no THC), this is a great option.
- High potency
- Great quality CBD
- High in CBDa
- High in terpenes
- Strong herbal taste
- High price per milligram of CBD
3. CBDfx calming balm for sensitive skin
When choosing CBD products for anxiety, most people don’t think about topical products. This is a great shame because applying a strong CBD cream to the forehead, temples, neck and shoulders can actually be one of the fastest ways to experience anxiety relief. It’s also a great way to give CBD to children, as it doesn’t involve tasting it or inhaling it.
This calming balm by CBDfx contains 750 mg of CBD in a 2-oz jar, making it a medium-strength CBD topical for adults, and a high-strength product for children. As well as CBD, it contains hydrating oils like grapeseed, avocado, and coconut oil. It’s also full of soothing ingredients, like rosehip oil, calendula oil, and essential oils.
Lightly scented with german chamomile, lavender, and tea tree oil, it has a very gentle and natural smell that naturally invites relaxation. We think it’s a great product with which to give your child a little massage. It’s also something that they can use by themselves, applying it to their temples whenever they start to feel overwhelmed with anxiety.
Finally, it’s a product that doesn’t disappoint in terms of quality. It’s made with organic hemp that is grown in the U.S.A, CO2-extracted, and third-party tested to ensure quality. So if you’re looking for a topical product that is strong enough to fight anxiety, but also very pleasant to use, this is our top pick.
- Soothing scent
- Natural ingredients
- Moisturizing effect thanks to avocado and coconut oil
- CBDfx often offer discounts on this balm
- Not the easiest texture to apply
- The jar is a bit bulky, not very portable
4. CBDfx Gummy bears
These CBD gummies by CBDfx offer a low to medium dose of CBD and a great berry flavor. Each gummy contains 5 mg of broad-spectrum CBD extract, which is relatively low even for children. This means your child won’t have any trouble using them on a daily basis, but will still experience relief from anxiety. With 60 gummies in each jar, you can expect this product to last you for up to two months.
The mixed berries flavor of these gummies is simple and inoffensive. We’re sure that almost any kid is sure to like it! And it doesn’t derive from synthetic flavorings either. The ingredient list of this product is very natural, it contains organic cane sugar, natural flavors, and even tomatoes to give it its rich red color.
The broad-spectrum CBD extract that CBDfx uses is very high-quality. It is organic and GMO-free, CO2-extracted, and third-party tested. CBDfx is also very transparent about the molecules you’ll find in their hemp extract. By scanning the QR code on their product, you’ll be able to access its lab report directly and find out more about the cannabinoids and terpenes it contains.
The only downside of this product is that it comes in a clear jar, which could expose the product to light damage. We recommend keeping it in a dark cupboard if you want to keep it fresh for longer.
- Great taste
- All-natural ingredients
- High-quality CBD extract
- Good value for money
- Contains a lot of sugar
- Doesn’t come in an opaque container
5. Charlotte’s Web Max Strength 60 mg CBD/mL Oil Tincture
Children with severe anxiety issues could benefit from a strong CBD product such as this one. This CBD oil tincture by Charlotte’s Web contains 60 mg of CBD in each 1-mL serving, which is a lot more than other products on our list. This allows you to give your child a high dose of CBD without having to use a lot of products. Not only does it help with the taste, but it also means that the product can last you a long long time!
Like any Charlotte’s Web product, it’s made with a very high-quality CBD extract that is GMO-free, third-party tested and CO2-extracted. It’s also a broad-spectrum extract, meaning that it’s THC-free but still contains other helpful non-psychoactive cannabinoids.
Other ingredients in the product include coconut oil and natural flavorings. You can get this tincture in three different flavor options: orange blossom, lemon twist, and mint chocolate. Mint chocolate is by far the most popular thanks to its fresh and lightly sweet taste. However, it’s up to you to figure out what your child likes best!
- High-potency product
- High-quality hemp extract
- A few available flavors
- Free shipping
- Contains processed coconut oil
- Doesn’t ship to every country