The process of our children learning to talk is one that most parents follow closely. Although all children develop their speech at their own speed, problems with learning to speak can also be a sign of a number of different other health issues.
Some of these issues can be due to a physical problem, whereas others can be due to oral-motor conditions. If it appears to you that your child is having challenges with the development of their speech, you should always speak to your doctor.
CBD – or cannabidiol – is often hailed as the cure-all essential oil, and some have suggested that it could be helpful for children who have issues with speech delay. Of course, its efficacy will depend on the reasons behind the child’s speech delay. Although there has still been limited scientific research into this, there is plenty of anecdotal evidence from parents to suggest that it could help.
CBD and Its Health Benefits
Cannabidiol is one of the natural compounds that are present in the cannabis plant. There are over a hundred natural compounds in the cannabis plant, and CBD has been classified as a compound known as a cannabinoid. The cannabinoids from the cannabis plant can interact with the human body in a similar way to the cannabinoids produced naturally by the human body – known as endocannabinoids.
Cannabinoids make up part of the endocannabinoid system, which is responsible for keeping certain physiological aspects of the body regulated and balanced to create the best environment for it to work at its best. By taking CBD, you can help to boost the endocannabinoid system, especially where there is a deficiency, and make sure that it is working correctly.
There are several physiological aspects that scientists believe that CBD can help with, and a reason why we are seeing a boom in its popularity. We know that CBD can help with systems such as:
- The nervous system
- The digestive system
- The immune system
Autism and anxiety are two of the most common reasons for speech delay and this is why many parents report the use of CBD as being helpful for their children with these issues.
CBD Can Help With Autism
One of the reasons why some children experience speech delay is due to autism. Autism is a neurological disorder and can present itself in several different ways, but there is plenty of evidence that it is closely linked to the endocannabinoid system.
Several symptoms are linked to autism, and unfortunately, little medication that can help. Many people have found that CBD can be useful in the treating of some of the symptoms of autism, including speech delay.
Parents report that CBD has helped their children to reduce aggression, hyperactivity, and hypersensitivity.
CBD Can Help with Anxiety
Another reason why some children suffer from speech delay is due to problems with their mental health – such as low mood and anxiety. Scientists have found that CBD can be effective in helping people who suffer from problems with anxiety, classifying it as anxiolytic – or anxiety inhibiting.
In a study carried out by the University of São Paulo in 2011, a group of people with social anxiety were given either a dose of CBD, a placebo, or no medication before a public speaking task. The study found that “Pretreatment with CBD significantly reduced anxiety, cognitive impairment and discomfort in their speech performance, and significantly decreased alert in their anticipatory speech.”
It, therefore, follows that if CBD can be useful in reducing anxiety, it has the potential to help children with speech delay as a result of anxiety, to improve their speech issues.
Concerns about CBD
Cannabis has been used by some cultures for thousands of years for its medicinal benefits, but only recently, we have really begun to understand why. Due to the presence of another cannabinoid – delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol – or THC, cannabis can make you high This has meant that in many places it has been illegal for years.
Now that we can separate the cannabinoids, we have been able to cultivate cannabis that is rich in cannabinoids like CBD and low in THC, meaning that it can be legally bought and used, without making you high. This variety is known as hemp.
This means that you can be secure that what you are getting is both legal and won’t make you or your child high.
If you are considering trying CBD for speech delay, however, it is crucial that you discuss it first with your doctor.
Best Way for Children to Take CBD
There are several different methods of taking CBD, from sub-lingual CBD drops to vaping and smoking. If you are using CBD to try to help your child with a speech delay, the best options will usually be either through sublingual CBD edibles such as gummies.
You will usually be able to buy one of three types of CBD – full-spectrum, broad-spectrum, and CBD isolate.
- Full-spectrum CBD oil is made from hemp extract that includes all of the other compounds in the plant, making it highly effective
- Broad-spectrum CBD is made from hemp extract with most of the other compounds – and the THC specifically left out
- CBD isolate is almost 100% pure CBD but is less effective
CBD edibles are the best option to try when giving your child CBD for speech delay. These might be a better option for children who struggle to keep drops under their tongue, don’t like the taste of CBD oil, or if you are looking for a long-lasting effect.
CBD edibles can come in a range of different forms – from baked goods like cakes and biscuits to sauces, to chewy sweet-like gummies. For children, CBD gummies are the best option – they are, after all, just like eating a sweet. The packaging on the gummies should tell you the dose of CBD per item, and you can then give the product to your child to eat.
- The CBD goes into the bloodstream through the digestive system – just like any other food nutrients or tablets
- The CBD will become effective within a couple of hours
- It can stay in the bloodstream for up to eight hours
- It can be done discreetly
- Different flavoured gummies are available
- Edibles are often preferred with children
Tips for Using CBD to Help with Speech Delay
- You should always discuss trying CBD with your child’s doctor before you actually give it to them. This is because CBD can affect the way that the body metabolises some medications.
- The amount of CBD that is useful to you or your child will depend on several factors. To discover the best dose for them, you should start with a very low dose and increase it slowly and gradually until you get to the optimal effect.
- CBD is non-addictive and safe to use. Taking too much CBD will only result in it being ineffective.
- When you are looking to get CBD products, check that you can see a Certificate of Analysis carried out by a third-party lab, which you can use to confirm the levels of cannabinoids in your CBD product.
There are many reasons why delayed speech can be worrying for parents, and although it can just mean that a child is a late developer, it can also be a sign of another underlying problem. Many parents find that CBD can be an effective way to help them to develop their speech, through the effects that it can have on the endocannabinoid system.
CBD and its natural compounds have been used for years for its benefits to our health, and many parents credit CBD to have a dramatic effect on their children who suffer from speech delay.
CBD is safe for adults and children to take – with some medicinal cannabis prescribed directly for children by doctors. Of course, it is essential to discuss your child’s needs with their doctor before giving them anything.