Teen CBD Use is on the Rise

Liz Filmer
06 Jul 2024

Since CBD was legalised in the United States by the 2018 Farm Bill, products have flooded the commercial health market. Commercial CBD products generally contain low doses of CBD, however, this has not halted their popularity

A study recently published in Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research has revealed that almost 3% of healthy teens aged 11-15 have used commercial CBD products for either medicinal or other health-related reasons.

The study examined data from more than 11,000 participants in a large, study of healthy young people in the US.

The study discovered that 2.8% of the volunteers used commercial CBD products, including oils, tinctures, topical and transdermal, and edible forms. No prescription CBD use was reported.

The study also determined several forecasters of commercial CBD use. These factors included being of older age, having parents with some experience of further education, and the existence of specific health conditions, like sleep problems, symptoms of mental health issues, and ongoing problems with pain. It was also discovered that young people who had parents with a more lenient attitude towards cannabis use as a whole were more likely to have tried commercial CBD products.

Additionally, in the case of a subsample of teens who underwent hair strand testing, it was found that 23% who used CBD products had traces of THC in their hair. This suggests that some teens may unknowingly be taking CBD products that contain THC. This does raise concerns about the manufacturing and regulation surrounding commercial CBD products.

What Does this Mean Moving Forward?

The study also highlights the significance of doctors asking their patients about CBD use and parents being open about their use of CBD products.

“We know very little about what CBD effectively treats in youth, and at what doses. The goal of any medical treatment is to ensure the health and well-being of the child, so talking with doctors is essential to ensure the best decisions can be made for each child.” -Study Author

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Liz Filmer