Poll finds many parents don’t understand CBD

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Poll finds many parents don’t understand CBD


The University of Michigan Health C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health survey revealed that parents have limited knowledge about CBD, with a third thinking it’s the same as using marijuana. 

The parents who have or would consider giving their child CBD cite anxiety, sleep, and ADHD as top reasons for doing so. 

The nationally representative poll report is based on responses from about 2,000 parents of children 3-18 years surveyed in October 2021.

Key findings 

Knowledge gap?

Nearly half (46%) of parents say they either don’t know much about CBD use in children or they never heard of it prior to the poll (34%); 17% report having some knowledge, and 3% said they know a lot about CBD use in children. Most parents (71%) have never used a CBD product themselves, while 24% have tried CBD and 5% use a CBD product regularly.

Safety

Parents say the factors that would be very important in deciding whether to give their child a CBD product are side effects (83%), if it was tested for safety in children (78%), how well it works in children (72%), recommendation of their child’s doctor (63%), approval of the US Food and Drug Administration (58%), and product reviews (41%).

Alternative to meds ?

About three-quarters of parents (73%) think CBD may be a good option for children when other medications don’t work. Most parents (83%) reported that CBD products should be regulated by the FDA, and three-quarters (74%) said CBD for children should require a doctor’s prescription. One-third of parents (35%) think taking CBD is basically the same as using marijuana.



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