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New Study Finds Parents Are Clueless About Cannabis

More than a third of parents polled think that CBD and THC are the same thing although only one is psychoactive.

A recent CNN Health article discussed a new poll that revealed parents are clueless when it comes to cannabis. The study, conducted by C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health, polled 1,992 parents across the country with children ranging from newborns to 18 years old. Of the 7% of parents who have given or considered giving their child a CBD product, less than a third of them reported discussing it with their pediatrician.

Part of the issue is that most CBD products aren’t regulated by the FDA, though 83% of parents believe they should be. Very little research has been conducted on CBD, but it’s suggested it can help children reduce anxiety, pain and inflammatory diseases. 

CBD, short for cannabidiol, and it is a non-psychoactive chemical compound derived from marijuana and hemp. It is very different from THC, which is the psychoactive derivative of the plant that causes the feeling of being “high.” The study showed that more than a third of parents polled didn’t know the difference between the two. Both education  and regulation seems to be the missing elements preventing CBD products from going mainstream.

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