The use of cannabinoids for medicinal purposes is a rather controversial topic. Although they are not recognized as medicines, there is increasing evidence that they have some potential. And when it comes to CBD – a non-psychoactive cannabinoid from cannabis and hemp – this couldn’t be more true. Currently, there are a lot of scientific studies being carried out on CBD, and with good reason. It has been shown to have a significant effect on a wide variety of medical conditions – both anecdotally and clinically. One area where CBD is having a lot of success is in the treatment of severe epilepsy.
It should be mentioned that CBD is not considered a medicine. And while their results are positive, they are not conclusive. If in doubt, consult a medical professional.
ANDCLINICAL TRIALS, CBD AND EPILEPSY
Epilepsy is a serious problem that can be devastating to the quality of life of the person who suffers from it. A group of Israeli scientists carried out a clinical trial to investigate its properties. In this study, published in the journal Seizure, they followed 74 adolescents with severe epilepsy for 3 months. Each participant received a standardized extract of CBD that they took on a regular basis (with a CBD:THC ratio of 20:1). CBD use was found to significantly reduce seizure frequency in 89% of participants – as well as improving sleep quality, motor and communication skills, and alertness.
According to this research: “The results of this multicenter study on CBD as a treatment for epilepsy in a sample of children and adolescents are highly promising. And they warrant further prospective clinical trials with CBD-enriched medical cannabis.”
The results are very promising, but there is still a lot of work to be done. It is one of the first clinical trials on the effects of CBD in people who already use it, which gives us a good perspective.
C.PRACTICAL ASSE: CHARLOTTE FIGI
There is a particular case that has put the potential of CBD in the spotlight – the story of Charlotte Figi. Although severe epilepsy is a terrible disease, it is even more so when the patient is a child. Charlotte was 3 years old and had 600 attacks a day. Her parents couldn’t do anything while they desperately watched how all the treatments she was subjected to failed. In the end, they took it upon themselves and tried CBD. The transformation was drastic, and Charlotte barely has seizures and she is able to live like a normal child. It’s a story that has captured the hearts and minds of people around the world, and has inspired a debate about the legality of cannabis. It was also the case that brought the potential of CBD closer to science, which has been studying it ever since. If you want to know the whole story, we recommend that you watch the video below.