Cancer, Fibromyalgia, Epilepsy and CBD…..these are probably the 3 biggest question areas we get asked about. Today, we’ll give a general overview of what is known (and of course, what the FDA will allow us to say) about cannabidiol’s effect on epileptic seizures.
So, first, Epilepsy is defined as a neurological disorder marked by sudden recurrent episodes of sensory disturbance, loss of consciousness or convulsions, associated with abnormal electrical activity in the brain. What is important to note here is the reference in the definition to neurological episodes, because it is widely known that CBD affects neurotransmitters in the body. Now, with that being said, almost any reputable website clearly states that many more scientific studies need to be conducted to show how and why CBD may have a positive effect on people with Epilepsy, and we are no different. Many of the statistics available are anecdotal. But, there is quite a bit of it.
One of the most well known and documented cases of the relationship of Epilepsy and CBD is that of Charlotte Figi, a Colorado child with Dravet Syndrome. A strain of cannabis that was high in CBD (now known as “Charlotte’s Web”) was used to create a medication which was administered to Charlotte and her seizures declined dramatically after taking the medication. Further, anecdotal evidence available reports that an estimated 25% of children with epilepsy have had dramatic improvement after taking Charlotte’s Web and another 50% have had some improvement.
Further, doctors in Colorado and researchers at Stanford University have collected summaries of patient histories which suggest a positive impact of CBD in children with epilepsy. (Note: this information is not pertinent ONLY to those using the Charlotte’s Web medication, but in general, use of ALL CBD).
Many parents are faced with the choice of feeding their child harsh pharmaceuticals for years to attempt to control the affects of epilepsy -vs- the choice of finding a suitable, more natural alternative. Clearly, there are those who argue feverishly for a more natural and gentle approach.
And, fortunately for those in areas of the country where marijuana is not legal in any form, cannabidiol (CBD), on a molecular level is cannabidiol. So, cannabidiol extracted from hemp is the same organic compound as that extracted from marijuana and the likes of the Charlotte’s Web strain. This is important to note because CBD extracted from hemp IS LEGAL in all states. No prescription or medical marijuana card is needed to obtain. Those parents who decide to pursue this natural approach has the open option of doing so.
We know that the large pharmaceutical companies are working hard to keep from having scientific studies of CBD and epilepsy conducted and we understand their financial incentive to do so. However, we believe it is a shame. We personally talk to many purchasers of our various products who have seen dramatic results when delivering it to their children. We are not saying it is a miracle cure all. We are merely saying it is something that should be tested and the results openly shared with all so that we can all know what our options are and help those children who are affected by this, and so many other, horrible afflictions.