Cannabidiol (CBD) is a naturally occurring cannabinoid constituent of cannabis. It was discovered in 1940 and initially thought not to be pharmaceutically active. It is one of at least 113 cannabinoids identified in hemp plants, accounting for up to 40% of the plant's extract. As of 2018 in the United States, Food and Drug Administration approval of cannabidiol as a prescription drug called Epidiolex for medical uses has been limited to two rare forms of childhood epilepsy.
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Low Dose of CBD Liquid Eases Epilepsy Seizures. WEDNESDAY, May 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Less appears to be more when it comes to treating epilepsy with the marijuana extract cannabidiol, a new clinical trial suggests.
By Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN Chief Medical Correspondent. "I feel obligated to share the results of my five-year-long investigation into the medical benefits of the cannabis plant. Before I started this worldwide, in-depth investigation, I was not particularly impressed by the results of medical marijuana research, but a few years later, as I started to dedicate time with patients and scientists in various countries, I came to a different conclusion.
Not only can cannabis work for a variety of conditions such as epilepsy, multiple sclerosis and pain, sometimes, it is the only thing that works. I changed my mind, and I am certain you can, as well. It is time for safe and regulated medical marijuana to be made available nationally. I realize this is an unconventional way to reach you, but your office declined numerous requests for an interview, and as a journalist, a doctor and a citizen, I felt it imperative to make sure you had access to our findings. ..." Read the full article by Dr. Sanjay Gupta
"Growing Hope: The fight for Medical Marijuana for Epileptic Kids". ...."Charlotte had been having 300 seizures a week. Paige says they stopped when she gave her daughter the CBD oil. To this day, all Charlotte (or “Charlie,” as her family calls her) takes is two doses a day of the oil". Read the full article about CBD Oil and Epileptic Seizures.
American Epilepsy Foundation
“If pharmaceutical-grade CBD is FDA approved, it may be a helpful medication to add to the treatment options, for certain children and adults with very challenging types of epilepsy,” said Shlomo Shinnar, M.D., Ph.D., president of the American Epilepsy Society and director of the Comprehensive Epilepsy Management Center, Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, N.Y.