One year ago this month, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved CBD, a medicine derived from hemp, for the treatment of severe seizure disorders in children, including Dravet Syndrome, a severe form of childhood epilepsy. Imagine the nightmare if your child had hundreds of seizures per month.
Here is the story behind the story. — how a brave couple from Colorado used an alternative medicine — CBD oil — to save their daughter, Charlotte’s, life. Working with a new wave of cannabis specialists and open-minded doctors, they proved how safe and effective CBD for seizures can be. It worked for Charlotte after her prescription meds had failed.
In Charlotte’s case, the CBD reduced her seizure frequency from 50 convulsions a day to 2-3 nocturnal seizures per month. The neuro-protective effect has persisted and Charlotte is now weaned from her other anti-epileptic drugs. She takes CBD for seizures — cannabis without the high.
Want to know more about CBD for seizures? Here’s a link to over a dozen studies supporting the use of CBD to diminish seizure activity:
According to FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, “This approval serves as a reminder that advancing trials that properly evaluate the active ingredients contained in cannabis can lead to important medical therapies,”
In addition to treating seizures. CBD is often used in oil form as a “dietary supplement” to treat anxiety and chronic pain. CBD has a calming effect on the nervous system — a neuroprotective effect. It can calm anxiety while reducing the seizure threshold.
Medical Caution: Consult with your prescribing physician before changing any medication, including adding CBD. Patients on blood thinners should use with caution, if at all. Many medications need to be reduced gradually.
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