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Brooke, who has asthma, cannot smoke the plant. Until recently, smoking or vaporizing dry-leaf cannabis were the only ways to legally ingest it. But in a landmark decision June 11, the Supreme Court of Canada made it legal to ingest the plant in any form when medically prescribed.
“The other hurdle is that if she were to go that route, then who is going to help us to ensure that she’s doing OK? If it does work, then we want them off all of the other (medications) that they’re already on, so somebody needs to help us wade through that.”
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Unlike THC, the most abundant chemical compound in cannabis, CBD will not get people “high.” CBD is the most abundant, non-psychoactive chemical compound in cannabis, and initial clinical trial results are very promising, at least for particular epilepsy syndromes and certain seizure types.
“Especially if it works as well as we’re seeing,” she says. “My daughter has no quality of life, so if (CBD) is going to give her that quality of life, then for sure, they should be covering the costs, especially when nothing else works.”
Still, Carol hasn’t taken the next step to obtain medical marijuana from a licensed producer. She needs to have it converted to an oil, and her doctor suggested the cannabis-enriched oil be made into cookies or some other edible form. Carol’s concern is that she does not know the proper dosage.
“I’m a single mother and we can’t afford $500 per month; we can’t live in poverty so that she has no seizures,” Carol says.
A different substance in the plant, tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, is responsible for the high associated with cannabis.
For many who have used CBD oil, the newly available treatment has provided relief when all else failed. About two thirds of epilepsy patients will respond to the first or second medicine they’re given for epilepsy. But once an epilepsy patient has taken two different medicines without relief, the odds that a third medication will work are less than 1 percent, doctors say. That leaves other options, such as special diets, surgeries, device implementation—or CBD oil.
Across Texas, doctors and patients are now finally able to take advantage of a three-year-old law that makes cannabidiol oil, or CBD oil, available to some epilepsy patients. CBD oil is derived from the cannabis plant, also known as marijuana. CBD oil provides symptom relief without intoxicating effects.
Texas patients must get two doctors to approve their use of CBD oil. And they are only eligible for a prescription if they have what’s called “intractable” epilepsy—meaning at least two other medications have failed to help them. Harris said she wouldn’t even call Texas’ policy a “medical marijuana” law.
“This can be really beneficial to patients,” said Michael Watkins, M.D., assistant professor of pediatric neurology with McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth). Watkins works at the Pediatric Epilepsy Clinic at UTHealth, where about 20 patients have been prescribed CBD oil. He said the stigma associated with taking medicine derived from cannabis is fading.
A Complex Partial Seizure can be experienced by anyone. However, people who have certain medical conditions makes them predisposed to these seizures. These conditions include:
Hemp is a variety of the Cannabis Sativa plant. Hemp was originally grown for the fibrous materials that are found in its seeds and stalks. It has been traditionally used to manufacture items such as upholstery, clothing fibre, and other household items.
CBD is a component of the cannabis plant that is used to relieve stress and anxiety . It is known for its anti-seizure properties. It is not psychoactive, and does not produce a ‘high’ in its users, unlike another popular cannabis component, Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
Treatments for Complex Partial Seizures
People who are afflicted with these conditions may have higher chances of experiencing Complex Partial Seizures.
The research team also found that almost forty eight percent of the people who participated in the studies experienced a reduction in the frequency of their seizures by over fifty percent.
After the enactment of the Farm Bill in 2018, hemp and CBD derived from hemp are no longer classified as Schedule I substances. Instead, they are recognized as an agricultural commodity. Thus, CBD derived from hemp is not illegal at the federal level of the USA, however some states still demm it as illegal. So before purchasing any CBD product make sure to check your state laws.
Researchers from various institutions studied the results of the analysis. Most of the studies that were a part of the meta-analysis involved children with the average age of 16 years.