Use of Cannabis to control seizures

People with uncontrolled seizures live a life full of risks of serious injuries and loss of life all the time.

The Epilepsy Foundation is supporting the research on all the potential treatment options for epilepsy, including Cannabidiol (CBD) oil and medicinal Marijuana. 

Survey: A survey was done on the ” use of cannabidiol enriched cannabis in pediatric treatment of resistant epilepsy”. 

19 responses met the criteria for the study… a diagnosis of epilepsy and current use of CBD enriched cannabis. 13 children had Dravet Syndrome,  4 children had Doose Syndrome, and 1 each had Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome and Idiopathic epilepsy. Before starting the treatment with CBD enriched cannabis,  about 12 AEDs were tried. 

16 out of 19 (84%) parents reported a decrease in child’s seizure frequency while taking cannabidiol enriched cannabis. 2 (11%) parents reported a complete freedom from seizure.  8 (42%) reported a greater than 80% reduction of seizures. And 6 (32%) reported a 25% decrease. Children were also seen to have an increased alertness, improved sleep and lesser agitation in their behavior.

Charolette’s Web: the form of Marijuana administered to child is known as Charlotte’s Web, a strain of marijuana high in cannabidiol and low in THC. It was named after Charolette Figi whose parents and physicians say she experienced a decrease in seizures after her first dose of medical marijuana at 5 years of age.

Federal Government’s Drug Enforcement: has declared cannabidiol as a Schedule 1 drug, making it difficult for researchers to assess the safety and efficacy of the drug.

FDA approval: FDA has approved cannabis extract study in pediatric epilepsy. Read more on 

Epidiolex: FDA has granted orphan drug designation for the cannabis based drug developed to treat childhood onset epilepsy, announced by GW Pharmaceuticals. Though the drug has not received full approval from FDA — it’s makers still must demonstrate the full efficacy in the clinical trials. This represents a tremendous step forward for cannabis based medicine.


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