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Epilepsy Patients Failing Regular Meds Improved with Medical Cannabis

Reported better overall health as well as seizure control in pilot study Medically refractory epilepsy (MRE) patients in New York state who regularly used medical cannabis reported improvements in their health, according to a pilot survey presented here this week at the American Epilepsy Society annual meeting.

Cannabidiol May Reduce Seizures by Half in Hard-to-treat Epilepsy

Promising results from a large-scale, controlled, Phase 3 clinical study of epilepsy patients being treated with cannabidiol will be presented next week at the American Academy of Neurology’s Annual Meeting in Boston on April 25. GW Pharmaceuticals’ liquid oral formulation of cannabidiol (CBD), called Epidiolex, is one of 500 compounds found in cannabis. Unlike the well-known compound, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), CBD does not produce a “high” as the psychoactive component is absent. Results from the randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study found that almost 40 percent of people with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (LGS) had at least a 50 percent reduction in drop seizures, compared to 15 percent taking a placebo. LGS is a severe form of epilepsy that often results in impaired intellectua...

VIDEO: Charlotte’s Web for Epilepsy Consortium

The Epilepsy Association of Central Florida, EpilepsyU and The Realm of Caring Florida present “Charlotte’s Web: A Consortium for Understanding Florida’s Compassionate Care Law” at Concorde Career Institute, Orlando Florida. Filmed November 15, 2014 Featuring: Chuck Carmen, Director, Epilepsy Association of Central Florida Dr. Ngoc Minh Le, Epileptologist, Pediatric Neurology, P.A. Paige Figi, Founder, Realm of Caring and mother of Charlotte Figi Holly Moseley, Co-Fouder, Realm of Caring Florida Special thanks goes to Concorde Career Institute for hosting the event. PART 1 of 3 features Mr. Chuck Carmen giving an intro to epilepsy and the speakers and Dr. Le, Epileptologist with a presentation on CBD trials for Dravet and Lennox-Gasteaut Syndromes. PART 2 of 3 features Holley M...

University of Iowa is Also Testing CBD for Epilepsy

U-I studying canabis oil ingredient as a treatment for epilepsy A clinical study of a marijuana derivative for treating epilepsy will soon get underway at the University of Iowa and other research sites. U-I Neurologist, Charuta Joshi, says the study will use an ingredient in cannabis oil called CDB that’s created by a British pharmaceutical company. They want to see if it helps reduce seizures in some patients. “They have cloned their plants genetically. It is medication that you get. It is pure CBD that they are making. The study is going to be extremely rigorous.” Joshi says there is anecdotal evidence that cannabis oil has helped patients with untreatable seizure disorders.

New Research Will Study Dravet Patients Taking CBD

Matt Figi hugs his 7-year-old daughter Charlotte inside a Colorado greenhouse. The plants are a special strain of medical marijuana known as Charlotte’s Web, which was named for Charlotte after she used the plant to treat epileptic seizures Brennan Linsley—AP In what is believed to be the first study of its kind, researchers at the University of Colorado, Denver will study the genes of those with a kind of epilepsy called Dravet Syndrome who have been treated with a strain of medical marijuana known as Charlotte’s Web. The study will attempt to determine if specific genetic components can explain why some epilepsy patients see positive results from ingesting Charlotte’s Web, while others do not.

The Case For Whole Plant Legislation – Is CBD Alone Good Enough?

In recent months, one strain of cannabis has been talked about, and legalized more than any other; Charlotte’s Web, a strain of Marijuana bred by Realm of Caring, a group of growers and dispensary owners in Colorado, for its high CBD content. CBD is the least controversial Cannabinoid found in the plant, and there are hundreds, if not thousands of stories to support that it can help reduce seizures. An effect of this new media, legislative and social media blitz of coverage on CBD is that people now seem to think that Charlotte’s Web is the only viable source of CBD, and that CBD alone is effective in seizure control, this is leading parents from across the nation to move to Colorado for access to Charlotte’s web specifically, because they believe that is the only legal w...

Speeding Up the Process for Kids with Epilepsy

PORT KENT, NY – New York state health leaders are taking steps to speed up, implementing medical marijuana for kids with epilepsy. Two children died last month in Western New York. As a result, Governor Andrew Cuomo sent a letter to the acting health commissioner last week to get the ball rolling in an effort to prevent other parents from suffering. Christmas 2011 was life-changing for the Sussdorff family. “We thought he was sleeping, his eyes were rolled to the back of his head, he was slightly convulsing, he was non-responsive at all which was probably the scariest part,” said Angie Sussdorff, a Port Kent mother who has a son with epilepsy. Angie Sussdorff, her husband and 2 kids, live in Port Kent. 5-year-old Brodie was only 2 1/2 when he had his first seizure. “...

Cannabis Classroom: The Role Of Cannabis In Epilepsy And Seizure Disorders

What Is Epilepsy?: Seizures vs. Epilepsy The medical definition of seizure is a clinical expression of abnormal, excessive, synchronous discharge of neurons residing primarily in the brain’s cerebral cortex. Alternatively, the term epilepsy encompasses a broad range clinical syndromes characterized by repeated seizures over time unprovoked by an acute systemic or neurological insult. “It’s the last thing you worry about before you go to bed; and the first thing you think about when you wake up in the morning.” – Heather Jackson These definition’s however fail to capture the feelings of helplessness felt by parents, family members, and caregivers when they watch a loved one endure the experience of a having a seizure – especially when that loved one is a child. “It’s the last thing you worr...

In Colorado, Thousands on Wait List for Marijuana to Treat Childhood Epilepsy

LITTLETON, COLORADO — The United States government classifies marijuana as an illegal drug, but nearly half the states have legalized the substance to some degree. Proponents say some strains of marijuana might have exceptional health benefits for treating pain or inflammation in chronic conditions such as cancer, multiple sclerosis and epilepsy. A strain of medical marijuana developed in Colorado is reputed to reduce seizures in childhood epilepsy and it’s made a big difference in the life of Maggie Selmeski.

Illinois and Missouri join 11 other States Legalizing CBD for Epilepsy for Pediatric Patients

Cannabidiol is being recognized nationwide for its powerful anti-seizure properties. Children who have never been able to live seizure-free are now being given access to a simple and effective natural treatment that seems to be changing many lives. Over the past week, Missouri and Illinois became the latest states to grant medical access to CBD for pediatric epilepsy patients. Missouri: Nixon signs hemp oil legislation On the last possible day to do it, Gov. Jay Nixon today signed Missouri legislation that will allow the use of hemp oil for children with rare forms of epilepsy. The CBD oil, which is low in the THC compound that gives users a “high,” is becoming a preferred alternative for many parents when several other approved treatments aren’t effective in reducing the...

Novagant releases GoldenCBD oil including capsules and liquids

Novagant Corp. (OTC: NVGT) (Pinksheets: NVGT) is pleased to announce that in this month of July it will release its GoldenCBD™ oil that will be available in several forms, including capsules and liquids. It will be the answer for those Medical Cannabis Patients living outside Washington and Colorado. Novagant’s GoldenCBD™, along with its GLAVAPE™ product, is proud to be the finest, most consistent Cannabidiol (CBD)-rich hemp oil in the world. The Company combined the power of natural hemp with the gift from mother nature to scientifically formulated CBD-rich hemp oil. GoldenCBD™ is 100% natural and derived from the federally-legal industrial hemp plant. The Company’s unique hemp cultivars, combined with its proprietary technologies, produce the highest quality CBD-rich hemp oil...

Experimental Cannabis Derived Medicine Shows Promising Results

(Reuters) – An experimental cannabis drug has produced promising results in a small study of children with hard-to-treat epilepsy, sending shares in its British maker GW Pharmaceuticals to an all-time high. The company, which grows cannabis under license at a secret location in Britain, is developing a range of so-called cannabinoid medicines. It already sells Sativex for spasticity caused by multiple sclerosis across Europe. The latest findings for its new product Epidiolex follow an assessment of 27 children and young adults with treatment-resistant epilepsy who were given the drug in two U.S. hospitals under an expanded access program. Epidiolex is given as a strawberry-lime flavored syrup twice a day. The medicine contains the cannabinoid CBD but none of the psychoactive ingredie...

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