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Cannabis 101: A guide to CBD oil

Cannabidiol, or CBD, is a non-intoxicating chemical compound that comes from the cannabis sativa plant.  CBD is one of over 100 such compounds, known as cannabinoids, which are found in the plant. Unlike THC — or tetrahydrocannabinol, another cannabinoid — CBD is non-euphoric. What is the history of CBD? CBD was first discovered in the 1940’s by Roger Adams, the former head of the chemistry department at University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. In his research, Adams isolated CBD from hemp but couldn’t determine what exactly he’d found. In addition to CBD, Adams also synthesized analogs of THC and another cannabinoid, showing their relationship to CBD. In the 1960’s, Israeli chemist Raphael Mechoulam and his team took the research further, eventually synthesizing cannabinoids — includin...

Federal chokehold on marijuana stymies studies on epilepsy, autism

A few years ago, I began to see children in my practice who seemingly responded to marijuana-derived extracts. And as a result, I grew cautiously optimistic that these extracts might be good treatments for the condition. As a devout believer in evidence-based medicine, I still needed experimental data that could distinguish bona fide effectiveness from a deceptive impression of benefit — a placebo effect. But my desire to study marijuana ran headlong into a seemingly immovable obstacle: the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). The agency’s illogical and stubborn stance makes it all but impossible for scientists to study cannabidiol. I persevered and eventually succeeded in launching a study, but no doubt many others give up, robbing us of valuable insight into marijuana’s potential benefits...

FDA warns drug manufacturer marketing CBD products

PLEASE BEWARE – DON’T SELF MEDICATE WITH OVER THE COUNTER CBD PRODUCTS/CLAIMS – EpilepsyU The July 31 warning letter reflects FDA’s continuing concern over the marketing of CBD products—including supplements—to treat diseases like cancer and schizophrenia without agency drug approval. For the fourth year in a row, FDA delivered at least one warning letter related to the sale of cannabidiol (CBD), reflecting the agency’s concerns that the cannabis-based compound features claims documenting an intent to treat diseases such as cancer and schizophrenia without necessary drug approval. FDA also reiterated its position that CBD cannot be lawfully sold as a dietary supplement because, in part, it has been subject to substantial clinical investigations held by GW Pharmaceut...

Medical cannabis ‘safe’ for severe childhood epilepsy

Australian Study Shows – A small but significant group had a notable reduction in their seizures lmost all of the first 40 children given cannabidiol for severe epilepsy in Australia had an adverse event within three months — although most were mild and unrelated to the therapy, according to a study. Although four children withdrew from the NSW study, more than half of the cohort showed at least some improvement in the eyes of their treating doctors and carers, say the authors of the paper published in the Medical Journal of Australia. Paediatric neurologists tracked tolerability, adverse events and the subjective impressions of caregivers and treating neurologists among the first group of children with drug-resistant epilepsy and uncountable daily seizures enrolled in the ongoing NS...

Medical cannabis for epilepsy approved in FDA first

In the context of an ever-louder international debate on whether patients with severe forms of epilepsy should be allowed to use medical cannabis to manage their condition, the Food and Drug Administration have just officially approved one such drug.   The Food and Drug Administration have just approved a cannabis-based drug for the first time.  

The FDA Says It Will Likely Never Approve Smoking Cannabis

The federal agency joins a community of health experts who think smoking is not a good way to consume weed.   The commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, Scott Gottlieb, recently suggested that the agency would never approve of smoking cannabis. This opposition to smoking is shared by many health experts, even those who approve of medical cannabis in general. FEATURED PHOTO: WASHINGTON, D.C. – APRIL 05: FDA Commissioner-designate Scott Gottlieb testifies during a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing on April 5, 2017 on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Zach Gibson/Getty Images)

Cannabis Compound Confirmed as Epilepsy Treatment for Atonic Seizures (Drop Attacks)

Cannabidiol (CBD), a compound derived from the cannabis plant that does not produce a “high” and has been an increasing focus of medical research, was shown in a new large-scale, randomized, controlled trial to significantly reduce the number of dangerous seizures in patients with a severe form of epilepsy called Lennox–Gastaut syndrome.   In the new study comparing 2 doses of CBD to a placebo, the researchers reported a 41.9 percent reduction in “drop seizures”—a type of seizure that results in severe loss of muscle control and balance—in patients taking a 20 mg/kg/d CBD regimen, a 37.2 percent reduction in those on a 10 mg/kg/d CBD regimen, and a 17.2 percent reduction in a group given a placebo.

Epilepsy, Medical Marijuana and CBD: Myths and Facts

While a Food and Drug Administration advisory panel recently recommended pharmaceutical-grade cannabidiol (CBD) as a treatment for two rare forms of epilepsy, CBD medication is not the same thing as medical marijuana, which is more available than ever before and promoted for wide variety of health conditions. The American Epilepsy Society (AES) wants to alert the 3 million people with epilepsy about the myths and facts related to CBD medication – derived from one of the many compounds found in in cannabis (the marijuana plant) – and medical marijuana.   Medical marijuana, which is now legal in 29 states as well as the District of Columbia, refers to the physician-prescribed use of the whole, unprocessed marijuana plant or its basic extracts to treat the symptoms of an illness and othe...

Child Protective Services called on parents treating kid with CBD oil for epilepsy

Photo: Jaelah Jerger (L) and Vala Jerger (R) (Photo courtesy their mother.)   Indiana allows CBD oil for epilepsy, but the girl’s particular form of epilepsy is not protected.   It all began last August. Even though the laws in Indiana for cannabis are strict, the Jergers knew there were certain laws permitting CBD oil use for epilepsy patients. Concerned about the side-effects of antiepileptic drug Keppra, they decided to try CBD oil to help with their daughter Jaelah’s seizures, ordering it from a company in Colorado. Then, unexpectedly, Child Protective Services showed up at their door.

Many States Considering Illegal CBD Crackdown Laws

Michigan, Texas and many other states are looking at doing what the Texas Department of State Health is thinking about; a crackdown on foods and oils which contain CBD.   CBD is a component in marijuana/hemp plants. Unlike THC, the psychedelic active ingredient in cannabis, it cannot actually get you high; it’s frequently utilized to deal with seizure disorders.   Texas and other states are proposing a crack down on merchants who sell items consisting of “CBD”, stop selling of illegal and  “unapproved” products.  Many such over the counter CBD hemp oils have been found to be harmful due to lack of control in manufacturing, dangerous content and filler.  CBD and all marijuana products are still illegal under federal law in all states, however CBD crackdowns...

CBD Oil: All the Rage, But Is It Really Safe and Effective?

Cannabidiol (CBD) oil has become the hot new product in states that have legalized medical marijuana.   The non-intoxicating marijuana extract is being credited with helping treat a host of medical problems — everything from epileptic seizures to anxiety to inflammation to sleeplessness.

Can CBD oil help with migraines?

Cannabidiol oil comes from the marijuana plant, but it contains only trace amounts, if any, of the compound that produces a high. While cannabidiol oil has no psychoactive effects, it may relieve pain, and it shows some promise as a treatment for migraines.   More research is needed to determine whether cannabidiol (CBD) oil is safe and effective. Also, because products derived from the marijuana, or cannabis, plant tend to be unregulated, it is difficult to ensure the quality and quantity of ingredients.  

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