CBD has been touted for a wide variety of health issues, but the strongest scientific evidence is for its effectiveness in treating some of the cruelest childhood epilepsy syndromes, such as Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (LGS), which typically don’t respond to antiseizure medications. In numerous studies, CBD was able to reduce the number of seizures, and in some cases it was able to stop them altogether. Videos of the effects of CBD on these children and their seizures are readily available on the Internet for viewing, and they are quite striking. Recently the FDA approved the first ever cannabis-derived medicine for these conditions, Epidiolex, which contains CBD.


Cunha et al. reported a 2-phase pilot study of CBD versus placebo in normal volunteers and patients with refractory secondarily generalized epilepsy (14). In the first phase, 8 normal volunteers received CBD or placebo in a doubled-blind fashion, at a dose of 3 mg/kg for 30 days. The second phase was also double-blinded in 15 patients with epilepsy receiving 200 to 300 mg daily of CBD or placebo for 135 days. Patients continued baseline AED. All subjects tolerated CBD well, with no serious adverse events. Four of the epilepsy patients receiving CBD were “almost free of convulsive crisis” for the duration of the study. Three other patients receiving CBD had a partial reduction in seizures, and 1 subject had no response. Of the 7 patients receiving placebo, seizure frequency was unchanged in 6, and 1 had clear improvement in seizure control.
I was taking THC and CBD oil for pain and developed stomach pain so bad that I thought I had pancreatitis. It was the worst pain of my life and lastest about an hour. I had previous stomach discomfort from the oil but this last bout has kept me from ever wanting to try it again. I can’t vape or smoke because I about choke to death and edibles aren’t legal in our state so I’m off of the marijuana and back to opioids unfortunately. I did have gastric bypass surgery 10 years ago – I suppose its possible it make me more sensitive.
Physically, the ECS is one of the most significant systems in the human body. It is made up of thousands of neurological receptors throughout the brain and body, all passing messages to one another in order for the body to function. The ECS is known to be responsible for a variety of motor functions, immune system functions, and nervous system functions as well. Through this intricate network of receptors, various enzymes, proteins, and other components pass signals to and from one another, thus helping us to physically adapt to changes.
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