cannabidiol oil

Cannabidiol oil from marijuana may help control epilepsy. This has been suspected for a while. Some parents have even moved to states where medical marijuana is legal to treat their epileptic children. Researchers presented preliminary study results at the 70th Annual Meeting of the American Epilepsy Society.

Cannabidiol Oil Against Seizures:

They found that cannabidiol oil (CBD) reduced seizures in both children and adults. In addition, many patients also had less severe seizures. The 42 children and 39 adults all had hard-to-treat epilepsy and most achieved significant benefit with CBD.

Worries About Marijuana:

Many physicians are concerned about prescribing CBD, since it is derived from marijuana (Cannabis sativa). Cannabidiol does not have psychoactive properties, so people do not get high on it the way they would with THC-containing marijuana.

Potential for Interactions:

There are other concerns, however. Some researchers reported that CBD oil may interact with other drugs including the anticoagulant warfarin. It may also mix badly with other anticonvulsant drugs such as topiramate. That is why anyone considering CBD oil for intractable epilepsy should be under careful medical supervision. In such cases, it should not be used as a home remedy.

American Epilepsy Society 70th Annual Meeting

Preliminary research was reported earlier this year at the American Academy of Neurology. We delved into the larger topic of medicinal marijuana earlier this year as well. We spoke with Dr. David Casarett, author of Stoned: A Doctor’s Case for Medical Marijuana. 

You can also read a letter from a mother of a child with intractable epilepsy. Treatment with cannabidiol oil made a major difference for her son.

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  1. Cindy M. Black
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    Howard, in Florida (I THINK that’s the right commenter; it’s hard to tell) lists a huge number of drug categories that may have “possible interactions” with CBD oil. Fair enough, but I’m familiar with many, many users of medical cannabis, and most of the strains they use are high in CBD. Most of these people are somewhat sick if not very sick, and they use all kinds of meds in conjunction with the mj. I have NEVER heard any of them refer to any kind of interaction. I’m not saying negative interactions have not happened, but I think it would be very rare. CBD is considered quite safe — much safer than Rx meds I believe.

  2. Julie
    Newborn, OR
    Reply

    I live in Oregon, so have access to MJ. My husband had ALS. He got a medical marijuana card, and I got one for being his caregiver. He likes the THC and CBD oil which I gave him twice a day in his PEG tube. We also found the ointment for joint &/o soft tissue pain. It is mostly CBD but some THC to aid in absorption (at least that is what I was told). I started using it for my sore joints and my trigger finger. I stocked up while my caregiver card was active. (it has since expired). It is wonderful.

  3. Lynn
    Merritt Island, FL
    Reply

    Husband has serious idiopathic neuropathy in both feet. Would be very interested in learning more about CBD for helping alleviate his pain especially if topical use of oil or creams might help. Here in Florida, medical marijuana use has just been approved. Does anyone know how best to locate an MD who might understand this medical application. Thinking maybe the average primary care MD might not be up to date or willing to prescribe as it’s so new.

  4. Howard N
    FL
    Reply

    An online search found a list of categories of drugs that may interact with CBD oil, due to its effect on the P-450 enzyme pathway that these drugs use. Here’s a list:

    Steroids
    HMG CoA reductase inhibitors
    Calcium channel blockers
    Antihistamines
    Prokinetics
    HIV antivirals
    Immune modulators
    Benzodiazepines
    Anti-arrythmics
    Antibiotics
    Anesthetics
    Anti-psychotics
    Anti-depressants
    Anti-epileptics
    Beta blockers
    PPIs
    NSAIDs
    Angiotension II blockers
    Oral hypoglycemic agents
    Sulfonylureas

    An educated CBD oil consumer is a safer consumer. Most doctors would not be aware of the potential interactions (and would likely just advise patients not to use it).

  5. BJ
    Los Angeles, Calif.
    Reply

    Cannabidiol is a single molecule. If that single molecule is extracted from marijuana, it is subject to “Reefer Madness” regulation, even though it has no THC component.

    If on the other hand the exact same cannabidiol single molecule substance is extracted from industrial hemp, it is over the counter in 50 states and 300 countries. No marijuana card required.

    There are several suppliers in this country, including health food stores, and also direct online sales from the manufacturers.

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