CBD for Epilepsyby Eric Linssen
Interest in cannabis-derived products to help individuals living with epilepsy manage their symptoms has skyrocketed in recent years. Several randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled studies have demonstrated CBD’s therapeutic potential to manage symptoms of certain types of epilepsy — so much so that in June 2018, the FDA approved Epidiolex, the first plant-derived cannabinoid prescription medicine that is a purified 99% oil-based CBD extract from the cannabis sativa plant.
In addition to an overall reduction in seizures, CBD has been found to reduce adverse effects associated with other anti-seizure medication and demonstrated clinically significant improvements in depression, anxiety, sleep and overall quality of life.
CBD for chronic pain and inflammationby Eric LinssenCBD presents a therapeutic opportunity for the treatment of intractable chronic pain for which primary treatments are insufficient. However, because the use of CBD has only been studied in context-specific scenarios, it should not be used indiscriminately. While most studies that examine the effects of CBD have employed animal models, experts suggest that the results of those studies may have therapeutic implications for humans, but more research is necessary.