The Trouble with CBD-Only State Laws

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With more than half of the states in the U.S. legalizing some form of medical marijuana, it's clear that states across the nation are trending towards making mmj available to patients. For many states, fully legalizing medical marijuana is too large of a step, so they legalize what they consider a safer option: High CBD or CBD-Only products. The implementation of these laws is highly motivated by children who suffer from epilepsy, but the problem with these laws is that they actually serve very few sufferers of childhood epilepsy. Research and anecdotal evidence has shown CBD-only oils significantly help fewer than 1/3 of patients. In addition, by limiting CBD-only to those who suffer from epilepsy, these laws are ignoring sizable populations of patients who suffer from other conditions and could benefit from the medication. 

Allowing patients access to CBD appears to be a step in the right direction, after all the cannabinoid CBD is effective in the treatment of cancer, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, pain, and anxiety. That being said, some patients could also greatly benefit from other cannabinoids like THC. There is evidence to suggest adults who suffer from seizures, especially female sufferers, have a greater need for THC. Products or strains that isolate CBD neglect recognizing the benefits of whole plant therapy. One study from 2014 and conducted by Dr. Kevin Chapman found that, of 58 children who suffered from severe forms of epilepsy, less than 30% of those treated with CBD-only oils saw a reduction in seizures by 50% or greater. After THC was included in the therapy, a majority of patients experienced a significant reduction in seizures. A 2015 survey from Care By Design in which 2,495 CBD patients participated found CBD oils lacking in THC were not as effective as those containing 20-35% THC. Patients who used oils with a ratio of 2:1 CBD to THC experienced "the greatest improvement in wellbeing," confirming that CBD and THC can work together to enhance their therapeutic effect in what many call the entourage effect.

There is countless anecdotal evidence to support these studies, and hopefully as states implement or ratify their medical marijuana laws, they will not ignore the benefits of whole plant therapy. This information has been provided by Whaxy and approved by our Chief Medical Officer