Study: CBD Oil “Highly Promising” In Pediatric Epilepsy Treatment

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According to recent data published in the journal Seizure, high CBD cannabis oil extracts effectively reduce the frequence of seizures that occur in children with intractable epilepsy. In the Isreali study, researchers looked at the effects of CBD oil with a stardardized ratio of 20:1 CBD to THC over a three month period on a multicenter cohort of 74 patients who suffered from a treatment resistant form of intractable epilepsy. The researchers reported, "CBD treatment yielded a significant positive effect on seizure load. Most of the children (89 percent) reported reduction in seizure frequency. ... In addition, we observed improvement in behavior and alertness, language, communication, motor skills, and sleep." They went on to conclude, "The results of this multicenter study on CBD treatment for intractable epilepsy in a population of children and adolescents are highly promising. Further prospective, well-designed clinical trials using enriched CBD medical cannabis are warranted."

The results of this study support the findings of other previously published retrospective studies, which suggest cannabidiol is not only effective in reducing the frequency of seizures in children, but that it also might have an adequate safety profile for these young patients. This information has been brought to you by NORML and approved by our Chief Medical Officer. You can also find an abstract of the study here.