Cannabis Oil – Treatment for Epilepsy and Beyond!

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Cannabidiol (CBD) is a non-psychoactive component of Cannabis that has helped treat autism, cancer, epilepsy, IBS, migraines, and so many other health issues. Now legal in the United States, the CBD oil from the Hemp plant of the Cannabis genus of flowering plants (mainly the sativa and indica species) has been used for its medicinal properties since ancient times.  We will celebrate with a couple of children whose epilepsy is being treated successfully with CBD, as well as look some of the history of treating with cannabis. has a library of research articles around an extensive list of health ailment that can be treated with this gift from nature.  The link for this research on Cannabidiol: Pharmacology and potential therapeutic role in epilepsy and other neuropsychiatric disorders was found there – I am gratefully impressed with all the research that is actually available for us to be educated with.

Cannabinoids: A Brief History of Their Medicinal Uses – The Cannabis genus of flowering plants mainly comprises the sativa and indica species. Indigenous to Central and South Asia, cannabis was used for millennia to produce hemp fiber for rope, clothing, bowstrings, and paper; for its seeds and seed oils; as livestock feed; and for medicine, religious ceremonies, and recreation. Hemp is now a worldwide crop used to make cordage, construction material, paper, and textiles, as well as for edible seeds, milk, and oil. The two major neuroactive components in cannabis are the psychoactive D9 -tetrahydrocannabinol (D9 -THC) and the nonpsychoactive cannabidiol. We use nonpsychoactive to indicate a lack of psychotropic effects that produce a “high” similar to that of D9 -THC; however, CBD can have some antianxiety and other behavioral effects.(1)

Recent years have seen a resurgence in interest in the therapeutic potential of compounds derived from these plants. Specifically, the nonpsychoactive compound cannabidiol (CBD) has shown promise as an anticonvulsant with novel mechanisms of action and a favorable side-effect profile. Cannabinoidbased therapies are already approved for conditions as diverse as spasticity, nausea, and pain. An abundance of preclinical evidence and anecdotal human data support the use of cannabinoids in the treatment of epilepsy. Medicinal preparations from the flowers and resin of C. sativa have been used in China since ~2,700 BCE to treat menstrual disorders, gout, rheumatism, malaria, constipation, and absent-mindedness.(4) In medieval times, Islamic physicians used cannabis to treat nausea and vomiting, epilepsy, inflammation, pain, and fever. Western medicine used cannabis widely in the 1800s; before aspirin, it was a common analgesic drug. More recently, cannabis has been used to treat glaucoma, pain, nausea and vomiting, muscle spasms, insomnia, anxiety, and epilepsy. Evidence for efficacy varies substantially for different indications, with the best data in painful HIV-associated sensory neuropathy,(5) chronic pain,(6) chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting,(7) and spasms in patients with multiple sclerosis.(8)

There are many, many stories shared by people that have had success with treating cancers and various other health issues with CBD oil, but today let’s meet a couple of children that have had their epilepsy seizures controlled with CBD.

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