I have previously written about using cannabis for seizure disorders. I thought I would share some of my recent experiences and some knowledge I have gained in particular as Dr. Sanjay Gupta will be sharing his views and experience with Cannabidiol and seizures. This is a new position for Dr. Gupta that he will share with the public this Sunday evening on CNN at 8 PM PDT. Be sure to tune in and read on to read some of my own recent experiences with rich CBD oils/extracts in childhood seizures.
To begin with, overall, the efficacy of rich CBD dosed extracts to help treat seizures, particularly in treatment resistant seizure disorders, is well established. I have seen two children, under the age of 7 in the past two weeks alone, where their seizures, both having 3-4 grand mals per day, go to having less than one limited seizure per week. Can you imagine how this changes the life of the child as well as parents and other family members? It certainly always places a big smile on my face.
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The ratio of cannabinoids and dosing is clearly somewhat debated. I know that groups in Colorado are using a CBD dose of 1 mg per pound. I think this is pretty excessive for most kids and have spoken with one mother whose child was becoming sedated. Remember, although CBD may not be psychoactive, the whole plant version of CBD with all the other cannabinoids and minor cannabinoids makes the medicine somewhat psychoactive – particularly in higher doses.
The average daily dose I have seen work very effectively for most kids is around 12-15 mg of whole plant CBD per 24 hours in divided doses. I have seen some exceptional responses even at doses of 6 mg whole plant CBD per day.
States that have legalized CBD have also seen a noticeable decline in opioid prescription rates, according to Dr. Gupta. As the opioid epidemic continues to grow with no end in sight, doctors are paying close attention to how CBD can change the way people are prescribed painkillers. Alpert agrees: “There’s a lot of research showing that marijuana can be an effective treatment for chronic pain, and that when opioid use is necessary, using it together with marijuana has a better benefit for pain reduction and withdrawal symptoms,” she says. “I’m happy to see doctors beginning to recommend CBD before jumping to their prescription pad for pain relief, anxiety, insomnia, and more.”
The FDA actually approved CBD use before it was legal on the federal level. It wasn’t until the passing of the Farm Bill in 2018 that hemp was legalized, therefore legalizing the CBD found in it. Even though there’s still confusion, both Dr.Gupta and Dr.Oz stress that authorities aren’t likely to knock down your door for CBD possession. The legal lines are blurred from state to state and authorities seem to be taking CBD possession on a case-by-case basis.
Case in point: Just this month on May 13, 2019, a woman visiting Disney World was arrested after a guard found CBD oil in her purse. After quickly providing a doctor’s note, she was released without being charged. Brooke Alpert, cannabis practitioner and editor-at-large of CBD Snapshot believes this is because there’s still so much confusion surrounding CBD. “CBD from industrial hemp can be legally bought over the counter, so most people will not have a doctor’s note to provide,” she tells DoctorOz.com. If you are found with medical marijuana, you will need to provide a doctor’s note if you’re not in a state where medical marijuana is legalized.
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Dr. Gupta has also interviewed PTSD patients who claim CBD helped change their lives for the better. All of these potential uses mean doctors are eager to learn more about how they can provide CBD relief to their patients.
Both Dr. Gupta and Dr. Oz have made public calls for more CBD research to help real Americans with medical issues, and Dr. Gupta took a strong stance on CBD products. “There’s a legitimate medicine in here,” said Dr. Gupta on The Doctor Oz Show last year. “And I worry when we start to see products like this that it could minimize the importance of what CBD could do.”
CBD is short for cannabidiol. It’s a chemical found in both marijuana and hemp, but marijuana also has the addition of THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, which is the chemical that creates a psychological “high.” Hemp is cannabis that has less than 0.3 percent of THC. Basically, CBD is found in both hemp and marijuana, but hemp only contains CBD without the presence of THC, and therefore produces no psychedelic high.
Now that CBD is legalized on the federal level with the Farm Bill, the research Dr. Oz and Dr. Gupta called for may finally be underway — without the distraction of trendy products and the confusion of how laws once varied state by state.
CNN correspondent Dr. Gupta responded to the developments over the weekend: “I report on medical marijuana,” he wrote to his Facebook and Twitter followers. “I don’t sell it.”
Caridi said that their partnership with Dr. Gupta was key because of his specialization in pain treatment and because he has a distribution network of 160,000 doctors — Caridi also argued that this qualifies him as the medical cannabis movement’s “real” Dr. Sanjay Gupta.
The other Dr. Sanjay Gupta — a pain specialist — is the president of the American Pain Association and director for Health Time TV.
See Dr. Gupta’s full statement to his followers below:
Some have suggested that TOKI purposefully misrepresented the partnership as a sort of publicity stunt to drive up the company’s stock prices. However, TOKI chairman and CEO Michael Caridi said in a phone interview with Ganjapreneur that any misrepresentations were due to misleading media reports, not the company’s press material.