When I first talked about the healing powers of cannabis, it surprised a few of my readers. But its abilities are so astounding, I've won over most of them. As you know, I'm a fan of natural solutions, and I think cannabis is often safer than a lot of the deadly drugs pharmaceutical companies push on us. Plus, you can get the benefits of cannabis without using marijuana. I'll have more on that below. First, let me tell you about how cannabis use is helping families with epileptic children.
As I've explained before, cannabis has two active "ingredients": THC (tetra-hydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol). THC is the substance that can make people high or drugged. But CBD doesn't have these effects. It does, however, have a lot of beneficial effects on our health. Researchers from the Department of Neurology at Stanford University got in touch with parents from a Facebook group who were using cannabis enriched with extra CBD to treat their children's epilepsy.
These parents weren't just giving their children cannabis for the fun of it. In fact, for each of the 19 children included in the study, the parents had tried an average of 12 antiepileptic drugs before turning to cannabis for help. But most were very glad they did. Eighty-four percent of the children experienced a decrease in seizure frequency after taking the cannabis. In fact, two were completely free of seizures, while eight experienced a decrease of more than 80%. And six reported a reduction of between 25% and 60% in how often they had seizures.
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The parents also reported some additional benefits. Their children were more alert and in better moods, and they slept better. The only side effects observed were drowsiness and fatigue. That's a common symptom of cannabis. But you don't need to take cannabis to get all the effects of CBD.
Yes, you can find CBD in cannabis. But that's not the only place to get it. It's also found in the hemp plant. The hemp plant doesn't make you sleepy or tired. And it won't get you high. That's because hemp doesn't contain THC. And for many medical issues, including epilepsy, you need only the CBD anyway.
You can get the CBD that I use in the clinic and have good success with at www.fullspectrumhemp.com or by calling 833-355-4325. It's called CBD Gel With Turmeric. Start with 1 ml of the gel taken orally three times daily. Within a week, you should feel the effects. At that point, adjust the dose accordingly. And if you have a child with epilepsy, talk to his or her doctor about giving CBD a try. A number of parents have seen their children experience significant relief.
Yours for better health,
Frank Shallenberger, MD