Alabama parents are welcoming governor Robert Bentley’s approval of a medical cannabis CBD oil bill that will allow their children access to cannabidiol (CBD) oil, also known as ‘Charlotte’s web’. Although this may seem to be a controversial move on the surface, it must be remembered that CBD will not make children (or adults) high. Apart from doing no harm, this natural product may do a whole lot of good, and is believed by many to be helpful to those suffering from debilitating diseases, according to an Alabama.com news report.
Leni’s Law comes into effect
The new law has been dubbed Leni’s Law, named after a child whose parents moved to Oregon so that CBD oil could be legally used to treat her chronic seizures. It is an extension to an existing law, Carly’s Law, which allowed for a UAB study into CBD oil as a treatment for those suffering from seizures.
Governor Bentley is a medical doctor, and according to the report, his decision is based on his belief that those suffering from chronic disorders should be allowed freedom of choice in order to explore every possible treatment that may be of help.
The UAB study made possible through the approval of Carly’s Law found that there were seizure control benefits for 50% of patients treated with CBD oil, a non-psychoactive cannabis component found in hemp cannabis. According to the report, the governor is hoping that the new law will allow studies into other diseases for which CBD is reputed to be helpful.
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Medical cannabis oil: not necessarily a ‘high’
Reports such as this might give people the impression that marijuana is being given to children, but this is definitely not the case. CBD rich medical cannabis oil is completely different from THC rich oils that are used to obtain a recreational high.
Researchers are focussing on the CBD cannabinoid as a potential pharmaceutical compound thanks to its lack of any severe side effects including the ‘high’ associated with THC. The UAB study mirrors similar trials around the world in which CBD extracts are being used to treat children with severe seizure disorders. Conclusive results and a clear treatment protocol have yet to be determined, but with promising research results and little or no potential for harm, Governor Bentley feels that parents and patients should be allowed to decide whether to try CBD for seizure prevention as well as for other possible applications.
CBD oil not yet a replacement for conventional medications
Although promising research results and success stories such as that of Charlotte Figi abound, Scientific American warns that the use of CBD to treat drug resistant seizures is not as yet fully conclusive and that caution should be exercised.
Parents who plan to use medicinal cannabis oil as an adjunct to conventional treatment should be open with their physicians, since a possibility of interactions with other drugs exists.
Will the ‘alternative’ treatment become mainstream?
With pharmaceutical companies and the FDA taking medical cannabis oil seriously as a potential seizure treatment, it seems that CBD oil’s reputation as an ‘alternative’ treatment may soon become more widely recognized. We’d be interested in hearing whether you have tried CBD oil as a treatment for seizures. Feel free to share your story!