With the current presidential elections well underway, the marijuana debate is a hot topic. Republican candidates such as Marco Rubio and Ben Carson are openly against the idea of legalizing marijuana, while the three Democratic candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are mostly for it. Candidates like Donald Trump have fallen somewhere in between, “we aren’t voting for it, but we don’t really want to fight against it.”
While all parties involved bring up very valid points, we must not forget that there are two sides to every story, and that a marijuana strain that is rich in cannabidiol (CBD) has been the key protagonist in some recent positive medical studies. In fact, a 2015 study assessed the safety of Epidiolex, the drug made from CBD.
According to resources from Epilepsy.org, the study, conducted by Director of the New York University Langone Comprehensive Epilepsy Center Dr. Orrin Devinsky, analyzed 213 adults and children living with hard to treat epilepsies. Of these participants, 12 people could not finish the trial due to their side-effects. However, those who did complete the trial experienced an average 54% decrease in the number of their seizures.
The Stanley Brothers, an organization of brothers from Colorado, co-founded the Realm of Caring Foundation in early 2012. Their intent was to raise awareness and improve advocacy about cannabis. The brothers had cross-bred a strain of cannabis that reduced seizure frequency in epileptic patients. Meanwhile, a little girl named Charlotte was suffering from untreatable epileptic seizures every 25 minutes. After nearly dying twice from these seizures, her parents and doctors agreed not to resuscitate her if this happened a third time.
Charlotte’s family discovered the Stanley Brothers cannabis tincture and attempted the treatment as a last result. With a regular dosage of the cannabis strain that contains high amounts of CBD and less than .3% of THC, Charlotte’s seizures decreased from every 25 minutes to two to four seizures per month.
There are various case studies that support the idea of using different strains of marijuana for health reasons. For example, 6-year old Logan of Michigan was diagnosed with B cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia at the age of one. After multiple treatment of chemo and radiation, he relapsed three times and even received a bone marrow transplant in 2013. In 2014, the 5-year old boy was given 3 to 6 months to live. Not willing to give up the fight, Logan’s family has chosen to treat him with cannabis oil that is high in CBD and THC. Although the medical research isn’t quite evident yet, Logan has shown unexplainable improvement since starting the oil.
The benefits of medical marijuana with a high strain of CBD has not been limited just to life-threatening illnesses. Studies report that it can also act as an antiemetic to reduce nausea and vomiting, an antipsychotic to combat psychosis disorders, an anti-inflammatory, and an anti-depressant among other medical properties.
CBD oils can be found in holistic wellness centers across the United States. CBD oils and pills can be legally purchased in Glass Gone Wow at any of their stores in Pittsburgh, West Virgina, and Ohio.
Cure Your Own Cancer – http://www.cureyourowncancer.org/team-logan.html
NCBI – http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22625422
Canna Hacker, Charlotte’s Web – http://www.cannahacker.com/charlottes-web-a-young-girl-and-her-familys-last-resort/