Cannabidiol (CBD) is a phytocannabinoid found in moderate to high concentration in a variety of cannabis strains (note it is also found in the hemp plant on it’s own). Over the past few years it has become a very popular option for the treatment of a variety of medical conditions. The best part about CBD is that it does not cause impairment. It does not lead to a high or euphoria like THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) can cause and thus has reduced side effects. CBD came to fame mostly by helping children with treatment resistant epilepsy. None more famous than Charlotte’s Web, a specific strain designed for a child with Dravet Syndrome, a very serious seizure disorder that often leaves children debilitated and cognitively impaired. You can learn more about Charlotte’s web and Charlotte’s miracle with CBD here:
To date I have been fortunate enough to help close to twenty children with debilitating seizure disorders like Charlotte. We have had mixed results with CBD on various seizure disorders but on average we are seeing 50%-75% of seizure patients having significant improvement with seizure reductions. Among these children are ones who have had near 100% improvement in their seizures and general well being. It is by far the most rewarding experiences I have had as a physician.
In addition to acting as an anti-epileptic medication, CBD has also been found to have numerous other benefits such as:
In my clinic I am using CBD as much as possible to alleviate chronic pain, anxiety, MS related spasticity and arthritis to name a few conditions. To date the success has been excellent with many patients reporting reductions in chronic symptoms and improvement in quality of life. The best part about CBD is that the side effects are minimal or non-existent. Very few patients have reported side effects and most are manageable. There are side benefits as well with CBD, such as many patient reporting “mental clarity” and “enhanced energy” when consuming the product.
If you are new to cannabinoids or looking to alleviate symptoms without getting potential cognitive side effects, CBD is the your best option. If you want to learn more about this amazing phytocannabinoid, I recommend heading over to https://www.projectcbd.org/. We still have so much to learn about the potential of CBD on diseases and hopefully more research will be produced in the coming years to understand if indeed this has the potential to a blockbuster wonder drug.