CBD and children health hope
In recent years, the medical use of medical cannabis has begun to expand throughout the world due to the benefits it reports for the treatment of some pathologies. In this regard, a study conducted at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem found that one of its components prevents early neuronal death and extends the life of brain cells, thus preventing degenerative diseases such as epilepsy.
CBD and its benefits
Other research published in the American Journal of Medicine revealed that its medicinal consumption can reduce blood glucose levels and prevent the onset of obesity and diabetes.
It has also been shown that some components of medicinal cannabis have analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties that are very effective in treating pain and various autoimmune diseases. In fact, some studies have revealed that it could also be very effective in fighting tumors.
Although the Food and Drug Administration of the United States has not recognized it as a medicine since to do so it would need to have several rigorous and generalized clinical trials, which so far have not been performed, the truth is that several scientific studies have demonstrated its effectiveness in the treatment of some pathologies. In fact, in several states of USA its medicinal consumption has been legalized and it has even begun to be used in children to relieve multiple ailments.
CBD oil and epilepsy in children
A study published recently in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that regular consumption of cannabidiol for medical purposes can reduce the frequency and intensity of seizures in children with severe epilepsy who do not respond to other treatments. To arrive at these results, the researchers administered 137 patients cannabidiol orally for 3 months, in that period 6%, that is 12 participants, had to leave the treatment due to the side effects of the drug. However, in the rest of the patients, the seizures were reduced by approximately 54%.
Can all children benefit from cannabis treatment?
The American Pediatric Association recommends that medical cannabis treatment be limited exclusively to children who have limiting or life-threatening diseases, for which there is no other successful therapy. In the United States, many children have begun to benefit from its effects, but in Spain, the prescription of Cannabis treatment is still subject to strict control since it is only used to treat multiple sclerosis.
Hence, at least 300 families are “illegally” medicating their children with cannabidiol to relieve their various symptoms.
Seizures are much more dangerous than cannabis
if we have a child who is convulsing 300 times a day, who with each seizure loses an incredible amount of neurons, which has neurological damage, logically that the potential risk that perhaps in the future this early use may eventually generate five points less than CI is an argument that is not valid.
How Does CBD Affect Minors Suffering from Epilepsy?
Since 2008, the number of publications related to the extraction of cannabinoids, CBD oil, has increased considerably, with today more than 1205 publications in scientific bases such as PubMed. Among the research with human patients, examples such as Porter and Jacobson are worth mentioning. In this study, the evolution over time after doses of CBD oil is documented in a group of 19 children (ages 2 to 16), resistant to conventional antiepileptic treatments, it is also documented that these individuals were treated with about 12 different types of drugs, prior to the start of the study.
It was found that more than 50% of the individuals presented drastic reductions in the number of seizures after the dose of CBD oil and without the presence of typical adverse effects mentioned above. Even more interesting, the dosage provided was a daily dose of 0.5mg / kg up to 28.6 mg / kg.
During progressive follow-up, parents and family members report that patients were released from seizures after 4 months of uninterrupted daily use. Other cases mention up to 80% reduction in the frequency of attacks.
It should be noted that these improvements also influenced other aspects of patients’ daily lives such as: improved mood, better sleep and increased alertness.
Parallel studies in healthy patients, report having implemented doses as high as 600mg in the use of CBD oil, this dosage showed to be very well tolerated and without producing psychotic symptoms in individuals.
The cannabis plant is made up of two main players: CBD and THC. “CBD is the non-psychoactive portion of the plant, so what that means is you won’t have any effects like euphoria,” says Junella Chin, DO, an osteopathic physician and medical cannabis experts. “You won’t feel sedated or altered in any way.”
Regarding this very important point, medical cannabis can be used for many different treatments, inclusive children can be relived from seizures.
In spite of the obstacles, the increasing investigations in this respect and the success stories reported by parents and users make the regulations change.
No parent wants to see their children suffer, and if cannabis can help children with chronic illnesses or cancer patients have a better quality of life, parental pressure will continue on legal bodies. Science is on your side.
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