Cannabidiol for Epilepsy

Epilepsy is a supported condition under the Compassionate Use Act in the state of Texas. Below, you can find all information related to the efficacy of medical CBD in Texas and epilepsy.

Approximately 30 percent of people with epilepsy don’t respond well to conventional treatments, but cannabidiol (CBD), a non-psychoactive compound found in the cannabis plant, has emerged as a promising alternative treatment option.

Research indicates CBD treatments may decrease the frequency of convulsive seizures in some patients suffering with intractable epilepsy, and numerous patients and caregivers have come forward across the country in recent years reporting positive responses to CBD.

A landmark study published in 2017 in the New England Journal of Medicine compared CBD with a placebo on 120 children and young adults with drug-resistant seizures symptomatic of Dravet Syndrome. CBD use cut the occurrence of seizures by nearly half for 43 percent of trial patients.

Even before this study, the effectiveness of CBD for seizure disorders has been known as early as 1980, when Raphael Mechoulam – the Israeli biochemist credited with the isolation of both CBD and THC – released findings revealing successful outcomes for epilepsy patients undergoing CBD treatments.

In 2013, when neurologist Sanjay Gupta told the story of Charlotte Figi, a young girl suffering from Dravet syndrome whose symptoms greatly improved with the use of CBD, the world began to take notice. Gupta’s CNN special “Weed” highlighted Figi’s story and triggered a wave of states enacting laws that allow for the use of CBD treatments for epilepsy.

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