Let’s face it. The time has come.
Even the FDA has opened its eyes with new clinical trials. Although the AMA chooses to keep their heads in the sand. For now.
It used to be popular to debate the merits and dangers of medical marijuana. For example, it could lead to addiction. Like cocaine. (Oh please!)
But now, there’s clinically proven scientific proof, with more to come…
The studies will be lead by Orrin Devinsky MD, Director of the Comprehensive Epilepsy Center at New York University, and Roberta Cilio, MD, PhD, at the University of California.
Both were recently awarded FDA approval to conduct a clinical trial that will study the safety and tolerability of cannabidiol (CBD) in children with epilepsy.
Also, The University of California’s Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research is undergoing a three-year program overseeing objective, high quality medical research that will “enhance understanding of the efficacy and adverse effects of marijuana as a pharmacological agent.”
And that’s just the tip of the iceberg…
Ever since Dr. Sanjay Gupta — a practicing neurosurgeon — used his CNN special “Weed” to show how CBD cannabis medicine helped a six-year-old child with Dravet Syndrome reduce her seizures from 300 per week to just a few per month, doctors, patients and their families have been clamoring for access.
Under these new Investigational New Drug (IND) studies, 50 children will initially ingest Epidiolex, a trademarked viscous CBD liquid that comes in a bottle with a syringe dropper, and the number of patients enrolled could increase quickly if the treatment shows promise.
(CBD — or Cannabidiol — is a compound in cannabis that has medical effects but does not make people feel “stoned”.)
Here’s how it works…
Medical researchers believe cannabidiol provides therapeutic benefit by interacting with receptors in the brain and spinal cord. Including interaction with many other neurotransmitter/neuromodulator systems, for a reach that extends nearly throughout the body.
Moreover, researchers say current knowledge of the cannabinoid system suggests the existence of other cannabinoid receptors yet to be discovered.
The proof is unmistakably present. Especially for those with drug resistant epilepsy.
Take the story of Regan Engelhardt…
After experimenting with different strains and CBD ratios, Regan Engelhardt’s daily seizure frequency fell from 50 seizures per night down to five.
Before cannabis, her seizures dramatically altered her ability to walk, sleep, eat, or drink. She had been hospitalized for dehydration as a result.
According to her mother, the pharmaceutical medications delayed her ability to walk until the age of 2 and left her “catatonic.”
Currently, Regan’s cannabis medicine has allowed her to be weaned off one pharmaceutical medication, has increased focus, and is able to sleep through the night.
“You see so much more light back in her eyes” her mother Suzie says.“Just a couple of weeks ago I wondered if she would ever come back.”
“In the coming months, if the FDA is comfortable about how things are going, there will be a number of senior epileptologists in major university centers throughout the US, each treating a couple of dozen patients with various epilepsies,” said Dr. Geoffrey Guy, MD.
The debate is over. It’s time to get down to business.
NOTE: Each state has its own guidelines regarding the cultivation, possession and use of medical marijuana.
So far, 20 states have legalized medical marijuana, with four states pending.
To locate them, go to Pain Management of America http://www.medicalmarijuana.net/
You can also find information about each state’s rules, regulations and standards at http://norml.org/legal/medical-marijuana-2
Links for full information:
Medical Frequently Asked Questions http://norml.org/marijuana/medical/item/medical-frequently-asked-questions
Medical Marijuana (Legal Issues) http://norml.org/legal/medical-marijuana-2
Articles of interest:
Canada’s First Cannabis Vending Machine Starts Operation http://www.collective-evolution.com/2014/05/08/canadas-first-cannabis-vending-machine-starts-operation/
Creator of Charlotte’s Web marijuana strain says Canada legislation is archaic http://theepilepsynetwork.com/creator-of-charlottes-web-marijuana-strain-says-canada-legislation-is-archaic/
Pivotal Point Is Seen as More States Consider Legalizing Marijuana http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/27/us/momentum-is-seen-as-more-states-consider-legalizing-marijuana.html?_r=0
Epilepsy Foundation Calls for Immediate Action on Medical Marijuana http://justsaynow.firedoglake.com/2014/02/20/epilepsy-foundation-calls-for-immediate-action-of-medical-marijuana/
Cannabis Helping Children with Severe Epilepsy http://www.wakingtimes.com/2012/07/17/cannabis-helping-children-severe-epilepsy/
FDA Approves Marijuana-Based Epilepsy Drug For Use On Kids In Clinical Trials http://www.medicaldaily.com/fda-approves-marijuana-based-epilepsy-drug-use-kids-clinical-trials-261998
Pot Smoking Docs, Acetaminophen Dosing http://www.medpagetoday.com/PublicHealthPolicy/GeneralProfessionalIssues/43814?isalert=1&uun=g678262d549R5845719u&utm_source=breaking-news&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=breaking-news&xid=NL_breakingnews_2014-01-15
Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s Pot Confessional Gets Global Headlines http://www.cnn.com/2013/08/09/health/gupta-weed-reaction/
Marijuana: The “M” Word http://www.harborsidehealthcenter.com/the-M-word.html
Sanjay Gupta Explains How To Consume Medical Marijuana (VIDEO) http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/29/sanjay-gupta-pot-how-to-get-high_n_3836698.html
Too High? Medical Marijuana Dispensing Machine’s Stock Increases 3,000% http://venturebeat.com/2012/11/17/too-high-medical-marijuana-dispensing-machine-companys-stock-increases-3000/
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