Cannabis has been the subject of intense debate in the last few years, and now it appears that CNN is praising the plants healing abilities. While the federal government retains its draconian stance on the medicinal plant, it isn’t just the media realizing its power, countless states across the US are waking up and seeing just what the marijuana plant has to offer. Among the many uses for cannabis, one of the most profound may be its ability to help treat seizures.
The cannabis plant is known for containing many medicinial properties and is home to over 400 different compounds. One of these compounds is known as cannabidiol, or CBD, and many anectdotal stories have illustrated its potential benefits for people suffering with seizure disorders such as epilepsy and Dravet syndrome. Finally, research on this very topic has confirmed that the purported benefits of CBD are indeed a reality. Recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine, the team conducted a randomized, double-blind placebo-controlled human trial – which is the apex of testing protocols for new medicines.
The researchers found that in children taking CBD, convulsive seizure incidence was reduced by a staggering 23 percentage points greater than the placebo group. In total, monthly seizures in the CBD group were reduced by 39 percent, compared to a 14 percent reduction seen in the placebo group. Some of the children in the study experienced over 1,000 seizures per month, while others had just four.
Of the 120 children with Dravet syndrome in the study, 5 percent became totally seizure-free.
Dr. Orrin Devinsky, the study’s lead author and the director of NYU Langone’s Comprehensive Epilepsy Center, commented “After 3,800 years of cannabis use for epilepsy … we finally have solid evidence.”