Efforts To Access Cannabis Oil Continues To Make Waves

This month at the Canadian Hemp Trade Alliance’s annual meeting, experts met to speak about the presence of key chemical compounds in medical marijuana. The goal is to continue the conversation around possible treatments for pain, inflammation and mental health disorders. “Some of the questions we have in the medical community is how can we make Read more about Efforts To Access Cannabis Oil Continues To Make Waves[…]

CBD Clinical Trials Continue To Point Towards Success

CARLYS-LAWIt’s been over a year since the House of Representatives approved Carly’s Law in Alabama. This bill allowed testing of cannabidiol for treatment of children with severe seizures. Since the passage of this law, some of Alabama’s severest epilepsy patients gained access to clinical trials and began using the the oil. Although it’s only been 6 months into trials, promising results are emerging as doctors are pleased with what they are observing.

Melanie Posey reports on the condition of Carly Chandler from Birmingham, Alabama. Before being selected to take part in this clinical trial, 4 year old Chandler could barely move or perform basic motor skills. Posey reports that Chandler is now able to do so now after six months of using CBD oil, but she’s not alone. […]

The Re-Education Of Medical Cannabis

Cannabis has a long history of being used for a variety of purposes, from hemp oils and fibres to medicinal purposes. It became acknowledged and accepted into American pharmacopoeia, where it was evaluated for treating diseases, or the accompanying symptoms, until the early 1940s. In 1937, against the recommendation of the American Medical Association, the U.S. passed the first federal law against cannabis. Dr. William C. Woodward, testifying Read more about The Re-Education Of Medical Cannabis[…]

CBD Treatment For Epilepsy Continues Encouraging March Forward

Georgia-issued low-THC oil registration card. Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com

Georgia-issued low-THC oil registration card. Curtis Compton / [email protected]

Over just the last two years, 17 states have passed laws legalizing cannabidiol so that people suffering from significant issues have legal access to it. For intractable childhood epilepsies and other seizure disorders that have permanently encumbered countless lives and devastated families, CBD is proving to be a huge relief for patients throughout the world.

In recent news and legislative forums, CBD has been increasingly viewed as the new frontier in epilepsy treatment, with parents attesting to it managing their children’s seizures after most other treatments failed.

In recent clinical trials in Georgia, CBD sourced from cannabis oil has started to show promising results in treating epileptic seizures. The update came Wednesday during the latest meeting of the state’s Commission on Medical Cannabis, formed earlier this year to study the effect of Georgia’s new medical marijuana law and whether it should be expanded to allow growers to harvest and distribute cannabis oil in-state. While it is still early, researchers said they won’t know for sure until at least the end of next year what strides they have made in the study of medical marijuana. […]

The Politics Of Medical Marijuana Takes Front Stage

Last week, the Republican debate took a turn to focus on marijuana laws in the US. Moderator Jake Tapper took to a question popular on social media, asking about candidates views on marijuana legalization. He quoted Governor Christie, who recently said ‘if you’re getting high in Colorado today,’ where marijuana has been legalized, ‘enjoy it until January 2017, Read more about The Politics Of Medical Marijuana Takes Front Stage[…]

One Girl Leads The Battle For Medical Marijuana In Mexico

mexico flag mapIn Mexico City, 8 year old Graciela Elizalde lives with a rare disease that makes her suffer from up to 400 epileptic convulsions every day. Despite having to endure surgery and seeking out alternative treatments, her epileptic fits “have greatly grown in intensity, force, and frequency” her mother said. Grace’s parents were losing hope in finding relief for their daughter until they learned about a child in the US state of Colorado whose epilepsy improved thanks to cannabidiol.

Despite Mexico’s prohibition, Grace’s parents sought out a permit from the health ministry, which was rejected. The family was forced to hire an attorney, who then took their case to court. On Aug. 17, Judge Martin Santos ruled on this case, extending legal protection to authorities who permit Graciela Elizalde’s parents to import a medicine containing cannabidiol, a substance banned by Mexico’s General Law of Health. While Grace doesn’t know it, this case is making history in Mexico.  […]

CBD Pushes Forward: Georgia’s Medical Marijuana Registry Grows, PA Trial On The Move

Public health officials reported nearly 200 patients have now qualified for Georgia's new medical marijuana registry.

Public health officials reported nearly 200 patients have now qualified for Georgia’s new medical marijuana registry.

This week in Georgia, public health officials reported that nearly 200 patients now qualified for the state’s new medical marijuana registry. This also includes an increase in the number of doctors now approved to recommend cannabis oil as a treatment.

With such a large influx of patients coming to obtain this oil, the state Commission on Medical Cannabis continues to grapple with issues about the oil and how it works, including how to dose it or how to buy or obtain it. Doctors have also begun calling for training and distributing more information about how it works.

With concerns from residents eager to qualify for the state registry and doctors looking to get more information, the state Department of Public Health has partnered with the Georgia Composite Medical Board to develop the process for physicians who may be approached by patients seeking the oil for treatment.

Advocates are pushing the commission to recommend expanding the law, including developing guidelines related to cultivation and production in Georgia. Law enforcement officials are still skeptical about that, but manufacturers and growers who testified Wednesday said their priority in cultivating plants for the oil include safety, security measures, and testing that, among the top manufacturers, is often done by independent UL-listed laboratories.

“I think there’s just a need for additional information in the medical community of what exactly these products are,” said state Rep. Allen Peake, R-Macon, the primary author of the new law, who has been among those willing to bridge the gap as needed. “We’ve made sure families that have wanted the product and properly registered with the state have gotten the product.” […]

CBD Continues Its Push Through The South

In June of 2014, Gov. Nikki Haley signed Davis’ bill into law, decriminalizing cannabis derived CBD oil in South Carolina and allowing doctors to prescribe it for people suffering from epilepsy. More importantly, this bill allowed the Medical University of South Carolina to begin clinical trials using CBD oil. A similar outcome came from the overwhelming support of Carly’s Law Read more about CBD Continues Its Push Through The South[…]

International Relations: Cannabis & CBD Oil Continues To Find Support

Dr. Nora Volkow,

Dr. Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse in Bethesda, Md.

Dr. Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, recently stepped forward to help clarify some of the misinformation circling marijuana and cannabidiol. As one of the world’s top experts on the application and misuse of cannabis and research, Volkow believes “what we can say with certainty is that cannabis contains active ingredients with potential therapeutic properties. In fact, the FDA has already approved medicines based on THC for the treatment of wasting syndrome and to control nausea in chemotherapy patients.”

While it may be a surprise to some that the FDA has actually approved products recognizing some of the positive aspects of THC, what shouldn’t come as a surprise is the support behind cannabidiol (CBD).

“There is also a great deal of interest in developing medications based on another constituent of the cannabis plant called cannabidiol” Volkow believes. “CBD, which does not give users the classic ‘high,’ has shown some promise in controlling seizures in children with severe forms of epilepsy (including Dravet and Lennox-Gastaut syndromes), and preliminary trials of a CBD-based drug are underway by GW Pharmaceuticals. There are likely many more applications for these other cannabinoids that are supported by a scientific rationale and some intriguing preliminary results that warrant more research.” […]

CBD Added As Effective Autism Treatment In Michigan As Support Grows In Congress

Michigan State Senate - Michigan’s Medical Marijuana Review Panel voted to add autism to the list of conditions that qualifies a patient for medical marijuana

Michigan State Senate – Michigan’s Medical Marijuana Review Panel voted to add autism to the list of conditions that qualifies a patient for medical marijuana

Last Friday, Michigan’s Medical Marijuana Review Panel voted to add autism to the list of qualifying conditions fit for treatment under state law.

Mike Zimmer, director of the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, is the next step in the process for approval. Zimmer has until late October to make a final decision. Once a final determination is made it will be announced on the agency’s website.

Supporters say using high CBD oil has been shown to help patients who suffer from severe autism, and added that the marijuana would not be given to patients in smokeable form.

The panel in charge of making this decision had the opportunity to listen to comments from some Detroit-area doctors, most notably the head of pediatric neurology at Children’s Hospital of Michigan. They also heard from fed up parents, desperate to find relief for their children.

“The parents I’ve talked to are passionate and adamant that this represents a dramatic improvement in the quality of life for them and their affected children,” said David Crocker, a medical marijuana doctor and member of the panel.

Michigan Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, whose daughter Reagan has autism, has been an advocate of the effort to add autism to the list. […]