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[…]

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[…]

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. […]

Veterans With PTSD Continue To Face Barriers To Alternative Treatments

Veteran AffairsIn the U.S. military, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs estimates that in Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom, about 11-20 out of every 100 Veterans (or between 11-20%) who served in these operations have PTSD in a given year. Additionally, about 12 out of every 100 Gulf War Veterans (or 12%) have PTSD in a given year.

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can occur after you have been through any significant trauma. A trauma is an alarming and often terrifying event that you see or experience. Going through trauma is not rare, although only a small portion of people who have experienced trauma actually develop PTSD. It is estimated that about 8 million adults have PTSD in a given year.

While PTSD is a severe mental health condition, there is currently an insufficient emphasis on effective medications for PTSD patients. Additionally, the medications that are currently recommended for PTSD provide limited efficacy. […]

Breaking Down The Barriers To CBD Support

U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) (R) and U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) talk during Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control hearing on Capitol Hill (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) (R) and U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) talk during Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control hearing on Capitol Hill (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Over the past few months, from local community halls to Capitol Hill, one thing has been made clear: there is an outcry of support in favor of more research on CBD and medical marijuana. Proponents of CBD oil state that removing these barriers to research is the only clear way to market something so significant to families around the world.

Earlier this year, Democrat Sen. Diane Feinstein (CA) and Republican Sen. Charles Grassley (IA) urged the Obama administration to “definitively determine if CBD has scientific and medical benefits,” and to “look at expanding compassionate access programs where possible, to benefit as many children as possible.”

Recently, support has also come out from the director of the US National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), Nora Volkow. Volkow believes that cannabidiol (CBD) – a nonpsychotropic cannabinoid – is “a safe drug with no addictive effects.” In a column with The Huffington Post, she further stated that“[P]reliminary data suggest that it may have therapeutic value for a number of medical conditions.”

With all of the talk going on around the country, is there any action behind these promises? […]