Cannabis Oil Proving To Treat Rare Form Of Epilepsy Seizures In Children

With the recent legalization of cannabis for medicinal and recreational use in Colorado in the United States, many cannabis operations are relocating to take advantage of the simpler legal restrictions there.

One non-profit, Realm of Caring, recently relocated from California to Colorado for just such a reason. Realm of Caring raises cannabis for the hemp oil, which is used to treat a specific form of epilepsy in children called Batten disease, as well as provide a therapy alternative for cancer, HIV/AIDS and Parkinson’s sufferers at a low cost.

Realm of Caring has created their own strain of sativa cannabis called, Charlotte’s Web (named for its first patient) that produces high amounts of cannabidiol, or CBD, but low amounts of the psychoactive compound tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC.

Patients taking CBD gets the medicinal effects of cannabis without the intoxication of strains with the “high” that comes from THC. The medication is extracted from the marijuana plant using a rotary evaporator, mixed with olive oil, then ingested. After the dramatic successful effects of a few early-use children using Charlotte’s Web as a therapy cure for their seizures, Realm of Caring’s strain has been catapulted into national awareness – particularly with parents who are desperately seeking a less invasive cure for their children’s epileptic seizures than the cocktails of heavy medication and even brain surgery that are suggested by traditional medicine.

While there aren’t sufficient clinical studies yet to back hemp oil’s efficacy for FDA approval, parents are swearing on curative effects with their children’s lives. And with a waitlist of over two thousand to get the highly coveted Charlotte’s Web strand of hemp oil, there seems to be substantial proof that people want the cannabis cure.

Sources:
“Charlottes Web.” Realm of Caring. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Apr. 2014.
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Henry, Jason. “How Medical Marijuana Is Helping California Children with Epilepsy.”
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