Published May 2017 in the New England Journal of Medicine, the research focuses on CBD as a treatment for Dravet syndrome, a complex to treat form of childhood epilepsy.
Worldwide, parents of kids with epilepsy, along with adult sufferers as well, using hemp-based CBD extract to great benefit. The medical establishment and the law, however, have been slower to catch up.
While this study offers more ammunition for parents to use to defend their choices, it’s far from the first time scientists have found a link between CBD and treating epilepsy.
First, the researchers counted how many epileptic seizures the children had over the course of a 4 week period to establish a baseline value for each patient. Then, for 14 weeks, the patients each received either 20 mg of CBD oil per day, or a placebo.
The average number of seizures per month decreased from 12.4 to 5.9 in subjects receiving CBD, versus a reduction of just .8 in the control group who took the placebo. Additionally, about 43 percent of the subjects receiving CBD saw their seizures decrease by at least half.
5 percent actually became completely seizure free with CBD, compared with 0 of the controls.