Jun 27, 2016 9:20 AM

CBD Oil Use in Pediatrics

Though today we all have heard about the health benefits of CBD and the component's potential in pediatrics. However, it was not always this way. When did we start studying this component of cannabis and its use in medicine?

First of all, we should understand that the search of alternative treatment for children started because not the available pharmaceuticals are not always sufficiently effective in helping children with neurological disorders like epilepsy.

You may find the full list of conditions that can be treated with the help of cannabis derivatives in the following article:

What Pediatric Diseases Can Be Treated With Marijuana?
What Pediatric Diseases Can Be Treated With Marijuana?
Marijuana health effects in adults have been studied for a long time now, but the use of cannabis in pediatrics is still a largely new territory.

Surprisingly, CBD was brought into the spotlight by desperate parents of a small girl. The way of CBD oil into mainstream pediatric medicine began with the case of Charlotte Figi—a young girl who had hundreds of seizures every day. In 2013, her parents were already desperate in their attempts to find an effective treatment for the girl's Dravet syndrome. At some point, they decided to take the risk and try out cannabis treatment. At the time, the idea of using cannabis to treat kids was met with great skepticism and doctors did not want to deal with this problem. Finally, Charlotte's parents found two doctors who helped them and prescribed CBD oil to relieve Charlotte's seizures.

As we can see, the field is very young and still requires more research to understand the matter fully. However, the available case reports are numerous and, despite only being anecdotal evidence for the effectiveness of CBD oil, they are a good reason for the researchers to notice new opportunities.

In 2015, a study was conducted to examine the efficacy of CBD enriched extracts for the treatment of infantile spasms and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome. As the result, 85 percent of parents reported the decrease of seizures' number in their children. Moreover, 14 percent of children became completely seizure-free. Many patients reported the improvement in other aspects of health as well, including sleep, appetite, alertness, and mood.

Another study was conducted by the University of Alabama at Birmingham. The first results of its Cannabidiol Program show that 50 percent of the subjects have a good response to the CBD oil therapy and their seizure control drastically improves. Depending on the dose of CBD that the children received, the seizures declined up to 45 percent. Only nine patients did not notice any effects of the treatment.

The most recent trial will be conducted this summer in Michigan. Helen Devos Children’s Hospital is looking forward to study the CBD oil effects in children with neurological disorders.

This trial is also a real push for the state's marijuana reform. The reform is set to allow the use of cannabis-infused edibles for medical purposes. This trial is actually a way to point out the necessity of change and the importance of CBD use in pediatrics. Hopefully, the upcoming trial will be able to establish more facts about the effects of CBD.

It is important to understand all details of CBD use for children's treatment. The often-raised concern that the children undergoing treatment with CBD oil will get high is groundless—the medicine contains little or no THC.

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