By Quinton Charles Op-Ed
Many People Are Suffering Neurological Disorders
Of the one billion people affected by neurological disorders worldwide, 50 million suffer from epilepsy and 24 million from Alzheimer and other dementias. Due to this prevalence of neurological disorders, which affect individuals from all genders, races, and socio-economic classes, it is no wonder that a lot of attention is placed on claims that CBD can lessen the severity of, or even remove the symptoms of some of these disorders.
My aim with this article is to offer as much information as I can to anyone who personally suffers, or has a loved one who suffers, under the symptoms of a neurological disorder. While I cannot claim that CBD will cure anyone’s illness, or that it will even mitigate their pain, I can claim to have done my research, and that I offer only the information which I believe are relevant to anyone seeking alternatives to treatment plans that may have not worked for them in the past.
CBD & Epilepsy
One of the most commonly cited examples of CBD having a positive effect is in relation to epilepsy in patients. Not only has CBD been found statistically to reduce the severity of seizures in some patients, but it has also been found to reduce the frequency of seizures in some studies. These findings have led to the first FDA-approved drug with CBD as an active ingredient; the drug is intended for use as a treatment of two severe forms of epilepsy, Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, and Dravet syndrome.
CBD & Parkinsons
For patients with Parkinson’s, CBD granted significant improvements in motor abilities, rigidity, pain, and other symptoms along with a decrease in psychotic attributes The study, conducted on mice, found that there was an overall decrease in the expression of Parkinson’s symptoms, and a slower rate of disease progression when the subject mice were treated with CBD. Obviously, there’s still a long way to go from mice to humans, but the initial findings are exciting.
CBD & Multiple Sclerosis
Culture testing has also proved that CBD reverses inflammatory responses and might successfully protect patients from the effects of Multiple Sclerosis. For example, Sativex, a pharmaceutical containing a 1:1 ratio of THC to CBD, has been used to treat Multiple Sclerosis with varying degrees of success. As the National Institute of Health states: “In some trials, THC:CBD spray significantly reduced neuropathic pain, spasticity, muscle spasms and sleep disturbances. The most common adverse events (AEs) reported in trials were dizziness, sleepiness, fatigue, feeling of intoxication and a bad taste. Long-term safety and the potential for dependence, abuse, misuse and diversion are unknown,”
The National Institute of Health also stated that “Results from randomized, controlled trials have reported a reduction in the severity of symptoms associated with spasticity, leading to a better ability to perform daily activities and an improved perception of patients and their carers regarding functional status. These are highly encouraging findings that provide some much-needed optimism for the treatment of this disabling and often painful symptom of MS,”
CBD & The Nervous System
While Sativex is a prescription medicine, the effect that the CBD has on the nervous system may be replicated with similar CBD use, though this is not yet proven. There is much research that still needs to be done on the effects of CBD on neurological disorders, and new studies are constantly published, especially now that universities are less restricted in their ability to cultivate and experiment with Cannabis strains. Already, the market has FDA-approved CBD medications to treat neurological disorders, and there is no doubt in my mind that the FDA will approve other, non-prescriptive, CBD products that will enable many people, with varying levels of severity in their afflictions, to seek and find a solution. Let’s hope that happens sooner rather than later, for us and for our loved ones living with neurological disorders.