CBD-based Medical Marijuana Support Grows Across U.S.
April 14th, 2014
Policy, Top News
Severe Myoclonic Epilepsy of Infancy (“SMEI”) is a dangerous form of epilepsy that occurs in roughly one in 30,000 live births. Aside from developmental delays, the syndrome is associated with higher rates of sudden and unexplained death. Those suffering from SMEI often experience seizures as frequently as every 30 minutes and sometimes upwards of 300 seizures per week in adulthood.
While the idea of a child taking marijuana may invoke surprise, a certain strain that’s high in cannabidiol (“CBD”) and low in tetrahydrocannabinol (“THC”), which is what causes the “high” of marijuana. Some patients taking these strains found seizures reduced to just every other week, creating an enormous increase in patient quality of life, particularly as they grow older.
Colorado’s liberal marijuana laws have enabled doctors to perform “valid observational study” and publish their results. Despite the observational benefits, federal regulators had been highly resistant to doctors undertaking formal clinical trials with a Schedule 1 controlled substance. Fortunately, the federal government changed its tone in mid-2013 when the FDA approved its first clinical trial.
If clinical trials go smoothly, CBD could become approved in the U.S. within the next year or two. Patients would then have access to the drug anywhere in the U.S., including in anti-marijuana states like Texas. The problem is that many parents don’t want to wait so long to obtain a treatment that has already shown effectiveness in observational studies in states like Colorado.
Many families have resorted to moving to Colorado or other marijuana-friendly states to obtain the drug legally. According to some reports, more than 100 families have already relocated to Colorado Springs, CO where they have formed a tight-knit community. These dynamics have already encouraged many states like Alabama and Utah to move towards authorizing physician-supervised use of CBD in clinical trials.
In the end, the FDA approval of CBD clinical studies has helped expedite state approvals for the drug. FDA approval over the coming years could solidify marijuana as a valid medical option and open up the market to other states where it’s illegal.
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