Cannabidiol (CBD), a major cannabinoid found in marijuana extract, lacks the psychoactive effects of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) but has many potential medical uses. For this reason, breeders have started to create more strains that are high in CBD and low in THC to be used to treat psychotic symptoms, convulsions and nausea, anxiety, inflammation and other medical issues.
Although marijuana as a medicine is relatively new, there have already been plenty of stories of successful treatments of medical conditions using marijuana containing high levels of CBD.
One such tale involves a 6-year-old girl who, at the time, was the youngest person in Colorado to apply for medical marijuana treatment.
The girl, Charlotte Figi, had Dravet Syndrome, a form of epilepsy which cannot be treated with traditional medications. After a long fight with the disease, Charlotte’s parents were told there was nothing more the hospital could do. They had all but given up when her father found a video of a boy who had successfully been treated for Dravet Syndrome with cannabis.
It took some convincing, but the parents finally found two doctors to sign off on a medical marijuana card for their daughter. They tried the treatment and to their surprise and elation, it worked. It was so successful and groundbreaking that the strain she uses was named Charlotte’s Web.
Another CBD success story involves Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), which occurs after a distressing event and causes symptoms like re-experiencing avoidance and hyper-arousal.
One PTSD sufferer, Ben Nichols, uses cannabis to treat his condition. Ben has had PTSD since age nine and also deals with insomnia and ADD. Since starting medical marijuana treatment, Ben’s insomnia and anxiety attacks have gone away. He says it helps him in school, work, and relationships and aids him in facing his trauma.
Medical marijuana is still illegal in many places but where it has been legalized for medical use, the results for some have been extraordinary. Some conditions, like Dravet Syndrome and PTSD, are often not treatable with other medications. Perhaps with increased legalization of medical cannabis, more victims of these diseases will be able to get treatment.