The year 2018 witnessed a landmark decision on the cannabis front. Various states joined hands in legalizing the medicinal use of cannabis. This decision was based on a number of positive research that supported cannabis to be a potential drug that can effectively treat various diseases. Today cannabis doctors across these states and countries prescribe cannabis-based treatments to ease various ailments and discomfort associated with them.
According to a new study published by Epilepsia Open, “cannabis could actually represent an effective, well-tolerated antiepileptic drug”.
“Cannabidivarin (CBDV) and cannabidiol (CBD) have recently emerged among cannabinoids for their potential antiepileptic properties, as shown in several animal models”, states the study’s abstract. “We report the case of a patient affected by symptomatic partial epilepsy who used cannabis as self-medication after the failure of countless pharmacological/surgical treatments.”
Clinical and video electroencephalogram (EEG) evaluations were periodically performed, and the serum levels of CBDV, CBD, and Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol were repeatedly measured. After cannabis administration, “a dramatic clinical improvement, in terms of both decrease in seizure frequency and recovery of cognitive functions, was observed, which might parallel high CBDV plasma concentrations.”