AUSTIN, Texas — The Star-Telegram reported Wednesday that child neurologist and epileptologist Dr. Karen Keough was successful in using CBD oil for treatment. At least 10 patients had a 90 percent decrease in seizures after beginning treatment with cannabidiol.
No patients reported a 100 percent reduction during the first five months that the study has been underway, but 10 patients experienced a 90 percent seizure reduction. At least 20 percent experienced a significant decrease in the number of seizures they had as well as a decrease in seizure intensity. At least six patients said they experienced a 50 percent decrease or more in the number of seizures they suffered since beginning CBD oil treatment.
Dr. Keough is a state-licensed physician and has treated approximately 85 patients with cannabidiol (CBD). She is also the chief medical officer for the state medical marijuana program. The Texas Compassionate Use Program allows a maximum of 0.5 percent of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in CBD oil treatments.
Several other studies have found similar results with CBD oil. An epilepsy study conducted by King’s College London and the University of South Wales on patients with rare forms of the disease also found that cannabis decreases seizures by a minimum of 50 percent. The study was published in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry.
FDA Approves CBD Oil For Treatment
A marijuana-based drug recently approved by the FDA called Epidiolex has less than 0.1 percent THC and decreases seizures by 50 percent. The clinical trials for the drug found that Epidiolex can reduce monthly seizures by 40 percent. The drug has been approved for and is especially effective in treating childhood forms of epilepsy Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome.
Dr. Keough stressed the importance of research and regulation so that medical professionals know what dosage to give patients. The doctor says that different ratios of CBD to THC can alter the results of treatment and burden caregivers with uncertainty. Cannabinol CBD to THC ratios can range anywhere from 10:1 to 32.5:1.
The study also found that some patients responded negatively to CBD treatment. The doctor stopped treating those patients with CBD oil and noted that some forms of medicine work on some people while others do not. Dr. Keough says that more research needs to be conducted and data collected on CBD oil for treatment for epilepsy while adding that a regulated program would be beneficial to everyone.