Despite its popularity, there are a lot of misconceptions about Cannabidiol (CBD).  When people hear about CBD, they usually think of cannabis.  This plant is often associated with getting “high” and addiction.

There are lots of fear and propaganda surrounding CBD. Josh Stanley, the founder of Strains of Hope, tackled this in a TEDx talk.  Strains of Hope considers CBD to be a revolutionary medicine that can help to combat different conditions including epilepsy.

In a TEDx talk, Josh Stanley highlighted the importance of the development of a non-psychotropic strain of cannabis – hemp.  There are a lot of epilepsy patients in Colorado and hemp-derived CBD products have helped to drastically reduce the number of seizure cases they experience. 

Colorado is one of the states in the United States that has some of the most progressive cannabis laws. CBD is fully legal in that state. In Colorado, cannabidiol oil is gaining popularity because of its reported therapeutic effects for common ailments as well as severe illness including cancer, diabetes, and even irregular menstrual cycles. 

The endocannabinoid system is responsible for regulating many biological functions. It uses blood vessels to deliver information (hormones) to cells instead of using nerves like the nervous system.  If the endocannabinoid system is compromised, any of these diseases could occur:

  • Diabetes (both Type 1 and Type 2)
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Gigantism
  • Epilepsy including pediatric epilepsy
  • Unexplained weight gain or weight loss
  • Cushing’s Disease
  • Depression or Anxiety
  • Hypopituitarism
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
  • Multiple endocrine neoplasia I and II (MEN I and MEN II)
  • Precocious puberty

So, how does cannabidiol work on the endocannabidiol system?  Cannabidiol regulates and balances the hormones of the body through the different glands of the endocrine system.

According to Josh, he met a 6-year-old girl whom he knew to be one of the heaviest users of CBD.  That’s because that little girl has been stricken with a rare and most violent form of epilepsy when she was just 3 months old – the Dravet syndrome.

Dravet syndrome was previously known as severe myoclonic epilepsy of infancy. It is a type of epilepsy with seizures wherein hot temperate or fever is the main catalyst.  Once the child has a fever or is subjected to hot temperatures, epileptic attacks will occur.

When the child was diagnosed with Dravet syndrome, doctors told the parents when she was 5 years old that they should prepare for her death.  However, thanks to cannabidiol, her seizures gradually decreased and her parents are hopeful that it will be eradicated forever.