It has now been six months since the start of trials using a medicinal marijuana called cannabidiol (CBD).
Some of Alabama’s severest epilepsy patients began using the medicine after the legislature passed Carly’s LawÂ allowing the oil to be used and doctors are pleased with the initial phase of the project.
Carly Chandler’sÂ laughingÂ may not seem like a big deal to you until you consider this time last year, the 4-year-oldÂ could barely move, let alone giggle and grin.
She’s able to do so now after sixÂ months of using CBD oil, but she’s not alone.
“Her cognitive ability has improved. We saw that improvement within two treatments. Her myoclonic seizures–she was having twoÂ to 300 a day, are now pretty much non-existent throughout the day. And so my reaction is absolutely positive reaction,” Carly’s dad, Dustin Chandler, said.
“I am surprised at how good of a response we’re seeing,” Dr. Jerzy Szaflarski said.
Szaflarski oversees the program in which aboutÂ 60 children and adults patients are enrolled.Â He saidÂ all but three patients have seen some sort of positive response to the oil.
Many are having more than a 90 percent reduction in either the number of seizures or the severity of them. Doctors say that isÂ a huge accomplishment considering the patientsÂ have all undergone multiple treatments, drugs, some even multiple surgeries, with no success.
Szaflarski saidÂ some patients, like Carly, are also more interactive, more involved, more playful than ever before.
Szaflarski said doctors and researchersÂ are also learning more about the side affects, interactions and expectations of the CBD oil.
And UAB is still receiving the oil for free and still accepting new patients.
There are other trials going on in the country that are focused on trying to make CBD Oil available in prescription form.Â Szaflarski is hopeful one day, it will be available outside a medical study.
If you would like keep up with Carly’s journey, visit the family’s blog atÂ http://www.walkingwithcarly.com
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