I don't have a good understanding of the use of CBD oil, but from what I have read there have been no good scientific studies to assess the benefit in either children or adults; most of the described benefit is anecdotal. The children for whom CBD oil has been recommended and/or tried seem to be children who have dozens or even more seizures per day, their seizures are often affecting their intellectual and physical development, their seizures often are or can become life-threatening, and NO medications have been helpful (or are no longer helpful). The parents of these children - and often their doctors - have felt the risk of trying a drug without scientifically proven efficacy far outweighs the risk of the child continuing to have a huge number of seizures.I do have a question......why is it only being targeted toward helping children?
All I know is that Marijuana, smoked, absolutely works. I haven't been smoking it long enough to do various test with different strains, say, a sativa versus an indica, and so on.Until there are studies performed that use the scientific method of control/placebo groups, and blind studies to ensure no tester/user bias, the use of CBD oil will never be accepted as a potential medication for seizures.
In most cases the doctors are under legal restrictions that prevent them from prescribing something that doesn't have a significant scientific paper trail. Even practices and medications that do have scientific backing often have a hard time getting widespread acceptance. The medical establishment moves slowly and old habits are hard to change.Nothing is accepted as anything unless it's recognized in the scientific community.
I have a doctor as a houseguest right now, so here's a little of her perspective: The health insurers and the drug companies are the big winners here. The government isn't making money off the healthcare industry, though they could certainly do better about spending less (by addressing waste and fraud and by implementing best practices), and there are systemic problems at the FDA. The doctors are often pressured on all sides -- their time with patients is being cut back by cost-cutting practices at the hospitals. They are required to use inefficient medical records software that puts them in front of a computer instead of in front of their patients. The insurance reimbursement codes that they (and their coding staff, if they are lucky) have to plug in are ridiculously complicated and will be changing again this fall. The specialists tend to make money on procedures (like surgery), so they are trying to push the prescribing of medications onto the internists who are already overburdened and underinformed because they barely have time to see patients let alone remain current with drug protocols. The healthcare delivery system is broken in so many ways, that there's no process for embracing new potentially helpful treatments with anecdotal promise.In my opinion, most people in the community are about meds that make them, the doctors, hospitals, the government a lot of $$$. If people were to find an alternative, they would lose a lot of $$$. So they keep pushing pills. That's my opinion.