The protocol for the Cannabidiol in children with refractory epileptic encephalopathy (CARE-E) study: a phase 1 dosage escalation study.

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“Initial studies suggest pharmaceutical grade cannabidiol (CBD) can reduce the frequency of convulsive seizures and lead to improvements in quality of life in children affected by epileptic encephalopathies.

With limited access to pharmaceutical CBD, Cannabis extracts in oil are becoming increasingly available.

The primary aims of the study presented in this protocol are (i) To determine whether CBD enriched Cannabis extract is safe and well-tolerated for pediatric patients with refractory epilepsy, (ii) To monitor the effects of CBD-enriched Cannabis extract on the frequency and duration of seizure types and on quality of life.

DISCUSSION:

This paper describes the study design of a phase 1 trial of CBD-enriched Cannabis herbal extract in children with treatment-resistant epileptic encephalopathy. This study will provide the first high quality analysis of safety of CBD-enriched Cannabis herbal extract in pediatric patients in relation to dosage and pharmacokinetics of the active cannabinoids.”

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29981580

“Children with epileptic encephalopathies resistant to standard therapy are at considerable risk for long-term neurocognitive impairment and poor quality of life. CBD-enriched Cannabis based therapies have been shown in several studies to provide a reduction in seizure frequencies and improvements in sleep patterns, mood, and alertness.”  https://bmcpediatr.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12887-018-1191-y

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