Charlotte Figi’s impact on the CBD movement

The CBD movement really gained traction because of a girl named Charlotte Figi. She had a severe form of epilepsy called Dravet Syndrome. Charlotte first started having seizures when she was only three months old. By the time Charlotte reached five, she was experiencing 300 grand mal seizures a week.

Her parents had tried every therapy they could think of by then and nothing worked. Charlotte had lost the ability to walk, talk, and her heart had stopped a number of times and doctors had lost all hope of helping this child. As a last resort, her parents decided to try medical marijuana with a small amount of marijuana called R4. It was low in THC but high in CBD. 

The results were stunning. Charlotte started with a small dose of R4 and the seizures all but stopped. Then she started taking 3 to 4 milligrams of CBD oil per pound of her body weight with food.  Charlotte’s miraculous recovery from seizures using CBD oil inspired the creation of the CBD company called Charlotte’s Web

CBD studies have gained momentum


The last 5 years have shown a remarkable increase in publications on CBD mainly stimulated by the discovery of its anti-inflammatory antioxidant and neuroprotective effects.

These studies have highlighted a wide range of possible therapeutic effects of CBD oil with conditions like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s disease, diabetes, epilepsy, stroke, rheumatoid arthritis,  and other inflammatory diseases including nausea and cancer. Much of the evidence that we have with CBD and its benefits come from everyday users. 

Some are backed by hard science and clinical trials, but it’s still early and CBD research and its effects on the body and the endocannabinoid system provide positive effects on just about everything including appetite anxiety and depression. Not to mention bone development, immune function, memory, pain perception, reproduction, and sleep.

CBD health benefits 

Many CBD users report that when using CBD oil for the first time in years that pent-up stress and anxiety begin to fade. Many find that CBD is effective in relieving the symptoms of depression.  You should also experience an improved quality of sleep along with an overall improvement in mood.

Users report relief from pain caused by fibromyalgia arthritis, lupus, migraines, and back surgery. Several user reviews reported remission from several various types of cancer.  Several animal studies back up this anticancer benefit of CBD oil. 

CBD seems to be effective in relieving the symptoms of bipolar manic depression. Others report the absence of seizures from epilepsy since starting CBD oil. Overall CBD oil offers a calming effect for those who tried it or use it consistently and many talk about their first good night’s sleep in years.  

Now if you have done any research or have practical experience using CBD oil you know that a recommended dosage can vary depending on several variables. The dosage of CBD oil depends on you– on the condition that you’re treating, your body weight, and how your body reacts to cannabidiol. Dosage differs from one person to the next. The Mayo Clinic has provided recommended CBD dosage based on scientific research that you can find here.