The evidence that CBD is effective for pediatric epilepsy has gained substantial traction recently, with 31 states allowing CBD-based medicines, and the approval of the drug Epidiolex, the first cannabis-derived drug to gain federal approval. It’s challenging to find a politician who is in favor of children having epileptic fits—hence the widening acceptance of CBD.

But the conversation changes drastically when the idea of introducing THC into the equation is proposed. The general resistance is “We don’t want stoned kids,” although considering that we expect children to gobble down bowls of breakfast cereal by the pound while playing video games and forgetting chores and responsibilities sort of makes them sound like some adults who partake of THC.

But there’s evidence that CBD is a synergistic cannabinoid that works best when introduced into the body with some amount of THC, creating a divide between those who believe formulations are improved with the inclusion of THC versus those who hold firm to the idea that the current maximum THC limits in CBD products in the aforementioned 31 states of .03 percent is plenty.

A website that I assume is not bookmarked by anyone at the White House, Science Daily, reports this month on results from a two-year study performed by the University of Sydney’s Lambert Initiative for Cannabinoid Therapeutics, which looked at parents who used tinctures obtained from the “unregulated marketplace,” AKA the black market. (Unless we begin calling the regulated market place a “white market,” it’s time to retire this term. If, however, you are already calling it that, we have much bigger a problem going on.)

Seventy-five percent of the parents who used these extracts found them to be “effective” in treating their children’s epilepsy. Science Daily goes on to report:

“The study found that the main psychoactive ingredient in cannabis, tetrahydrocannabidiol (THC), and the closely related compound THCA, were present in most extracts, although the quantity was generally not enough to produce intoxicating effects. Just over half the extracts were associated with a seizure reduction of 75-100 percent, which reinforces observations from animal studies and case reports of anticonvulsant effects of THC and THCA. As well, 65 percent were associated with other beneficial effects like improved cognition (35 percent) and language skills (24 percent).”

The study is a must read for anyone with an interest in using cannabis to treat pediatric epilepsy. You can read a full report at