Research Update from Dr. Stephanie McGrath looking at use of CBD for the treatment of epilepsy.
The preparations for the CBD epilepsy study were started in December 2017, including hiring a fulltime research assistant and part-time work/study student, creating all of the study documents necessary for the trial, and creating a newsletter/announcement for Colorado veterinarians. We began enrolling patients for the study at the end of January 2018. We anticipated enrolling 20 patients per year; therefore, we are on track with 31 patients in 17 months. Additionally, we have started having outside clinics in Colorado help us in the enrollment process of the study. Local neurologists are conducting the study with CSU’s oversight at their hospitals and general veterinarians are helping with the recheck appointments and blood draws. Our study has gained a lot of press, which has helped generate interest in the study from pet owners and veterinarians. At this point in the study, we have not encountered any obstacles. No adverse effects have been noted. For the summer, we had been fortunate enough to hire a summer research veterinary student from Cornell, Samantha Thomas.