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This was prescribed on an informed consent basis. Of the patients, 28 were given CBD as the only treatment. A third of these patients had already been taking cannabis oil extracted from the cannabis plant that had been bought on the Internet, with no beneficial response.
This is currently illegal, as the Medicines and Health Regulatory Agency has defined CBD as a medicinal product, which can only be prescribed under the Pharmaceutical Specials scheme, as it is not currently a licensed medicinal product The majority of the patients were assessed using a circulating tumour cell test before and after treatment 11 , since this is cheaper than carrying out repeated scans. A number of patients however, as a matter of a normal treatment course, had relevant scans.
CBD was administered on three days on and three days off basis, which clinically was found to be more effective than giving it as a continuous dose. The average dose was 10 mg twice a day. For increased tumour mass, the dose was increased, in some cases up to 30 drops twice a day 30 mg.
In a number of cases where stable disease was present, the dose was reduced to five drops twice a day 5 mg. A fraction of the dose used for multiple sclerosis was used.
Two sprays of Sativex were given twice a day in three days on and three days off pattern, as in the case of pharmaceutical-grade synthetic CBD; patients on continuous dosing did not do as well as those on this on-off repeating regimen. We were unable to define a maximum tolerated dose for CBD, as there was a complete absence of side effects. The minimum duration of treatment required for CBD was six months, but many continued for longer.
Less than six months appeared inadequate and had little effect, and therefore cases in which CBD was used for less than six months have been defined as un-assessable, and not included in the current cohort of cases. We sought clear objective evidence of potential efficacy where no other treatment option was available. The most impressive case was a five-year-old male patient with an anaplastic ependymoma, a very rare brain tumour.
The patient had had all standard treatments, surgery on two occasions followed by chemotherapy and conformal photon radiotherapy. No further treatment options were available to him when treatment on CBD started in February Further scans, carried out since December , continued to show stable disease.
CBD was the only treatment. Four scans with the scan report at the top of each scan are appended Figure 1A-D. A A scan on the 6th of Jan showed enlargement of the posterior fossa mass. There were some, particularly multimodal features of radionecrosis, but in the context of a previously rapidly progressive tumour, an element of disease progression was also being considered.
B A subsequent scan on the 13th April showed further tumour progression and development of moderately severe supratentorial hydrocephalus.
There had been a substantial improvement in appearances, with marked reduction in size of the posterior fossa tumour from 3. D Scans performed on the 14th Dec , showed a slow improvement; with impressive resolution of left CPA recurrent ependymoma.
Patient with tanycytic ependymoma. A A scan on the 13th Jan showed a reduction in the size and enhancement of the left periventricular tumour. There was almost complete resolution of the parenchymal enhancement with a couple of small ependymal nodules remaining, but slightly smaller. B A follow-up scan performed on the 21 Feb revealed evidence of disease progression with a near doubling of the enhancing soft tissue arising from the ependymal surface of the left lateral ventricle and projecting into the body of the left lateral ventricle.
There are new enhancing foci in the left putamen and subthalamic region with further non-enhancing T2 hyperintense tumour expanding inferiorly into the left cerebral peduncle. Examples of patients who have been using pharmaceutical-grade synthetic CBD. Another impressive case was a year-old patient with progressive tanycytic ependymoma Grade 2 diagnosed in June , treated with biopsy and radical radiotherapy, which was completed on 3rd June He refused chemotherapy, and had no further treatment options.
He started on pharmaceutical-grade synthetic CBD in July at a dose of 10 drops twice a day, three days on and three days off 10 mg. Prior to this he had been taking, for some time, metformin, mebendazole, doxycycline and atorvastatin from an oncology clinic in Central London. In January a repeat scan showed tumour reduction. At that point the patient stopped taking pharmaceutical-grade synthetic CBD and switched to cannabis oil extract obtained from an internet website.
Further scans carried out in February showed doubling of tumour size and more growth down the brain stem. He has since restarted pharmaceutical-grade synthetic CBD and throughout continued to take the metformin, atorvastatin, doxycycline and mebendazole. So, the only change in November had been stopping the pharmaceutical-grade synthetic CBD and switching to cannabis oil extract obtained on the Internet Figure 2A and B. Other patients who clearly improved using pharmaceutical-grade synthetic CBD had prostate cancer, breast cancer, oesophageal cancer and a lymphoma, and these are summarised in Table II.
From our laboratory studies, we would not expect any significant anti-cancer activity using continuous CBD alone, as we have only observed cancer cell line apoptosis cell death when the agent is washed out of culture and withdrawn We have also observed a potential increased cell killing ability when given after chemotherapy. Cannabinoids have an accepted useful role in the management of cancer symptoms, namely pain control, nausea and cachexia, but not as part of primary treatment.
The fact that we have been able to document improvement in cancer in few patients strongly supports further studies of CBD-based products in cancer patients who have exhausted standard treatments.
Our primary data in a murine glioma model 14 showing enhanced sensitivity to radiotherapy without any side-effects, suggests this would be an ideal clinical trial to initiate in the first instance.
User Name Password Sign In. In this window In a new window. Tabular presentation of our results on cancer patients. Previous Section Next Section. The pharmacology of cannabinoid receptors and their ligands: Int J Obes S13 - 18 , DEA has up to 90 days to issue an interim final rule to reschedule, after which Epidiolex can be marketed and dispensed.
GW seeks a Schedule IV designation. Krane said Cannabis' Schedule I classification has made it challenging for drug companies to do effective research on cannabinoids and potential cannabinoid-based pharmaceuticals. Gilmore cited Evaluate Pharma forecasts showing that among four cannabinoid-based drugs approved in the U. Epidiolex was approved for seizures associated with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome LGS or Dravet syndrome in patients two years of age or older. Both are diseases whose incidence is small: To achieve blockbuster status, Epidiolex will need approvals for disorders with much higher prevalence.
GW is in clinical phases of developing Epidiolex for additional indications that include:. GW had also hoped to market Epidiolex for infantile spasms. To read Part II of this article click here. Log in to leave a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam.
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