Colorado: Medical Marijuana Study Planned Using High CBD Strain
Clover Leaf University, a Department of Higher Education approved occupational program focused on the cannabis industry, and Flowering H.O.P.E. Foundation, a Colorado based nonprofit, on Monday announced a joint program to conduct a clinical study on the high-CBD epilepsy therapy known as Haleigh's Hope™.
The study, scheduled to begin this fall, will examine the safety of Haleigh's Hope for use in treating childhood epilepsy. The study is slated to work with 50 patients over the course of the trial. According to the strain's developer Jason Cranford, Haleigh's Hope has been used effectively to reduce the symptoms of epilepsy in more than 300 children nationwide.
Cranford is founder of the Flowering H.O.P.E. Foundation, a health care associate for the Society for Cannabis Clinicians, and an expert botanist who specializes in the organic cultivation of medical grade cannabis and the development of highly medicinal cannabis infused products. Over the past four years, Cranford has successfully bred and produced a 95 percent CBD plant that has been verified through two independent labs. He has developed several CBD rich infused products including Haleigh's Hope™ and Cannatol™.
"The United States is severely lacking in clinical research on the safety, efficacy and impact of medical marijuana on specific disease states," Cranford said. "While there is a massive amount of anecdotal evidence on the role high-CBD, low-THC, treatments such as Haleigh's Hope have on diseases such as childhood epilepsy, Crohn's disease, multiple sclerosis and even cancer; there are no peer reviewed published clinical trials in the U.S. on this type of therapy using whole plant cannabis extract.
"This is the first study of its kind and we expect the program will be completed quickly and successfully," Cranford said.
The group intends to apply for a grant to fund the study, which will be performed by Colorado licensed physicians, epitologists and pediatric neurologists.
"This is the first study conducted by Clover Leaf University," said Chloe Villano, founder and president of Clover Leaf University. "Our institute of higher learning is dedicated to advancing the rigorous study of medical cannabis and we believe the work we are doing with Haleigh's Hope™ will be truly ground breaking."
About Haleigh's Hope™
Haleigh's Hope was developed by awarding winning botanist and extraction/infusion expert, Jason Cranford in 2009. The Haleigh's Hope™ product to be used in this study is a high quality botanical oil that is derived from organic, CBD rich, non-GMO hemp oil, blended with other organic, non-gmo botanical oils.
About The Flowering H.O.P.E. Foundation
The Flowering H.O.P.E. Foundation is a Colorado based nonprofit foundation, which educates patients on how to properly use the nationally recognized strain of high CBD medical cannabis, Haleigh's Hope™. Haleigh's Hope is used to treat pediatric epilepsy all over the U.S. It was the first medical-grade CBD oil available in the U.S. in 2009, and is currently distributed by a handful of dispensaries in Connecticut, Colorado and California. The Foundation's goal is to help facilitate safe access to life changing medication to those that suffer from multiple ailments, including but not limited to, Cancer, Crohn's Disease, Epilepsy, and MS. It creates opportunities for patients to receive a better quality of life, making it possible for parents and caregivers to have some piece of mind that their loved ones get the best chance at a successful future. The Foundation also strives to spread healthcare education to communities far and wide. For more information please visit www.floweringhope.co.
About Clover Leaf University
Clover Leaf University is focused on providing an educational standard for all aspects of the cannabis business, legal training, and medical training, as well as to provide training for cannabis industry workers. Clover Leaf works to establish best practices for regulatory compliance and creating cannabis products with attention to public health and safety. It is also a goal to support research and development concerning cannabis, and raise awareness around the potential it has to benefit society through consumer education and creating a knowledgeable workforce.