Who We Are
Texas Compassionate Access is a project of the Epilepsy Foundation Texas affiliates. This initiative was launched to support policy changes that will benefit patients and families, especially families with small children who have catastrophic forms of epilepsy. Texas Compassionate Access brings together Texans and nonprofit organizations that support the compassionate access and physician-directed therapeutic use of cannabidiol (CBD), a non-psychoactive component of cannabis, to treat epilepsy.
Why is This Important?
Despite available treatments, approximately one-third of people living with epilepsy suffer from uncontrolled seizures, which can lead to disability, injury, and even death. People living with uncontrolled seizures have reported beneficial effects, and reduced seizure activity, with the use of CBD oil. Access to CBD oil would be limited to cases where traditional treatment options, as prescribed by their physician, have been unsuccessful.
Texans should have access to this promising treatment option, especially if the patient, the family, and the physician-led medical team believe that this treatment may reduce seizures, and limit the possibility of severe consequences including death and major disability. Existing treatments have real side-effects, both known and unknown, and just as there are risks with any treatment, every day without seizure control is a risk to life.
Some epilepsy patients and especially very young children afflicted with life-threatening forms of epilepsy benefit from the compassionate and medically directed use of CBD. CBD oil has shown effectiveness in animal studies, and patients in states where CBD oil is legal have reported positive results.