Updated on March 19, 2020. Medical content reviewed by Dr. Joseph Rosado, MD, M.B.A, Chief Medical Officer
Charlotte’s Web is a strain of cannabis that is well known for its ability to reduce the intensity of and aid in recovery from seizures. A hemp-based strain that is high in CBD and low in THC, Charlotte’s Web is not very psychoactive and is used as in medical applications related to epilepsy and seizures.
The story behind how this strain of cannabis came to be goes back to a little girl named Charlotte Figi who suffered from a rare epileptic condition known as Dravet syndrome. Finding little help from the medicines she was prescribed with, her parents eventually turned to extracting cannabis oil in order to help their daughter get better. This is where the Stanley Brothers from Colorado made their entrance.
The Stanley Brothers had grown a strain of cannabis that was high in CBD and low in THC called Hippie’s Disappointment. When they discovered that their creation helped little Charlotte get better, they renamed the strain to Charlotte’s Web in her honor. The reason behind why this strain does not produce psychoactive reactions in the body has to do with the high CBD content. Unlike THC, CBD does not directly interact with endocannabinoid receptors within the body. Instead, the simply increase the presence of existing endocannabinoid compounds that are already present in the body. This reaction helps the body to perform better when it comes to recovery from seizures.
Charlotte’s Web gained popularity after it was featured on CNN in the show Weed 2 where audiences learned how this strain helped Charlotte find normalcy in her life after her experience with Dravet syndrome. A doctor, Sanjay Gupta, has also actively praised this strain after he realized it could help seizure patients get better.
A long, thin plant that has leaves shaped like fans, this strain rakes between 60-70 days to grow. If you want to find a dispensary that provides Charlotte’s Web near you, or if you want to know more about this cannabis strain, then turn to MarijuanaDoctors.com for more information.