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I’m obsessed Diagnosis from Netflix. I feel like most of my 20s could be an episode of Diagnosis and it’s even inspired me to write my own “Diagnosis” story (to be published soon). Because CBD has helped me so much in my own life, and because I love this show, I thought it’d be fun analyze each episode and see if CBD could help these patients.
S1E1 Episode Cliffnotes
The show revolves around Dr. Lisa Sanders, who is a doctor at the Yale School of Medicine, was a consultant for the TV show “House“, and is the doctor behind the column “Diagnosis” in the New York Times Magazine. With the help of the New York Times and social media platforms, she wanted to see if she could help people find a diagnosis for their medical problems.
Season 1, Episode 1 of Diagnosis is about a girl named Angel. She’s 23 years old and is going through nursing school at the time of filming this episode. She experiences extreme muscle pain and urine that looks like coffee grounds. As a result of her undiagnosed illness, she has racked up thousands of dollars in medical bills, goes to the hospital multiple times a year, and has been sued by several doctors for non-payment.
Seventeen minutes into the episode, Angel and Dr. Lisa Sanders speak for the first time about her medical issues and Dr. Lisa Sanders as for permission to write an article asking the public to help Angel find a diagnosis.
Despite being the guinea pig of Dr. Lisa Sanders New York Times experiment, the feedback from the public was more than they could have hoped for.
As a result, Angel eventually underwent genetic testing and got a real diagnosis! At 40:30 in the episode, Angel got her genetic test results back and she was diagnosed with Carnitine palmitoyltransferase II (CPT2). According to an article published on the US National Library of Medicine:
Carnitine palmitoyltransferase II (CPT II) deficiency is a condition that prevents the body from using certain fats for energy, particularly during periods without food (fasting). There are three main types of CPT II deficiency: a lethal neonatal form, a severe infantile hepatocardiomuscular form, and a myopathic form.
Now that we have a diagnosis, let’s get to what you all want to know…
Can CBD Help Amanda?
Disclaimer again: CBD is not a treatment option for her disease, CPT2. The appropriate treatment for her disease is to modify her diet to a low fat diet.
That being said, I still think CBD can help Angel.
Before she got her diagnosis, I would have advised her to take CBD to help her manage her pain as a natural alternative to pain meds. Considering how many times she was in and out of the hospital, all the medications she was consistently taking was probably not doing her liver any favors.
Now that we know what her diagnosis, my advice has changed (a little bit).
Yes, CBD can help Angel. I still stand by my statement that CBD is a fantastic natural choice for pain, instead of taking pain meds like ibuprofin or acetaminophen. However, she needs to be careful of which type of CBD she takes.
CBD comes in a number of forms, such as an oil under their tongue, in a vape pen, as a cream, take it as a gummy, or smoke it as a powder. Because Angel has CPT2 is unable to use fats for energy, she should not take CBD Oil. CBD Oils usually have a little bit of MCT Oil in it. In Angel’s case, I’d be weary of her taking CBD Oil because it contains MCT Oil – which is a fat. I don’t think it contains enough fat to make her experience coffee ground like urine, but she should still try to stay away from it. However, Angel can still vape, apply it as a cream, and even use CBD bath bombs.
So long as Angel is avoiding the consumption of fats as recommended by her doctor, there’s no reason that she should not use CBD.
Can CBD Help people with CPT2?
CBD is not a treatment option for CPT2, but yes, CBD can help and be used by people diagnosed with CPT2 to manage their pain. Additionally, it would be safe for those with CPT2 to take CBD if they experience inflammation, anxiety, depression, nausea & vomiting, and is loaded with anti-oxidants. However, because CPT2 patients should follow a low fat diet, those with this diagnosis should not take CBD Oil because it usually contains a fat called MCT Oil. CBD products like vape pens, creams, and bath bombs, or water soluble CBD concentrate would be a better option.