Cannabis' Role in Treating Seizures
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Cannabis has been used to treat seizure disorders for thousands of years. What past communities intuitively discovered, recent research has explained, and governments have begun to acknowledge.
Cannabis works to treat seizure disorders because of its unique medicinal profile:
- Antiemetic (prevents nausea and vomiting)
While THC shares such properties, CBD as of late has taken the lead in preventing seizures. It has a stronger anticonvulsant profile, lower addictive profile, and no psychoactive effects, meaning a wider range of patients can benefit from this particular cannabinoid.
Case in point: It’s well-known that CBD oil has been used to treat childhood drug refractory epilepsy with incredible success. In one study, children and teeagers were monitored for 14 weeks. The adolescents receiving CBD experienced half their average amount of seizures per month. The adolescents taking the placebo had insignificant results.
That’s not to say there’s no place for THC in treating seizures though. In research out of Sick Kids Toronto, they’ve found a promising balance where the unwanted effects of THC are mitigated and the medicinal properties are CBD are elevated. For many families, this has been life altering, contributing to reductions in seizures from around 100 a month to a few per year.
Such undeniable success stories and championing on the part of parents contributed to the FDA’s approval of Epidiolex, a synthetic derivative of CBD, that is prescribed to patients with treatment-resistant epilepsy conditions like Dravet syndrome, Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (LGS), and Tuberous Sclerosis Complex (TSC). Epidiolex has proved itself a last ditch effort that actually works.
But how much CBD oil do patients need?
When treating or managing physical or mental conditions with cannabis, it’s crucial to be under the supervision of a medical professional, or better yet, a team of professionals who can support and offer guidance unique to your wellness needs.
It’s also important to consider the source of your cannabis and seek out the purest forms of the plant as possible. Organic is best.
As a general rule of thumb, CBD oil dosing should be treated as any other cannabis dosing: low and slow. Less is usually more.