Epileptic seizures are abnormally excessive activity in the brain which causes the affected individual to lose consciousness while the body shakes. This condition can be life threatening. Anti-epilepsy effects of CBD have been studied since the 1970’s and have shown to be some of the most publicized positive results. Medical-grade CBD, when administered in proper dosing, can greatly reduce or stop seizures altogether. Many using CBD to treat seizures experience a reduction of intensity, duration, and frequency of seizure episodes.
Cannabinoids stimulating the CB1 receptors show the most significant anti-seizure activity. CBD dosing protocol suggests a typical CBD protocol begin with 10 mg twice per day. This dose is then doubled every three days until seizures are under control or the daily dose equals 20 mg per kg of the person’s body weight. Oral methods of ingestion tend to be large and up to 1200 mg per day.
For children, sublingual tinctures void of alcohol, and C02-extracted concentrates are recommended. Oils can be given directly under the tongue or mixed in foods. Concentrates can be mixed with foods or turned into capsules, or into suppositories for infant use. Small amounts of delta-9-THC can be added for additional support if seizures are not reduced or eliminated with pure CBD administration. Edibles such as gummies, chocolates, or other indigestibles can be utilized for pediatric use. Edibles typically take thirty minutes to one hour before taking affect and last six to eight hours. Effects can be felt quicker when edibles are taken on an empty stomach. Nasal sprays can be effective and sufficient for both adult and pediatric use.
Adults can use any of the recommended delivery methods above as well as alcohol-based tinctures. Vaporizing and smoking can be effective for adults for immediate relief of symptoms and lasts one to three hours. Vaporizing with C02 concentrate cartridges using the whole plant are highly effective. Sub-lingual oils and oral sprays are also an effective delivery method that take effect quickly and last longer than smoking or vaporizing.
Popular cultivars for seizures include ACDC, Harlequin, Dance World, Valentine X, Remedy, Sour Tsunami, Ringo’s Give, and Charlotte’s Web. Additionally, the terpene linalool, and cannabinoids THCA and CBDA have shown to exhibit anti-consultant activity. Changing the strain or cannabinoid ratios can be effective if an individual is not responding or builds a tolerance.
Clinical studies show that cannabinoids can be both proconvulsant and anticonvulsant. Executing proper dosing and understanding the chemical makeup of the cannabis strain being used is imperative. CBD demonstrates the most positive results among other cannabinoids studied for seizure control although some seizures respond better to higher ratios of THC. The effects of CB1 receptors in the endocannabinoid system influence which specific cannabinoids interact with the receptor promoting it as either proconvulsant or anticonvulsant.
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