CBD and Epilepsy/Seizures

 

There has been a lot of talk in the media about the use of cannabis products in the treatment of epilepsy and non-epileptic seizures. This has generated a lot of interest as well as confusion over the different forms of cannabis that are being discussed, their legality and their safety.

Medical cannabis has anticonvulsant properties. The cannabis plant contains 85 different chemical compounds called cannabinoids. The most commonly known is tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), but most of the anticonvulsant properties come from a cannabinoid called cannabidiol (CBD).Our cannabidiol products contain virtually no THC (0.3%).

The cannabidiol (CBD) has been shown to be very effective in the treatment of refractory epilepsy for some patients with Dravet and Lennox Gastaut syndromes, tuberous sclerosis and infantile spasms.

For many who have used CBD oil, the treatment has provided relief when nothing else could. About two thirds of epilepsy patients will be responsive to the first or second medicine given for epilepsy. However, once an epilepsy patient has taken two different medicines without relief, the odds that a third medication will work are less than 1 percent. That leaves other options, such as special diets, surgeries—or CBD oil!