New findings by specialists shed new light on the discussion surrounding medical marijuana, cannabis oil, as an effective treatment for epilepsy. In recent years, cannabidiol (CBD) has gained support because it lacks the high that THC is known for. There is also ample evidence from animal studies and anecdotal reports that CBD has anti-seizure properties on its own.
Epileptic seizures are caused by abnormal electrical discharges, or misfiring, among brain cells. This misfiring results in convulsions of the body, sometimes severely altered senses, and often the loss of consciousness. Some patients suffer literally hundreds of seizures per day. Epilepsy itself may be caused by viruses, head trauma, or even a hormonal imbalance. Often, however, the cause of the Epilepsy is idiopathic, meaning it is simply unknown. Anecdotal evidence of the power of medical marijuana, medical cannabis oil, to treat seizure disorders and epilepsy have been available for literally thousands of years. Studies conducted since the mid-1970s have found that THCa and CBD, two of the primary cannabinoids in medical cannabis, deliver anticonvulsant and other valuable effects to epilepsy patients.
THCa is a strong anti-inflammatory and pain killer and has been shown to reduce the amyloid plaques in the brain that cause Alzheimer’s. THCa is also a bronchodilator, anti-spasmodic, muscle relaxant, a powerful neuro-protectant and antioxidant. Although the entire science thereof had not been well-understood due to the historical limitations on cannabis research, it has now been well-established that marijuana is effective for relieving muscle spasms and accompanying pain without the serious side effects associated with conventional drugs. Theory states that CBD and THCa, two of the active chemical compounds in marijuana, “turn on” nerve receptors that affect motor functioning. This makes it a plausible treatment for many conditions involving muscular spasms, particularly epilepsy. In fact, it has 20 times the anti-inflammatory power of aspirin and twice that of hydrocortisone, which is another reason for its growing popularity with the treating of epilepsy.
Cannabis oil tinctures are best suited for treating epilepsy and or seizure control. Tinctures allow for micro-dosing throughout the day as apposed to higher dosed more expensive cannabis oil capsules. Remember the oils are not an exact science, no two people are the same, recommend dosages are a good “starting” reference point, some trial and error is involved in finding ones optimum dosages.
Note: THCa cannabis oil, like CBD, is relatively non psychoactive. (Start on 2 drops 2-3x a day. Increase every 48-72 hours by 1 drop per dosing. One continues increasing as need be, this way one inevitably avoids getting high.
Dosages are age & weight dependant for children.