Seizure Blog 3: Safely Treating Seizures with Cannabis

Seizure Blog 2: Cannabinoids, Seizures and Research
November 29, 2018

Safely Treating Seizures with Cannabis

The interaction between cannabinoids and each individual’s’ body is unique and complex. There is a wide variety in types of marijuana, each having its own unique cannabinoid and terpenoid make up. It is important to note that Cannabis has displayed both anti and pro convulsant properties. That said, in most human case studies cannabis tends to exert anticonvulsant properties. Due to the complex and varying interactions within each individual’s’ body, it is vital to track one’s experiences, particularly when a patient is new to using this medicine. We at Urban Farmacy suggest that you keep a journal of your experiences. Specifically, when you first start using cannabis or if you change the type of medicine you are using. You will find that each method of administering your medicine: sublingually, vaporizing, smoking or ingesting cannabinoids will elicit a different response in your mind and body. Furthermore, the strain of marijuana you choose and or the type of medicine you choose will also have variable effects on your condition and your body. When using cannabis as medicine we suggest that you continually educate yourself regarding cannabis strains, cannabinoids, terpenoids, and the endogenous cannabinoid system. The more knowledgeable you are, the wiser decisions you can make.

The next recommendation we have regarding using Cannabis as medicine is to start small and work up to a dosage that works best for your situation. Even in pharmacology, the dosage varies by the person due to individual biochemistry. Since there are no established standards for dosing cannabis or cannabis extracts, you must carefully find what works for you. That said, there are case studies and anecdotal situations that can act as a guide as you navigate your way through experimenting with your dosages. Here is some key information when considering dosage for seizures:

  1. “In the case of Charlotte Figi, it was found that three to four milligrams of oil per pound of the girl’s body weight stopped the seizures” (Young, 2013).
  2. This is the Mayo Clinic’s (2014) statement on the dosage of CBD for seizures: “To treat epilepsy, 200-300 milligrams of CBD has been taken by mouth daily for up to 4.5 months.”

The following link is a summary of varying different cannabis and cannabinoid dosage used in scientific studies:

http://www.mayoclinic.org/drugs-supplements/marijuana/dosing/hrb-20059701

  1. Finally, we encourage you to come by our Portland Dispensary Urban Farmacy or schedule a consultation to discuss any questions you may have. We have experience in helping people find the right cannabis medicine.

Austin’s Story

“Austin is 12 years old and has a rare and degenerative Mitochondrial Disease. Austin loves to tell jokes and make others laugh. He was having up to 200 seizures a month and slept the day away. His condition was deteriorating rapidly until we started working with Urban Farmacy. With the help of cannabis medicine, Austin’s seizures have improved dramatically along with his energy level, mood and appetite.”  For more information on Austin’s story see this article in Dope Magazine: https://issuu.com/dopemag/docs/dope_jan15_or_web_

-Sandy Roberts (Austin’s Mother)

Medical Disclaimer:

The information on this site is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on or accessed through this website.

Resources from this Blog

Mayo Clinic. (2014). Marijuana (Cannabis Sativa): Dosage. retrieved from: http://www.mayoclinic.org/drugs-supplements/marijuana/dosing/hrb-20059701

Schwartz, Carly. (2014). “Meet the Children Who Rely on Marijuana to Survive.” retrieved from: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/31/cannabis-for-children_n_4697135.html

Young, Saundra. (2014). “Marijuana Stops Child’s Severe Seizures.” CNN. retrieved from: http://www.cnn.com/2013/08/07/health/charlotte-child-medical-marijuana/