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cbd epilepsy canada

Cbd epilepsy canada

As CBD emerges as a real treatment for epilepsy it is important that accurate and true information is shared amongst patients, parents, families and the epilepsy community.

NCT blogged about CBD and how it is used to prevent seizures in December 2017. Check out the blog post here.

CBD (Cannabidiol), a component of the Marijuana/Cannabis plant, was recently approved by the FDA for the treatment of epilepsy.

One of the current problems with CBD is that inexperienced practitioners are attempting to treat seizures with this medication and are using doses that are too small or using formulations that do not have the proper concentration of CBD.

For that reason, the team at NCT put together the following tables to estimate the volume of oil one would have to consume at proper dosing and the cost per month. The information in the tables is based on current available products in Canada and published evidence about CBD and the doses required to treat seizures.

The result is that patients are under-dosed leading to no change in the control of seizures and wasted dollars. In addition, low-doses give the false illusion that CBD is a well-tolerated medication, but when proper dosing is used patients have to consume a high volume of oil with each dose. This may lead to GI side effects such as cramping, abdominal discomfort and diarrhea.

Note: all costs are in Canadian dollars and subject to change. Sources for the data are in the tables and available publicly.

Epilepsy is a neurological condition which is characterized by recurring seizures of variable intensity and effect, ranging from short and undetectable to long and violent. Epileptic seizures are generally caused by disturbances in specific regions of the brain that create ‘storms’ of brain activity.

Controlled studies have shown medical marijuana to reduce seizures in patients of all ages, with CBD being the most helpful compound to treat most neurological symptoms associated with epilepsy. However, THC can also work well for epilepsy symptoms and a combination of CBD and THC work best, which is commonly known as the ‘entourage effect’.

It is important for people with epilepsy to highlight the symptoms that can most benefit from medical marijuana, to include it as part of a complete therapy plan.

The truth about Epilepsy in Canada

Every day in Canada, approximately 42 people are diagnosed with epilepsy. About 60% of new patients are young children and senior citizens. Some other information about an epilepsy diagnosis:

Apollo has seen countless patients who suffer from Epilepsy and we look forward to helping you too!

Cbd epilepsy canada

You should never alter your drug regime for controlling seizures without first consulting the doctor whose care you are in.

We believe that your doctor uses their best judgement based on their assessment of your epilepsy. You may seek out a second opinion, but always follow a doctor’s advice. Remember that no two cases of epilepsy are the identical although the same types seizures may be experienced. Side effects affect everyone differently.

Should I try cannabis to see if it works for me?

Some Common Questions About Cannabis

Has cannabis been legally used in Canada to control seizures?

It is important to remember that while there is a growing body of scientific and anecdotal evidence to suggest cannabis can be an effective treatment for controlling some forms of seizures, there is no consensus in the medical community for its use. You must talk to your doctor before making any changes to your medication regime.

Here some of the questions you may want to ask your doctor:

I know someone whose doctor has prescribed cannabis for the same form of epilepsy I have, but my doctor won’t prescribe it. Should I change doctors if I want to see of cannabis can help with my seizures?

Prior to legalization, Health Canada allowed for the use of marijuana for medical purposes through prescription only, and for only a limited number of diseases or conditions. Epilepsy was on the list of allowable conditions. However, Health Canada made no endorsement of its efficacy.