Treating Pediatric Epilepsy with CBD
Marijuana has been a debatable form of treatment in children with epilepsy, and many have argued that it is unsafe to give children marijuana.
What most people don’t understand is that the treatment given to them is a form of marijuana that is non-psychoactive.
Non-psychoactive meaning- THEY DON’T GET HIGH!
The treatment contains a Non-psychoactive compound that is extracted from the marijuana plant called CBD (cannabidiol). There’s no THC (the compound that gets you high).
Next argument… Well, what about the dangers of lung disease?
They don’t actually smoke it, so the worries of smoke associated lung diseases are never an issue. CBD treatments come in an oil like form that can be added to their daily meals.
Take Charlotte for example…
Charlotte was diagnosed with Dravet syndrome, a severe form of epilepsy that is untreatable by medication. Her seizures began at just three months old, and lasted anywhere from 2-4 hours long.
After years of trying different medications and treatments Charlotte began to lose her motors skills, suffered from bone loss, and struggled with immune system complications. Charlottes heart stopped multiple times and had even been given a do not resuscitate order.
They were ready to give up.
Charlotte was five years old when her parents discovered medical marijuana. They began by giving her small dosages of CBD oil in her food twice a day. She suffered from up to 1,200 seizures a month that dramatically dropped to 3 per month after beginning medical marijuana treatment.
Her success story has had such an impact that dispensaries now carry a specific strain of marijuana Called Charlotte’s Web. Because it contains the highest levels of CBD and barely holds any THC, the strain is primarily grown to treat epilepsy in children.
In more recent studies scientists conducted a study for 74 patients, within the age range of 1 to 18, who suffer from unmanageable epilepsy. All patients were resistant to antiepileptic medications.
Forty-nine of those patients had previously failed two other forms of treatment. They were given CBD dosages of 1-20mg dissolved in olive oil.
The results concluded in a significant decrease of seizures in the majority of patients. Not only was there a reduction in the amount of seizures they had, they also showed enhancements in behavior, communication, sleep, motor skills, language, and alertness.
We want nothing more than to educate people on this matter…
…and more importantly spread the word on how succesful CBD Cannabis treament for epilespy in Chilrden has been.