It’s estimated that about 65 million people worldwide have epilepsy. Epileptic seizures occur in varying frequencies in young children and adults.
CBD impact on Epilepsy
The anticonvulsant properties of CBD (Cannabidiol) have shown to reduce the seizure count, severity and sometimes completely eliminating seizures. More research has to be done to know the exact workings of CBD in the brain of epileptic patients. It is believed there is around 90% success rate, if not more.
CBD dosage for seizures / epilepsy
The recommended dosage is usually mentioned on the CBD product itself. If not, generally take the CBD tincture 1 to 3 times daily. Start with 1 drop, up to 3 under the tongue for 60 seconds and then swallow. Alternatively, if pills are your preferred method of intake, take 1 to 3 water soluble CBD capsules daily. Taking more is not harmful so you should experiment as everyone is different.
A CBD overdose is practically impossible as it’s known to be non-toxic even at extreme doses of 1,500mg per day. For over thousands of years, not a single death has been recorded associated with cannabis use. Years of research on the topic have shown there is no fatal overdose level with cannabis use. Since CBD is non-psychoactive compared to cannabis, it is even safer since you don’t have to deal with the side effects mostly caused by the THC cannabinoid.
Scientific CBD studies and results
Below is a compilation of scientific research on CBD and epilepsy. The articles are primarily from highly technical scientific journals such as PubMed (U.S. National Library of Medicine). If you ever wondered how does CBD help seizures, check out the studies below.
- Cannabidiol: Pharmacology and potential therapeutic role in epilepsy and other neuropsychiatric disorders (International League Against Epilepsy)
- Nonpsychotropic Plant Cannabinoids, Cannabidivarin (CBDV) and Cannabidiol (CBD), Activate and Desensitize Transient Receptor Potential Vanilloid 1 (TRPV1) Channels in Vitro: Potential for the Treatment of Neuronal Hyperexcitability (ACS Publications)
- Cannabidiol displays antiepileptiform and antiseizure properties in vitro and in vivo (PubMed)
- Cannabidiol exerts anti-convulsant effects in animal models of temporal lobe and partial seizures (PubMed)
- Cannabidiol–antiepileptic drug comparisons and interactions in experimentally induced seizures in rats (PubMed)
- The cannabinoids as potential antiepileptics (PubMed)
- Report of a parent survey of cannabidiol-enriched cannabis use in pediatric treatment-resistant epilepsy (PubMed)
Success stories from epileptic patients
There is an increasing number of reports from patients with epilepsy who benefited from CBD in practice and as such confirm the scientific results above. Some get widespread media coverage, others are reports from patients done on blogs, social media, and videos.