The antiepileptic properties of CBD epilepsy treatment have proven to reduce the seizure count and severity of seizures. Furthermore as a result of cannabidiol, often seizures are completely eliminated. If you were to believe the anecdotal reports, there is a success rate of at least 90%, which is probably better then any of the epilepsy meds.
It’s estimated that almost 65 million people worldwide have epilepsy. And in the United States there are roughly 1 million people with treatment resistant epilepsy, according to Dr. Michael Privitera MD.
Epileptic seizures occur in varying frequencies in young children and adults.
Epilepsy is the 4th most common neurological problem – only migraine, stroke, and Alzheimer’s disease occurs more frequently.
Epilepsy or ‘seizure disorder’ is characterized by unpredictable seizures and can cause other health problems such as injuries, brain damage from repeated seizures and even death. When someone has a seizure it seems like this is usually misunderstood by the public. These misunderstandings often cause the same amount if not more problems for the patient then epilepsy itself.
Almost 3% of dogs suffer from seizures. While some dog breeds have almost no epilepsy cases, some particular breeds suffer quite frequently from epilepsy, which is an inherited disorder.
How does CBD Oil Stop Seizures?
Back in 1973 scientists first demonstrated that CBD has rather good anti-seizure effects. There are hundreds of lab tests done and the results of these animal models are rather impressive. Hence they all show that cannabidiol works.
As usual, there are less clinical trials done on CBD epilepsy treatment than on big pharma meds. Some probably say that the big pharma companies will not sponsor CBD clinical trial studies because they get no ROI (return on investment). Because you can’t patent a plant.
But anyway there is clinical evidence collected during the years and boy is it convincing.
Over the last five years since CBD has been available, I have been able to treat not less than 400 children with treatment resistant epilepsy – Dr. Bonnie Goldstein
Already with rat tests in 1973 and ’77 CBD proved to be an effective and relatively potent anticonvulsant in seizure tests. The British Epilepsy Foundation in 2012, published a study showing that CBD reduces seizures and lethality in animal models.
The list goes on and on. Therefore, check it out in the scientific study section further down.
So, researchers did a small-scale clinical trial amongst 15 women suffering from epilepsy in 1980. Eight of them received CBD while the others got a placebo. Four of the eight CBD subjects remained almost seizure free throughout the experiment. And three others demonstrated partial improvement. Consequently, cannabidiol was only ineffective in one patient.
The Journal of Epilepsy and Behavior published in 2013 a clinical study on CBD epilepsy treatment. Through a Facebook survey, 19 epileptic children and their parents were recruited for the trials. Hence the results speak for themselves:
- Sixteen (84%) reported a reduction of seizure frequency
- Of these, two (11%) reported complete seizure freedom
- Eight (42%) reported a greater than 80% reduction in seizure frequency
- And six (32%) reported a 25-60% seizure reduction
Why is it that we have lost the ability to take care of ourselves and our children? It seems like, if it isn’t prescribed by a doctor, we don’t even dare to cure ourselves or our loved ones, although for many centuries our ancestors have done so. Isn’t that rather ironic?
Probably the anecdotal evidence there is out there, should be all we need. It is both powerful and touching.
CBD Oil Dosage for Seizures (Epilepsy)
First of all, like with most medical conditions, the CBD dosage most of all depends on the severity of the condition. Secondly, as we are often dealing with epileptic children, dosage levels need to be less for kids.
In addition, scientists have long proven that CBD has no side effects. With almost every clinical trial, regardless of the medical condition, they look for side effects as well, only to be able to remark that it improves sleep or other positive side effects on the health of the patients. While it is also proven that it is physically impossible to overdose on CBD.
Rather extreme doses of 1,500 mg per day even do not cause negative side effects, so this makes it safe to experiment with the dosage levels. Years of research on the topic have shown there is no fatal overdose level with cannabis and cannabidiol use. Our CBD dosage calculator might also help you to determine the exact amount of drops of CBD oil you need to take based on your milligram dosage level.
CBD Pediatric Dosing
First of all, for kids, parents usually use CBD (cannabidiol) oil. If not, CBD tincture or other intake methods (besides smoking and vaping) are also an option. The daily dosage can furthermore be divided between one to three takings. With mild symptoms, parents often start with 20mg and for severe with 50 mg daily.
Always monitor for a day or four before increasing with 10 or 20 mg and monitor again. So, if you reached the point where you no longer see improvement, you should stay at that level for several weeks. After that, you can slowly start giving less also with four-day monitoring periods in between, to determine the minimum dosage level of cannabidiol your kid needs.
CBD oil dosage for seizures in adults
Adults with mild epilepsy could start with 40-50 mg and with severe 80-100 mg daily. Use the same process as described above to find the right dosing level.
In addition, adults start feeling flawlessly how much they need, after having used cannabidiol for a while. It is the same as drinking coffee. No doctor tells you how much coffee to drink to get you through the day, yet all coffee drinkers precisely know their amount of cups a day and the times they drink it.
For cancer treatment, it is recommended to mix medical cannabis oil containing high levels of THC and CBD oil. The dosage differs from case to case, most of which are described in detail in our RSO oil dosage article. Most noteworthy CBD is the best pain relief as well as the best anxiety relief, according to many success stories.
Success stories from epileptic patients
There is an increasing number of reports from patients with epilepsy who benefited from CBD epilepsy treatment in practice and as such confirmed the scientific results above. Some get widespread media coverage, others are reports from patients done on blogs, social media, and videos.
Overview of Scientific Studies and Reports
Below is a compilation of scientific research on CBD epilepsy treatment. 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 epilepsy treatment help to prevent seizures, check out the studies below.
Scientific Research Studies on CBD and Epilepsy
- 1973/08 – Cannabidiol protects mice and rats against convulsive agents
- 1977/04 – Cannabidiol–antiepileptic drug comparisons and interactions in experimentally induced seizures in rats (PubMed)
- 1980/00 – Chronic administration of CBD to healthy volunteers and epileptic patients
- 1981/08 – The cannabinoids as potential antiepileptics (PubMed)
- 1981/08 – Hypnotic and antiepileptic effects of CBD
- 2010/02 – Cannabidiol displays antiepileptiform and antiseizure properties in vitro and in vivo (PubMed)
- 2011/00 – Endocannabinoid system protects against cryptogenic seizures
- 2012/06 – Cannabidiol exerts anti-convulsant effects in animal models (PubMed)
- 2012/06 – Cannabinoids for epilepsy
- 2013/06 – Medicinal marijuana stops seizures, brings hope to a little girl
- 2013/12 – Parent survey of cannabidiol use in pediatric treatment-resistant epilepsy (PubMed)
- 2013/11 – Cannabidivarin (CBDV) suppressespentylenetetrazole (PTZ)-inducedincreases in epilepsy-related gene expression
- 2014/05 – Cannabidiol: Pharmacology and potential therapeutic role in epilepsy (International League Against Epilepsy)
- 2014/07 – Nonpsychotropic Plant Cannabinoids, Cannabidivarin (CBDV) and Cannabidiol (CBD), Potential for the Treatment of Neuronal Hyperexcitability (ACS Publications)
- 2014/09 – Seizing an opportunity for the endocannabinoid system
- 2014/09 – Cannabidiol: promise and pitfalls
- 2014/12 – Cannabis, CBD, and epilepsy – From receptors to clinical response
- 2016/04 – CBD Post-Treatment Alleviates Rat Epileptic-Related Behaviors
- 2017/00 – Survey of Parents Regarding the Use of Cannabidiol in Mexican Children with Refractory Epilepsy.
- 2017/03 – Protective Effects of Cannabidiol against Seizures and Neuronal Death
- 2017/05 – Therapeutic effects of cannabinoids in animal models of seizures, epilepsy etc.
- 2017/05 – Pharmacology of cannabinoids in the treatment of epilepsy
- 2017/06 – Cannabidiol Treatment for Refractory Seizures in Sturge-Weber Syndrome
- 2017/06 – Could Cannabidiol be a Treatment Option for Intractable Childhood and Adolescent Epilepsy?