CBD for Seizures
CBD use is on the rise among adults in the United States.
This amazing all-natural compound helps millions of people to combat pain and anxiety, improving their quality of lives without having to resort to pharmaceuticals.
Despite the incredible benefits of CBD, there is only one FDA-approved CBD medication, and it’s for seizures.
Epidiolex is a dropper-based CBD medication for children with severe seizure disorders. There are hundreds of unapproved CBD products out there, including CBD for dog seizures.
What is CBD?
CBD, or cannabidiol, is one of the many chemicals found in plants of the cannabis family, including hemp. However, it is not one of the chemicals that causes euphoria. THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, is the chemical associated with that high feeling.
For those interested in CBD as a way of reducing the severity of seizure activity, a conversation with your physician is the critical first step.
While CBD is not addictive, it is possible that it will interact negatively with medications you are already taking. It is also possible that you can take too much CBD, which can lead to unpleasant digestive issues.
CBD has been found to have very rare and mild side effects, so it is considered safe to take for most people.
How Does CBD Work?
We have something called endocannabinoid receptors in our nervous systems. CBD plugs into them and alters the transmission of data.
THC also plugs into these receptors, creating disconnection and an elevation of mood. CBD plugs into these receptors and creates a sense of calm and balance.
Endocannabinoid receptors help our bodies maintain homeostasis. CBD simply strengthens this naturally occurring process.
For those who struggle with anxiety, CBD slows the cycle of anxious thoughts. When it comes to pain, CBD slows the transmission of nerve pain.
How Does CBD Oil Stop Seizures
Those dealing with seizure disorders have an electrical disruption in the brain at the time of the seizure.
Current research indicates that CBD in the cannabinoid receptor balances calcium activity in the nerve cells and either stops or lessens the intensity of the disruption.
Finding the Right CBD Oil for Seizures
Once you have discussed your needs with your physician and agreed that starting CBD use is a worthy experiment, you will want to buy your CBD from a producer that offers third-party testing. It is critical that you buy CBD that has been
- organically grown
- certified to be THC free
- third party tested to confirm that what is in the dropper is what is on the label
Quality cannabis producers will offer third-party testing on all of their products. If you cannot find these certifications while you shop, go with another producer.
CBD Oil Dosage for Seizures
CBD can be taken
- under the tongue, or sublingually
- on the skin, or topically
- into the stomach, or as an edible or capsule
If you are sensitive to nuts, carefully review your carrier oil options to get the safest product for you.
The risk of an allergic reaction to CBD products is extremely rare. However, you may react to the carrier oil in a sublingual oil or to the flavor. Start with a small dose and hold it under the tongue for 45 seconds.
If you notice any tingling, burning, or itching, it is possible that you are sensitive to the carrier or flavor.
Carefully study your mouth after the CBD has been absorbed. If you notice any lingering redness, soreness, or inflammation, look for a different carrier oil and flavor combination.
Track Your Results
Using a notebook and a timer, track your results. In addition to noting the time and severity of your seizure activity, track how you are feeling, any sleepiness, and any digestive reaction.
By tracking your experiences with a notebook and jotting down exactly how you are feeling, hour by hour, after your dosage, you can determine if CBD is helpful and your optimum dosage.
Avoid the Side Effects
Too large a dose can induce some sleepiness or sluggishness.
To avoid this, you may want to try microdosing your CBD. If your full dose is 25 mg at night to sleep deeply and avoid seizures at night, you can split up the same dosage in the day.
To microdose your CBD dosage and maintain the protection against seizure activity, you could;
- add 5 mg to your smoothie or coffee in the morning
- Take a CBD gummy or two in the middle of the morning
- take 5 mg under the tongue before lunch
and so on through the course of your day!
Stacking in Combination with Microdosing
Stacking your CBD dose is similar to microdosing, except that you are pre-dosing to avoid seizure activity in the night. If you already take a dose before bed, consider reducing it and taking a CBD gummy or capsule at the same time.
While the sublingual dose is absorbed quickly into the bloodstream, an edible has to be digested to dose your nervous system. By stacking your intake, you can extend the benefits of your dose without taking too much.
If you have taken too much, your body will let you know. Again, CBD is not addictive, but if you take too much you may develop diarrhea as well as the aforementioned drowsiness.
Start slow to get the perfect dosage for your CBD routine.
The data on CBD is still coming in. Many adults who use it to fight insomnia and reduce the cycle of anxious thoughts find it to be an incredibly helpful product, as do chronic pain sufferers.
While many of CBD's benefits are still being researched, studies show that CBD cures seizures.
One of the best benefits of CBD self-dosing is that once you determine the best dosage for your needs, you will not need to up the dosage as you build up a tolerance. Set your dose and move forward!
*These statements have not been evaluated or approved by the Food and Drug Administration and are not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any illness. Medical advice should be taken from a medical professional.
All of the articles on this site are written by 3rd party content providers, expert bloggers or doctors not directly affiliated with Eden’s Herbals.
Individuals should learn the risks and side effects prior to taking CBD. Make sure to always check with a medical professional before starting any new CBD treatment or medication that is not FDA approved.