Anecdotal evidence suggests that cannabis oil may help some of these people control their seizures and potentially save their lives. A small number of studies have shown that adding cannabis oil to existing medication may be effective in devastating, hard-to-treat epilepsy in children and adolescents.
We now need to decide if we should expand human trials with better defined THC-containing cannabis oil, or if we should focus on CBD. The fact that Epidiolex has progressed towards approval in the US may encourage the latter course. CBD lacks psychoactive effects associated with THC and, in general, is regarded as a safe compound.
I have been approached by Dragonfly Biosciences who produce and market cannabidiol (CBD) to sit on their Advisory Panel. I do not receive funding from Dragonfly Biosciences, but would be paid a consultancy fee if I join the Advisory Boorad. My scientific publication support the use of non-THC cannabidinoids, as reflected in this article. I have previously received funding from GW Pharmaceuticals, but I am currently not in receipt of such funding.
The government has now also relented in Alfie’s case following the concerns raised around the confiscation and return of Billy Caldwell’s medicine.
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Brooke, who has asthma, cannot smoke the plant. Until recently, smoking or vaporizing dry-leaf cannabis were the only ways to legally ingest it. But in a landmark decision June 11, the Supreme Court of Canada made it legal to ingest the plant in any form when medically prescribed.
“Especially if it works as well as we’re seeing,” she says. “My daughter has no quality of life, so if (CBD) is going to give her that quality of life, then for sure, they should be covering the costs, especially when nothing else works.”
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The mother of a St. Thomas, Ont. woman with complex-partial seizures is hoping the availability of cannabidiol (CBD), an extract of the cannabis plant, will enhance her daughter’s quality of life. However, Carol Clarke says there needs to be more information available about proper CBD dosages as well as support for people receiving this treatment.
As the benefits of CBD become more public, Carol says she hopes to see the treatment covered by OHIP’s medication plan, a move that would alleviate the financial burden for people with seizure disorders and their families.
Still, Carol hasn’t taken the next step to obtain medical marijuana from a licensed producer. She needs to have it converted to an oil, and her doctor suggested the cannabis-enriched oil be made into cookies or some other edible form. Carol’s concern is that she does not know the proper dosage.
“The other hurdle is that if she were to go that route, then who is going to help us to ensure that she’s doing OK? If it does work, then we want them off all of the other (medications) that they’re already on, so somebody needs to help us wade through that.”
A Complex Partial Seizure usually occurs without warning, and can happen at any given time. Sometimes the person can first experience an aura, which is a simple partial seizure. It acts as a warning that a bigger seizure is on its way.
Some additional factors that can trigger a seizure include:
Conventionally, the preferred choice of treatment for seizures and epilepsy are antiepileptic drugs. While these drugs are effective, they are also riddled with several side effects. These side effects include:
What Triggers the Complex Partial Seizures?
People who are afflicted with these conditions may have higher chances of experiencing Complex Partial Seizures.
Symptoms often appear abruptly, and they person experiencing them may not even realise that they have just had a seizure. The symptoms include:
A Complex Partial Seizure is a type of seizure that starts out in a single area of our brain. It is also known as a focal onset impaired awareness seizure or a focal impaired awareness seizure. More often than not, the seizure starts in the temporal lobe of the brain.
A Complex Partial Seizure can be experienced by anyone. However, people who have certain medical conditions makes them predisposed to these seizures. These conditions include: