EPILEPSY

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“When a person has two or more unprovoked seizures, they have epilepsy, which affects more than 2 million people in the United States and 65 million people worldwide. This year, another 150,000 people in our country will be diagnosed with epilepsy.  Despite all available treatments, four out of 10 people with epilepsy continue to experience uncontrolled seizures while many more experience less than optimal seizure control.”

http://www.epilepsy.com/article/2014/3/epilepsy-foundation-calls-increased-medical-marijuana-access-and-research

“When conventional treatments do not work, as is the case for roughly 30% of people with epilepsy, it is not unreasonable to consider cannabis.”

http://www.epilepsy.com/learn/treating-seizures-and-epilepsy/other-treatment-approaches/medical-marijuana-and-epilepsy

“Medical cannabis, when recommended by a treating physician, may be the best alternative for some individuals living with drug resistant epilepsy and uncontrolled seizures.”

http://www.epilepsy.com/make-difference/advocacy/advocacy-priorities/epilepsy-and-medical-cannabis

THE BASIC TERMS YOU NEED TO KNOW

Cannabis:
The dried leaves and flowering tops of the Cannabis sativa or Cannabis indica plant. Cannabis may help treat the symptoms of cancer or the side effects of cancer treatment, such as nausea and vomiting, pain, and cachexia (loss of body weight and muscle mass).

Hash Oil:
Hash Oil is extracted or concentrated cannabinoids from the Cannabis plant. Hash is much more potent that “flower” and can be smoked, ingested, or applied topically. Hash Oil can be made using a few different extraction methods. The most common methods are the following: BHO: Butane  CO2: Carbon Dioxide  H2O: Water,  ISO: Isopropyl Alcohol EHO: Ethanol PHO: Propane.

Transdermal Patch:
This type of patch is adhered to your skin much like a band aide. Patches are time-released and work for 8-12 hours depending on the patch. Most patches are non-psychoactive, and are excellent options for long term use.

CB1 & CB2 Receptors:
Receptors are the part of the human body that cannabis bind to. CB1 receptors are found mainly in the brain and spinal cord. CB2 receptors are found throughout the body in the immune system, digestive tract, and the peripheral nervous system.

Endocannabinoid System:
The Endocannabinoid System (ECS) is the system in the human body that cannabinoids interact with and has been linked to helping regulate multiple bodily functions. Watch these 5 videos to learn more about the endocannabinoid system!

Cannabinoid:
A type of chemical in cannabis that causes drug-like effects all through the body, including the central nervous system and the immune system.  Cannabinoids may help treat the symptoms of cancer or the side effects of cancer treatment. A few commonly known cannabinoids are: THC, CBD, THCa & CBDa. Our bodies produce their own cannabinoids, known as endocannabinoids.

CBD (Cannabidiol):
CBD is a cannabis compound that has significant medicinal benefits, but does not make people feel “stoned” and can actually counteract the psychoactivity of THC. CBD has demonstrable neuroprotective and neurogenic effects, and its anti-cancer properties are currently being investigated at several academic research centers in the United States.

CBDa (Cannabidiolic Acid):
CBDa is a raw form of Cannabis. It has no psychoactive effects and has shown to have anti-proliferative effects, inhibits cell growth in tumors/cancer cells, and reduces inflammation.

THCa (Tetrahydrocannabinolic Acid):
THCa, is the main constituent in raw Cannabis. It has no psychoactive effects, but has been shown to have anti-proliferative abilities that are crucial in helping inhibit the growth of cancerous cells.

THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol ):
THC is the chemical responsible for most of cannabis’s psychological effects. THC attaches to certain types of receptors found in the body. This can effect bodily movements, thinking, coordination, and time perception, according to NIDA. THC also can help to regulate the immune system, and is also known to kill cancer cells.

AN EXAMPLE TREATMENT PLAN:

As always consult with your doctor before changing or adding new medication, especially when you are taking seizure medication. Below are some examples of treatment plans some of our patients with Epilepsy are using;

Patient 1

¼ tsp THCa tincture AM
½ tsp THCa tincture PM

Patient 2

1 full CBD patch + .1ml high CBD oil AM
1 full CBD patch + .1ml high CBD oil PM

Patient 3

.1ml high CBD oil AM
.2ml high CBD oil PM

Patient 4

1 full CBDa:THCa 3:2 patch AM
1 full CBN patch PM

Patient 4

Vape bowl of high CBD strain as needed
THCa tincture as needed

Most commonly used cannabinoids amongst epilepsy patients we work with:
THCa, CBD, CBDa, CBN

WHAT OUR CUSTOMERS SAY:

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