Cannabidiol or CBD oil for seizures first came into use with a little girl named Charlotte Figi. She was suffering severe seizures when she was just three months old. By the time she was five years old, this was up to about 300 seizures a week. And on a CBD regiment, she was able to return to normal life and bring down the incidents to about 2-3 times a month. This journey is extensively covered in a CNN documentary by Sanjay Gupta.
Set Up a CBD Oil Dosing Plan
The cannabis plant where CBD oil is extracted has the same superpower to do the same for dogs. There are two options here on how to manage seizures in your pet. One is a three times daily edible or dog treat infused with CBD. We recommend that this be done in conjunction to an oil or tincture. So, in the event the dog is in an active seizure you can administer the CBD oil for seizures sublingually.
The other option is to go just straight oil or tincture all the time. The issue that we have found with this straight oil method is, most dogs run as soon as they know you will be giving them the ill-tasting tinctures. And picky eaters will just refuse to eat their food even more. For this reason, we suggest it would be a good idea to mix it up. Dog treats infused with CBD oil will be much easier to give, just like giving any other treat. Your pet won’t even notice the difference. And, this can easily be included as a daily maintenance.
Hence, what this means for us pet parents is, less of a struggle and a daily fight with your pet to administer his dose. God only knows we have all been there before! The eating around a pill pocket, the eating all around it, and the running and hiding. With a dog treat infused with the oil, it becomes a pleasurable experience for all involved.
Most importantly stick to your chosen schedule and consistency is key.
According to Ian Miller, MD of Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, “convulsive seizures decreased by 46% in children taking 20 mg/kg/day and 49% for children taking 10 mg/kg/day of cannabidiol, compared with 27% for placebo… The children in this study had already tried an average of four epilepsy drugs with no success and at the time were taking an average of three additional drugs, so to have this measure of success with cannabidiol is a major victory,” 1
According to the Journal of Epilepsy Research, “CBD was found to be superior to placebo in reducing the frequency of convulsive (tonic-clonic, tonic, clonic, and atonic) seizures in patients with Dravet syndrome, and the frequency of drop seizures in patients with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome. For the first time, there is now class 1 evidence that adjunctive use of CBD improves seizure control in patients with specific epilepsy syndromes.” 2
How Does CBD Oil for Seizures Work?
All living beings with the exclusion of insects have an endocannabinoid system. This system is a primary regulatory system that keeps our bodies in functional balance. Our bodies naturally produce its own endocannabinoids. And these receptors are like docking stations found throughout our bodies like the brain, nervous system, skin, gastrointestinal system, bones, etc. Thus, it is widespread throughout our bodies. Dogs are no exception. As a result, the CBD’s from the cannabis plant attach to these receptors found throughout the body to bring them into balance.
An animal recovering from a torn ACL, or other surgery can benefit from a CBD treatment. Since it is known to help promote a restful sleep and decreased stress. Or better mobility from CBD’s anti-inflammatory properties and pain management for arthritis in dogs. The benefits of CBD are far and wide.
Did you know there are more than 100+ beneficial cannabinoids in the cannabis plant? They all have a different function that aids in different aspects of bringing all living beings into homeostasis. If you wish to read more about which cannabinoids can help with specific ailments, check out this infographic on CBD oil benefits list and CBD oil effects.