CBD Effects on Epilepsy Medication


It seems at least once a week I am asked about CBD Oil. It is showing promising results in the management of epilepsy. I have tried it briefly & my huMom believes it was helping me but we are hoping to get a specific CBD oil called, “Charlotte’s Web”, because it is made specifically to manage epilepsy. We are also doing our due diligence as this is a relatively new medication & it is not yet regulated (or legal) here in Canada.

A study is underway at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Adults & children with hard to manage epilepsy are trying CBD oil but the study is also looking as to how CBD interacts with other seizure medications.

The study has found that there were significant changes in levels of the drugs clobazam, topiramate, & rufinamide in both adults & children. Changes in zonisamide & eslicarbazepine was observed in adults only. Except for clobazam, however, the drug levels did not change outside of the normally accepted range. Tests also showed that participants taking valproate & CBD showed slightly more stress on their liver.

The findings emphasize the importance of monitoring blood levels of anti epileptic drugs as well as liver function during treatment with CBD oil. The perception exists that since CBD is plant based, it is natural & safe. While this may be true, this study shows that CBD can interact with anti seizure drugs.

Studies like this are very helpful. We intend to try CBD Oil again, once we find a quality brand that clearly helps. There seems to be no question that CBD oil can shut down seizures but some standardization & quality control needs to be established. Maintaining a regular dosage is very important.

Do you use CBD Oil to manage epilepsy? If so, I’d like to hear your story.

CEO Olivia

No Medical Cannabis For Pets In Canada (For Now)


Here in Canada, the sale of cannabis in all forms will be legal as of July 1st. This has been of interest to me because CBD oil which is derived from cannabis has been proven to help manage epilepsy. There is even a strain called, “Charlotte’s Web”, which has been bred specifically for treating epileptic humans.

Generally, veterinarians in Canada have been unwilling to recommend cannabis treatments because at present, there are no official guide lines for prescribing them for animals.

Cannabis & its derivative products are prohibited under the Controlled Drugs & Substances Act. While veterinarians are included as ‘health practitioners’ in the Act, they would still require a ‘legal pathway’ to prescribe cannabis-based medicines. No medicine (cannabis or otherwise) can legally be prescribed without first being classified as an approved medicine by Health Canada, & since to date no cannabis-based medicines have been approved by Health Canada for use with animals, there can effectively be no legal pathway to prescription.

At Colorado State University, clinical trials are already underway for cannabidiol as a treatment for epilepsy, as well as for treatment of osteoporosis in dogs. These trials could pave the way for FDA-approved cannabis treatments in the USA, which could ultimately lead to Health Canada-approved treatments in Canada.

It may take some time but eventually I’m sure CBD oil’s will become available for animals in Canada. Before then, vet’s will need to learn how to adjust dosages & understand the benefits of the various strains.

It should be noted that having CBD’s prescribed by a vet will be the wiser alternative than trying to treat your animal companion on your own. Often joked about by cannabis aficionados of the human variety, the possibility of overdose is a real concern. Accidental cannabis toxicity can cause symptoms like vomiting, incontinence & irregular heartbeat.

We are keeping a close eye on this story as it is my huMom’s wish that I can try Charlotte’s Web CBD oil one day with the hope that it will shut down that Epi monster once & for all.

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CEO Olivia