CBD can support for seizures in animals
The benefits of cannabis as medicine for animals has been getting a huge amount of attention in the medical, scientific, and pet owning communities. One of the most likely uses showing the most promise is in the treatment of seizures.
The benefits of cannabis as a supplement for animals has been getting a huge amount of attention in the medical, scientific, and pet owning communities. One of the most likely uses showing the most promise is in the treatment of seizures.
The use of cannabis to treat seizures is nothing new. Cannabis has been described as a therapy for people with seizures for hundreds, if not thousands, of years.
In recent years, cannabis, and cannabidiol (CBD) in particular, are once again being considered for the treatment of seizures in both humans and animals.
in early times, cannabis was used for seizures based purely on observational data, but today in-depth scientific research is being conducted to determine how and why cannabis is beneficial in an effort to determine how best to reduce, and hopefully eradicate, seizures.
HOW DOES THE SCIENCE RELATE TO ANIMALS?
Research in the field of veterinary has also taken a big step forward this year with the publishing of the first clinical trial evaluating the effects of CBD on seizures in dogs suffering from epilepsy. The study, conducted at Colorado State University, evaluated seizure frequency in dogs with and without the use of CBD. Results showed an 89% reduction in seizure frequency in dogs who received 2.5 mg/kg CBD twice daily compared to a 43% reduction in dogs not receiving CBD. Both groups of dogs were receiving other anti-seizure pharmaceuticals at the time of the study which is the reason the group not receiving CBD had a large reduction in seizures, as well. While these results are considered statistically significant, they are certainly not as dramatic as many hoped they would be. The authors noted this in their conclusions and stated further studies are warranted to see if higher doses of CBD may be more beneficial in the treatment of seizures in dogs.
One specific point to note about the study is the CBD formula used was not a CBD “isolate.” The hemp-based formula contained “trace amounts of other cannabinoids” which may or may not have contributed to its efficacy. Research suggests that multiple cannabinoids (CBD, THC, and others) as well as terpenes have anti-seizure properties and it may be that greater effects can be found with a “broader spectrum” formulation.
Speaking from the perspective of the benefits of “whole plant medicine,” broad spectrum formulations are usually more effective than single components. That said, from a research perspective, using pure CBD would clarify what effects are specific to the one compound.