Constance Finley Weighs In with Little Known Facts on THC and CBD in the Treatment of Epilepsy and Other Seizure Disorders

Cancer has been our serendipitous focus at CPBE. 

When famous oncologists saw their stage four and basically without hope patients respond to the cannabis oil I was making in 2012, the floodgates opened and now the river banks are broader.  Requests from oncologists to help them by providing cannabis oil to their patients focused us around that compelling and huge need. Other organizations in cannabis have focused instead on the little kids that will die from sometimes hundreds of seizures a day.  These kids can’t learn to talk, can’t retain learning from day to day, because the seizures wipe out the neurochemical pathways that constitute learning.  We at CPBE work with a few of these kids, and with adult seizure patients from a non-differentiated Lyme etiology.

The dialogue around cannabis and children is a fraught one: the best control the DEA has in our Northern California grower communities is that cannabis-related arrests often result in parents fighting to keep their children out of foster care.  This is draconian, unjust and detrimental to all involved, and inexcusable.

The next time I have a pregnant grower telling me that she has to choose between income and fear that her newborn could become a ward of the state, even on a temporary basis, is the next time I will see red.  There’s no excuse in the facts surrounding most of these arrests for legal behavior within the state’s jurisdiction.  But, it also brings up for me the widespread lack of awareness of the facts.

I was a child psychologist in my twenties when I also taught college and graduate school courses in clinical psychology.  The facts in child psychology are that children under the age of five or six do not have sufficient “reward” centers in the brain to experience being affected by psychoactivity.  This was generally understood decades ago.  But cannabis therapeutics seems not to have heard of this underlying precept.  For several years now, I chafe at the lost opportunity of children responding to THC for much more effective seizure control than CBD alone offers.

THC provides relief, and it is stunningly helpful.

Dr. Dustin Sulak spoke at the Patients Out of Time Conference I attended last week in West Palm Beach, Florida.  He shared a version of the same information: children do not have sufficient brain receptor site development in their endocannabinoid systems to experience psychoactivity from THC, and most of them need some of it to maximally control seizure activity.

Nate Morris, featured in the Discovery Channel documentary “Weed Country” on cannabis, commented on his Facebook page that in his experience as epileptics age they require more and more THC to control seizures.

Our experience working with adult seizure patients from Lyme etiology is that only THC provides relief, and it is stunningly helpful.

Another very little known fact about working with CBD and seizure disorders is that patients seem to hit a non-response between 6-9 months typically.  For the CBD to work again, Dr. Bonnie Goldstein reported at an SCC meeting in Long Beach, which I attended in March, that it requires a cleaning of receptors through cessation of CBD to re-set the receptors.

As with any cutting edge methodology or discovery, the real picture is significantly more complicated than the headlines.

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