17 July

CBD: Cost & Dosing – For the Treatment of Epilepsy

CBD (Cannabidiol), a component of the Marijuana/Cannabis plant, was recently approved by the FDA for the treatment of epilepsy.

NCT blogged about CBD and how it is used to prevent seizures in December 2017. Check out the blog post here.

One of the current problems with CBD is that inexperienced practitioners are attempting to treat seizures with this medication and are using doses that are too small or using formulations that do not have the proper concentration of CBD.

The result is that patients are under-dosed leading to no change in the control of seizures and wasted dollars. In addition, low-doses give the false illusion that CBD is a well-tolerated medication, but when proper dosing is used patients have to consume a high volume of oil with each dose. This may lead to GI side effects such as cramping, abdominal discomfort and diarrhea.

As CBD emerges as a real treatment for epilepsy it is important that accurate and true information is shared amongst patients, parents, families and the epilepsy community.

For that reason, the team at NCT put together the following tables to estimate the volume of oil one would have to consume at proper dosing and the cost per month. The information in the tables is based on current available products in Canada and published evidence about CBD and the doses required to treat seizures.

Note: all costs are in Canadian dollars and subject to change. Sources for the data are in the tables and available publicly.


1 Comment

  • Richard Paul says:

    I’ve had epilepsy since before my teens and am now over 46. I’m married with four lovely daughters, have had fancy jobs, such as Design Manager at Oxford University Press, and am allowed to drive.This got me worried because i have a bright future that i do not want epilepsy to become a hindrance, i tried several doctors in Texas and none could help with an effective cure. I went on the internet and saw testimonies about a treatment for epilepsy which a doctor offered and i was interested, i got in contact with him and i was able to get the medicine for my self which i used for 2 months as he instructed and it has been over 5 months now i am doing fine without any allergies or aftermath effects. If you are suffering problem try to reach him too
    [Edit: reply to this post if you would like to discuss this further]

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