Yesterday I wrote about what I wish I knew about pharmaceuticals and am continuing with this thought as I share what would have been useful to know about cannabis 5 years ago.
1. ALL CANNABIS HELPS. When I first started the process of giving my daughter cannabis. I thought it HAD to be CBD. That it must be better. At the time, Charlotte's Web had just started going public and there was a waitlist and an application process. So following other parent leads, I ordered something called RHSO on Amazon and thought that might be the next best thing in the meantime. There is a long story about that delivery. But to keep this short, after using that, Epidiolex, Jayden's Juice, 4 other full-extracts from a lab owner, and 3 of my own, I have to report that although certain strains are better than others, ALL CANNABIS HELPS. And I could have started with any strain I had available to me anywhere in the world. That being said, I am thankful to have access to many more strains than the majority of the world and only know this from all of the experimenting and testing I have done. But maybe this will help someone else out there.....
2. In our experience, and that of hundreds of others, THC is extremely useful not only in a high-CBD strain, but in a high THC strain. Some of the hemp versions of cannabis (<.3% THC) are bred and hybridized to the point of not resembling the original strain that was useful in helping so many. Even 1% THC is a better representation of a balanced strain. A high THC extract is very useful in both weaning phases of pharma use, and during an actual seizure. Used as a rescue med, it can stop certain types of seizures within seconds. Other types of seizures it takes longer, but it almost always helps make them shorter and less intense.
3. Sublingual (under the tongue) and topical applications can be better ways than ingesting to administer cannabis. How you give your child cannabis depends on the ailment, but overall sublingual and topical are extremely useful and underutilized. I also include rubbing it on the gums and buccal (inside of cheek) in this category. During a seizure I discovered by rubbing the oil on the gums like a medic would rub sugar on a diabetic's gums to treat hypoglycemia. It can also be administered under the tongue as part of a daily regimen. Sublingual administration allows a medication to enter the bloodstream much more quickly than ingestion. It also bypasses the first-pass metabolism easing stress on the liver (very useful for those on AED's ). Using cannabis topically in a cream or lotion, can also provide different but useful effects. Although seizures are thought to start in the brain, nerves are all over the body and all affect the functioning of the entire nervous system. (Also extremely useful for kids with Sensory Processing conditions).
4. There are a few herbal remedies (and essential oils) that should be either avoided or used with caution in for certain conditions, like epilepsy. Although many proponents of cannabis (and essential oils) say "it can't hurt you" this is not only irresponsible but detrimental to the cannabis movement. Most AED's are processed in the p450 cytochrome system largely located in the liver, the same system CBD is metabolized. If you are using ANY other pharma research contraindications. We learned this in a very real way when on the Epidiolex trial.
4. It is so easy to make your own medicine. I promise. I have a short video coming out this week to prove it. If you have looked at YouTube for any advice you may have seen one of the hundreds of videos involving large amounts of weed, alcohol, and turkey fryers and plenty of warnings to not blow your house up. You may have even seen 4wheelers (Utila!), vacuum ovens, and hours upon hours of friends hanging out watching said turkey fryer. Please watch my video and save yourself the time and energy. I did it for you. If you need a reminder just sign up for the newsletter and I will send you the link when it comes out:))