Something You Should Know About Epilepsy and Cannabis | cannabisMD

Something You Should Know About Epilepsy and Cannabis

Something You Should Know About Epilepsy and Cannabis

Jokubas Ziburkus | TEDxVilnius
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Dr. Jokubas Ziburkus is a Lithuanian-American Neuroscientist. He is the CEO and Co-Founder of Canntelligence, an education and innovation company at the University of Houston’s Innovation Center, where he is also an associate professor.

In this video he gives a great breakdown on the benefits of cannabis to the treatment of epilepsy. He focuses his research on Dravet Syndrome, an extremely aggressive form of epilepsy. Dravet syndrome is a rare disease found in children. Children with dravet syndrome suffer from extreme tonic clonic seizures, these can be so intense that up to 20% of diagnoses result in death.

Dr Ziburkus is a firm believer in the use of cannabinoids for seizure control for children suffering from Dravet syndrome. He understands that treating children with cannabis extracts can be very controversial. As Dr. Ziburkus explains though “the devil is in the details”.

Cannabis has been used for centuries for its medicinal properties. It is only now that we are truly understanding what parts of the plant are useful for treating different ailments. That is where cannabidiol (CBD) comes in. While cannabis, containing THC, may be dangerous for children due to the ‘high factor’ and potential for addiction, CBD contains none of that.

This video provides a powerful look at the research that has been done and must still be done in treating a very serious medical condition.

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