Jokubas Ziburkus | TEDxVilnius
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Dr. Jokubas Ziburkus is a Lithuanian-American Neuroscientist and a musician at heart. 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. During Dr. Jokubas Ziburkus’s time in university, he performed a series of remarkable experiments which had then led him to significant results on neuromodulation of synaptic plasticity in the visual system.
Combining and using his knowledge on both music and neuroscience, Dr. Jokubas Ziburkus easily explains how the brain of someone with epilepsy works by referring to music, singing, vocal chords and how its similar to neurons ridden with seizure activity.
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 compelling look at the research that has been done and must still be done in treating a severe medical condition.