Seizures are one of the most debilitating conditions and do wreak havoc not only on health but also lifestyle and overall quality of life. Apart from traditional medications, cannabis has emerged from the shadows, offering a respite.
Anecdotal evidence of how CBD helps reduce seizures abound. On the other hand, research thus far is limited. One of the main reasons is the prohibitions imposed by governments, making it challenging, if not impossible, to conduct studies and trials.
Nonetheless, from published materials, it is becoming clear that CBD indeed has potential as a treatment and thus merit more comprehensive studies. At this time, it has yet to be determined whether this compound is antiepileptic or merely augments traditional medicines.
Before even considering self-medicating with cannabis, be sure to consult with qualified health professionals.
7 Best Strains to Mitigate Seizures and Epilepsy
The industry abounds with new hybrids - more potent than ever. THC, in this case, is not only useful for inducing the high. It is also highly therapeutic. However, that is not helpful at all when it comes to managing seizures. What is needed are cannabidiol-rich strains, and these (in alphabetical order) are the ones that pack a ton of CBD.
CBD Harlequin Kimbo Kush
The quintessential Harlequin received a boost in a cross with Kimbo Kush. Instead of a nearly non-psychedelic but highly medicinal strain, the offspring loaded up on physically relaxing properties. Hence, further crossing it with a cannabidiol-rich Ruderalis gave birth to this strain.
In some ways, Harlequin Kimbo Kush has come full circle. This reworked variety now has a 2:1 CBD to THC ratio, topping out at some 12%. At these ranges, it serves as a perfect introductory strain to beginners. The mellow, uplifting buzz - far from intense - is more on the soothing side. Its therapeutic abilities remain potent and could help ward off stress, headaches, migraines, and chronic pains caused by numerous conditions. Moreover, it has the potential to mitigate seizures.
This strain comes in two forms. CBD Harlequin Kimbo Kush feminized seeds have a flowering time of 8-10 weeks and could yield 400-600 grams per square meter.
As an option, fast version seeds are also available. It cuts down the flowering time by two weeks and produces a decent 400 grams per square meter.
One thing that distinguishes CBD Kush is the fact that it is one of the few high CBD autos to exist. Moreover, it has an impressive 2:1 CBD to THC ratio. At best, its psychoactive traits are gentle, but not for the more experienced consumers who have already built up a tolerance to THC.
Its best use in a recreational setting, evidently, is to serve as an introductory strain to beginners. It can also be useful as a calming strain that promotes mental clarity. On medicinal application, its star shines the brightest. 14% CBD is more than enough to provide a reprieve from stress, depression, and anxiety. It can also act as a pain-reliever too. At the same time, it may help reduce seizures.
Growing Auto CBD Kush is the fastest way to obtaining a generous stash. It has a compact stature that fits even in small spaces. From the moment the seedlings emerge from the shell, it takes only 10-11 weeks to develop fully and be ready for harvest. Keep the conditions optimal, and the yield per square meter could reach 450 grams per square meter.
CBD OG Kush
OG Kush is one of those legends that could exhaust all the superlatives. Pretty much everything has been said here and elsewhere on the web. Aptly, High Times named it the "best strain of all time," too.
At Homegrown Cannabis Co., this strain is one of the most recommended in battling stress, depression, and anxiety. However, it is practically useless when dealing with seizures. Hence, the team worked on raising its CBD value. The result after years of painstaking work is an enhanced hybrid that boasts of 15% CBD.
It helps to have prior experience in gardening when growing CBD OG Kush from feminized seeds. It is a little delicate when it comes to pests and diseases. Keeping the temperature and moisture levels within the correct range prevents these problems from occurring. At any rate, harvest could not come any sooner after 8-9 weeks flowering with each square meter yielding up to 500 grams.
CBD Strawberry is a far cry from the original high-THC variety. Even when grown under the most optimal conditions, it barely reaches 1% THC. In other words, it does not exert psychoactive effects. It is not a completely useless strain, though, for recreational use. For one, casual consumers can reap its mellow, relaxing properties.
The strength of this strain is in its ability to ward off pains and mitigate the symptoms of anxiety and depression. Moreover, it has a potent anticonvulsant property that is invaluable to patients suffering from epilepsy and seizures.
CBD Strawberry feminized seeds are not challenging to germinate. And, throughout the growth cycle, it is hard not to appreciate its resilience and hardy nature. After transitioning to the bloom phase, it takes 7-9 weeks to develop fully and be ready for harvest. Under the SOG setup, its yield per square meter should be around 400 grams.
Thousands of hybrids, several iconic lineages, there is no lack of strains with remarkable therapeutic benefits. Tangie, for instance, is one - it's uplifting, energizing qualities can quickly melt stress and mitigate depression and anxiety. However, many people miss out simply because of the psychoactive traits. Hence, the breeders of Homegrown Cannabis Co. infused the genes of a high-CBD strain to create a non-psychoactive variety.
Called CBD Tangie, it has a 15:1 CBD to THC ratio. Such composition made it appealing to patients who have no desire to get high. More importantly, it became even more potent in alleviating anxiety and depression. Unlike the original high-THC strain, which is practically useless in relieving seizures, this CBD-rich variety has adequate anticonvulsant properties to make a difference.
CBD Tangie feminized seeds grow into a slender plant, reaching 110-130 cm tall. It thrives in either SOG or ScrOG and could yield up to 550 grams per square meter after 9-10 weeks.
CBD White Widow
One of the world's most popular strains, White Widow, is also among the most recommended for beginners in growing cannabis. For one, it is highly resilient and has an excellent natural resistance to pests and diseases. Hence, developing a CBD-rich variety is a no-brainer.
The infusion of a high-CBD strain led to the emergence of CBD White Widow. The most significant difference is the absence of the energizing, creative high that made the original a legend. In lieu is an insane CBD level ranging from 12-16%. Besides enhanced anxiolytic and anti-psychotic properties, it also helps reduce the number of epileptic seizures.
Although the cannabinoid profile is mirror opposites, CBD White Widow feminized seeds retain the same remarkable growth pattern as the high-THC strain. Even beginners could cultivate this plant, and produce up to 450 grams per square meter in as little as 7 weeks.
CBD 1-CA Ratio 1:20
When it comes to no-nonsense medical strains, it is hard to argue against CBD 1-CA Ratio 1:20. As alluded to by its name, it boasts of up to 20% CBD. It shares numerous therapeutic qualities with THC-rich stains, such as mitigating the symptoms of chronic pains, stress, anxiety, and depression. It is also capable of reducing the occurrence of seizures.
It has barely 1% THC. Granted that some beginners may feel a soft buzzing, it is scarcely noticeable. If anything, this strain can induce soothing, calming effects.
The feminized seeds of CBD1-CA Ratio 1:20 grow into healthy plants with a compact structure. It also has excellent resistance to pests and moisture-related diseases. During the flowering period that lasts 8-10 weeks, it produces dense buds covered with frosty trichomes. When cared for properly, the potential yield per square meter is incredibly high, ranging from 400-600 grams.