MMJ for West Syndrome

Photo Credit: Medical Marijuana Inc. 

Photo Credit: Medical Marijuana Inc. 

West Syndrome is a type of pediatric epilepsy characterized infants involuntarily stiffening that typically develops between three and eight months of age. The seizures are short term, lasting only a couple of seconds, by they normally occur in succession. The syndrome limits a baby's development and can cause them to lose their ability to roll over, sit, or babble. Most children also develop intellectual disabilities or autism later in life, or another form of epilepsy. Cannabis rich in CBD significantly reduces seizures, sometimes leading to seizure freedom, in children with West's syndrome.

In one questionnaire study, CBD-enriched cannabis helped decrease seizure frequency in children with West syndrome by 85%, and 14% experienced seizure freedom. Additionally, 53% of patients reported improved sleep, 71% improved alertness, and 63% experienced improvements in mood. Another survey found 85% of parents reported their children experienced reduced seizure frequency after cannabis treatment. From those parents, 11% said their children became seizure free, and 42% reported their child's seizures reduced by more than 80%. Similarly, parents reported improvements in alertness, mood, and sleep. These results are likely due to the fact CBD activates the CB1 receptor, which dampens neurotransmission and reduces neuronal excitability. 

This information has been provided by Medical Marijuana Inc. and approved by our Chief Medical Officer.