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CBD for Dravet Syndrome – A 2017 Study

Dravet syndrome, previously known as severe myoclonic epilepsy of infancy (SMEI), is a severe form of epilepsy that typically develops around 6 months of age. Starting with frequent febrile seizures which are fever-related, seizures can be triggered by body temperature changes, flashing lights, emotional stress or excitement. As the disease progresses, the patient may develop myoclonic seizures, characterized by involuntary muscle spasms, and status epilepticus, a state of continuous seizure that lasts longer than 30 minutes and requires emergency care.
The high frequency of seizures caused by the syndrome commonly causes children to have trouble developing language and motor skills. In addition, they often experience hyperactivity and have problems with socialization. Dravet syndrome is typically treated with anticonvulsant medications and diet adjustment, with varying results from person to person. Seizures associated with Dravet syndrome are particularly difficult to control compared to other forms of epilepsy.
While there is no cure for Dravet syndrome, a 2017 study published in the New England Journal of Medicine demonstrated that cannabis might play a role in reducing seizures caused by Dravet syndrome. One of the major cannabinoids found in cannabis, cannabidiol (CBD), interacts with cannabinoid receptor 1 in the body’s endocannabinoid system, inhibiting the release of a certain neurotransmitter that causes seizures. The study, which is the largest and most successful clinical trial to-date to demonstrate the potential medicinal benefits of CBD, may convince many clinicians to consider CBD for treating the 20% of epileptic disorder that are poorly controlled by prescription drugs.
According to the National Institute of Health, CBD-enriched cannabis reduced seizure frequency in 85% of children and 14% reported complete seizure freedom. Children also saw improvements in sleep (53%), alertness (71%), and mood (63%). Furthermore, these benefits were achieved with minimal side effects.
CBD was approved for use in the treatment of Dravet syndrome in 2018, and studies continue to demonstrate its effectiveness. Tell us your experiences in the comments.

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who we are

 Heres a little about who we are and why sharing plant medicine knowledge is so important to us. Big thanks to all who take a few minutes to read our little blog, hopefully you’ll take something away from it!
We’ll start with who we are:
After years of misdiagnoses and being over prescribed pharmaceuticals for phantom conditions, Nick decided to take control of his own health. Combining a gluten free diet with little to no processed sugars, replacing pharmaceuticals with plant medicine and regular physical activity, Nick was able to redirect his health and regain his quality of life.
With an engineering background it only made sense that he would start production of his own products to ensure quality, purity and cleanliness for his family, friends and himself. Shortly after Fully Activated began, Courtney, a long time friend from a similar industry joined Nick in Colorado to lend her skills and knowledge to the cause and the company. It didn’t take long before both Nick and Courtney realized they had found a true calling, not only in life, also in love.
 Now, we are a husband and wife team that together have almost 30 years experience in the marijuana industry ranging from cultivation to genetic development. We’ve merged our ideas of plant medicine and a preventative lifestyle to offer products that can be utilized daily by anyone in need, anywhere.