I wanted to share Rory’s journey with CBD for two reasons, one it has a great ending and two I hope it will help someone else going through the same thing.
Little bit about Rory: We adopted him April 2010, sight unseen, from a friend’s friend, he came to us at just 5 1/2 weeks and 8 lbs, not the best beginning in life. He’s one of the sweetest souls I have ever known and so, so sensitive.
As luck would have it Rory seems to have all the conditions Golden Retrievers are predisposed for, mainly allergies and seizures. In 2011, Rory had his first and only Grand Mal seizure but following that continued to have stage 1 and 2 seizures, it was determined Rory had epilepsy and of course was recommended he start on all the pharmaceuticals that go with it.
At this point I was doing research like crazy and the more I read the more I knew this was not the path for Rory. My Vet had told me the seizures would not cause lasting damage and so for the next 4 years I attempted to control them by keeping logs of triggers and managing diet.
During this time I would talk to people about his epilepsy, a lot of people shared with me they managed that condition with cannabis. So I started to research and with the help of a new Vet was directed to CBD. For the next 4 years I tried to navigate the maze of CBD. How to dose, when to dose, am I buying “snake-oil” or is it legit. Some of it gave him diarrhea so I would stop, some seemed to upset his stomach further, so I would stop with that one. I thought he would build a tolerance so I would only give it to him during his actual seizures. Our success rate with this was minimal but it did reduce the severity and length of the seizures, so we continued. I went to a dispensary and bought a THC ratio CBD and that seemed to work a bit better but made him really sleepy.
It was right after trying the THC ratio that a friend told me about a seminar being given by an actual certified cannabis specialist (I never even knew there were certified cannabist specialists!). So I attended Robbin Lynn’s Seminar and for the first time instead of feeling confused, I felt hopeful about actually being able to stop the seizures with CBD and not just manage the severity or length.
She answered so many of my questions, I actually felt like crying with relief when I left that day.
I signed up for a consult and met with Robbin on 4/5/19. Rory has been taking a CBD she recommended daily since then and he has had 5 seizures total in the last 3 1/2 months, which have lasted about 5 minutes; a huge improvement.
When I first started CBD and diet control Rory was having 5-8 seizures a week and sometimes 3 in a day, and they would last up to 30 minutes at a time.
The seizures since meeting with Robbin can attributed a trigger, namely lack of diet control (sometimes its hard to say “no” to that sweet face)
I can’t begin to tell you what a blessing it has been to have met Robbin, she is so knowledgeable and I found it impossible,to gather this information on my own. Her dosing recommendations were right on, she was able to explain why certain CBD’s upset his stomach and whether we even needed a THC ratio. I can’t say enough about how good she is.
So for the first time in the last 8 years Rory is virtually seizure free, in addition it calms his head ”ticks” and helps with his appetite.
Thank you, thank you Robbin for doing what you do and sharing the knowledge you have by doing so you have given my sweet boy a quality of life he has never known until now.
Forever grateful, Katie and Rory
This post is from a letter written by Rory’s family and posted with their permission in the hopes that it helps others <3