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Overview - Encephalitis, Myelitis, and Encephalomyelitis

Description of Encephalitis, Myelitis, and Encephalomyelitis

Encephalitis is an inflammation of the brain. It is most commonly caused by a virus such as, herpes, West Nile, or equine encephalitis or by live virus vaccination e.g. MMR-II, although it may also be produced by bacteria (e.g., syphilis, bacterial meningitis, Lyme disease), parasites (e.g., malaria), or an over-reactive immune response to an inflammation or secondary infection (e.g., measles, mumps, or rubella). Depending on underlying cause orthodox treatment modalities usually include pharmaceutical intervention such as anti-inflammatory drugs, immunosuppressants (steroids), or antivirals for example. Encephalomyelitis is an autoimmune disorder (the immune system attacks the body itself) characterized by inflammation of the brain and the spinal cord. This condition expresses itself in a handful of forms such as acute disseminated (post infectious) encephalomyelitis, a type resembling multiple sclerosis and characterized by the destruction of myelin sheaths (the insulating tissue of nerve fibers) or myelin oligodendrocyte glycoprotein antibody disorders (MOGAD) associated encephalomyelitis. While exact causes are to be determined contributing factors may include in addition to an auto-immune response, microbial infections or exposure to certain vaccines (e.g. Measles, Mumps, and Rubella Virus Vaccine Live) for instance. Orthodox treatments are pharmaceutical in nature (e.g. steroids) and are geared to reduce overly reactive inflammatory responses.

Disease Classification

Condition: Encephalitis and Myelitis
Disease Family: Inflammatory Disease, Infectious Disease
Organ System: Nervous System
ICD-10 Chapter: Diseases of the Nervous System
ICD-10 Code: G04

Encephalitis, Myelitis, and Encephalomyelitis Symptoms:

Numbness, tingling, weakness, paralysis, ataxia, pain, poor sphincter control (e.g. bladder, bowel), nausea and vomiting, seizure, coma

Also known as:

Encephalomyelitis, Myelitis, Acute ascending myelitis, EAE

Drug Interactions

THC Interaction with Pharmaceutical Drugs

  • THC can enhance the effects of drugs that cause sedation and depress the central nervous system, such as benzodiazepines, barbiturates, and alcohol, for example. 
  • THC is metabolized by and an inhibitor of a number of enzymatic liver pathways referred to as cytochrome P450. There are more than 50 enzymes belonging to this enzyme family, a number of which are responsible for the breakdown of common drugs such as antidepressants (e.g. amitriptyline, doxepine, fluvoxamine), antipsychotics (haloperidol, clozapine, stelazine), beta-blockers (e.g. propranolol), bronchodilators (e.g. theophylline), or bloodthinners (e.g. warfarin).  Thus patients taking these classes of medication may find that THC increases the concentration and effects of these drugs as well as the duration of their effects.
  • Clinical observation suggests no likely interactions with other pharmaceuticals at a total daily dose of up to 20mg THC.

CBD Interaction with Pharmaceutical Drugs

  • CBD may alter action on metabolic enzymes (certain drug-transport mechanisms), and as such may alter interactions with other drugs, some of which may produce therapeutic or adverse effects. For instance, CBD interacts with the enzyme cytochrome P450 3A4 and cytochrome P450 2C19, increasing the bioavailability of anti-epileptic drugs such as clobazam (a benzodiazepine). This makes it possible to achieve the same results at significantly lower dosages, reducing treatment costs and risks of adverse effects. 
  • Groups of drugs affected include: anti-epileptic drugs, psychiatric drugs, and drugs affecting metabolic enzymes, for example.
  • Clinical observations suggest no likely interactions with other pharmaceuticals at a total daily dose of up to 100mg CBD

Dosing Considerations

THC Dosage Considerations

  • THC micro dose:  0.1 mg to 0.4 mg
  • THC low dose:  0.5 mg to 5 mg
  • THC medium dose:  6 mg to 20 mg
  • THC high dose:  21 mg to 50+ mg

CBD Dosage Considerations

  • CBD low dose:  0.4 mg to 19 mg
  • CBD medium dose: 20 mg to 99 mg
  • CBD high dose:  100 mg to 800+ mg (upper limits tested ~1,500mg)

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