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Overview - Viral and Prion Infections of the CNS

Description of Viral and Prion Infections of the CNS

Prions are misfolded (mal-shaped) proteins. Scientists consider prions to be infectious proteins responsible for Creutzfeldt-Jacob disease in humans, bovine spongiform encephalopathy (mad cow disease) in cows, and scrapie in sheep. Currently, all prion diseases are fatal. Prion diseases primarily affect the brain and central nervous system. The exact cause or mechanism by which prions misfold in the first place and how people acquire prion diseases remains the subject of ongoing debate and analysis. Some current findings focus on ingestion of prion-contaminated meat. It is thought that when a prion enters the organism it is able to alter the signals that produce newly formed proteins. The newly generated proteins fold into unhealthy shapes. While normally the body's own enzyme, protease, can digest old or diseased proteins, prions are resistant to the enzyme. These protease-resistant prion protein accumulations in the central nervous system are implicated in neuropathogenesis and prion infectivity. Once symptoms appear, degeneration is exponential. Most patients die within a year after the onset of symptoms.

Disease Classification

Condition: CNS Viral Infections
Disease Family: Infectious Disease (Prions)
Organ System: Nervous System
ICD-10 Chapter: Certain Infectious and Parasitic Diseases
ICD-10 Code: A81

Viral and Prion Infections of the CNS Symptoms:

Pain with swelling and redness, cognitive dysfunction (e.g. confusion, forgetfulness), behavioral difficulties (e.g. apathy, irritability), muscle twitching, ataxia (wobbly gait), loss of coordination, seizures

Also known as:

TSE, Prion Disease, Creutzfeldt Jakob disease, Subacute sclerosing panencephalitis, Progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy

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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