Cannabidiol for Epilepsy- How does it Help?

Cannabidiol for Epilepsy

     

Epilepsy is a neurological disease with recurrent uncontrolled seizures. According to the World Health Organization, over 50 million people globally are suffering from this disease irrespective of their age, race, and background.

The underlying cause of epilepsy is still unknown, but for a majority of the cases, various factors can influence this condition. These include:

Genetic influence

Head injuries in accidents

Brain tumors or strokes

Brain damage or injury at birth like oxygen deficiency, poor nutrition, or an infection

Conditions like autism, neurofibromatosis, or abnormal blood sugar or sodium level

High fever

Epilepsy is a nerve disorder that affects the brain to trigger abnormal conditions like seizures, sensations, and behavioral changes. Seizures can involve loss of awareness, jerking of the

body, unresponsiveness, loss of control over the body, and sometimes psychological manifestations of fear or anxiety.

     

CBD and Epilepsy

Cannabidiol or CBD is a nonpsychoactive essential component that is found in Cannabis plants. Among around 120 components present in the Cannabis plant, CBD is one of the primary compounds. A study reveals that CBD has potential health benefits in acute diseases like diabetes, cancer, heart problems, etc. It also exhibits ease in several physical and psychological problems like anxiety, stress, chronic pain, insomnia, epilepsy, and others. For its vast medical and therapeutic applications, CBD is the current point of focus for advanced scientific research.

The underlying health benefits of CBD lies in the fact that it stimulates the Endocannabinoid System (ECS) of the body. ECS is responsible for modulating and regulating various functioning of the organs. It promotes homeostasis, that is, equilibrium to maintain the physiological processes of the body.

With the escalation in CBD usage, there is a rise in the production, manufacturing, and trading of

CBD products. The products can range from oil, capsules, vapes, to more flavorful edibles. The legalization of Cannabis use in many countries also stimulates the uprising of weed for sale through various online platforms. Certificates of third party testing, organically produced crops, and safe procurement methods make these products worthy of consumer use.

Study on efficacy of CBD in Epilepsy

A 2018 study shows that there is a decrease in the persistent seizures in patients with acute epilepsy that hit in childhood like LennoxGastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome, who are otherwise unresponsive to other antiepileptic drugs.

A 2019 study shows that CBD is highly efficacious and safe with accompaniment to other antiepileptic drugs for the treatment with negligible side effects.

Another recent article shows that CBD reduces the effect of seizures and abnormalities in animal models suffering from Angelman Syndrome (AS). This is a nerve-related disorder that can generate epilepsy and associated seizures as one of its characteristics. With anti-seizure properties, CBD could also alleviate the severe effects of epilepsy in children and adults suffering from AS.

The result of all scientific research is the development of Epidiolex, which is a CBD based drug for treating rare forms of epilepsy and seizures.

Benefits of CBD in Epilepsy

CBD can show several beneficial results on epileptic seizures and their symptoms.

The pharmaceutical-grade CBD has anti-seizure properties that positively affect all epilepsy patients.

With anti-anxiety and antidepressant properties, CBD may relieve these common symptoms of epilepsy.

CBD from hash being a neuroprotective drug, may help in better brain functioning.

Being all-natural, CBD has no severe side-effects that make it a safe drug to use.

CBD is anti-inflammatory and can alleviate the chronic pain that is associated with any accidental injury during seizures.

Can CBD replace conventional medications for curing Epilepsy?

Conventional medicines, also known as antiepileptic drugs (AEDs), fail to suppress complete seizures in almost 50 percent of patients. These drugs also have many adverse effects ranging

from impairment to deaths. Therefore, considering CBD as one of the effective treatment methods is reasonable.

But it should be administered after considering all other modes of treatments like therapies or surgery and under the supervision of a medical practitioner. It should also be taken into account that CBD can not cure epilepsy but may reduce the several symptoms related to it.

Adverse effects of CBD in patients

The most common type of side-effects of epilepsy includes drowsiness, fatigue, diarrhea, liver problems, insomnia, and appetite loss. CBD does not show any acute and unfavorable side-effects in the body.

Conclusion

CBD is undoubtedly a natural treatment for epilepsy. It may work wonders with drug-resistant epilepsy and its symptoms. Although a good number of patients may show improvement by taking CBD, a few also exhibit various innocuous side-effects.

These side-effects can be controlled by administering the recommended dosage, as mentioned. It is also worth noting that CBD can show promising effects on complex forms of epilepsy, but it is no cure for the same. Thorough research is necessary to draw the full potential of CBD for curing epilepsy.

Until then, CBD can enhance the quality of many lives by alleviating the symptoms of epilepsy.

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