CBD & Epilepsy

Weed and Hemp, both have been utilized by mankind for centuries. From the ancient Chinese civilizations to the indigenous tribes of Africa, cannabis has remained an integral part of human civilization throughout history. Apart from its medicinal and therapeutic benefits, Cannabis has also been used by monks to meditate and seek spiritual enlightenment. 

This leads us to only one conclusion. There must be something very interesting about this plant that it has had so many fans from different races in different geographical locations across the globe. 

At Bidibud, we are in a constant pursuit to bring you the most authentic, credible and reliable CBD information that is verified by experts and is not misleading in any way. We envision a healthier life through CBD for all those who are struggling with various physical and mental conditions. Our ultimate aim is to help you make an informed decision with an organic solution for the situation you’re in. 

Today, we’ve compiled insightful information on the research that has been conducted on treating Epilepsy and seizures through CBD. Before we dive into what Epilepsy is and what are the symptoms that need to be kept in mind before looking towards CBD as a potential treatment option, let’s take a brief look at what CBD is and how it works. 

CBD: An Overview

CBD is being hailed as a miraculous cannabinoid with so many medicinal benefits that it is getting hard to keep up with progress and advancements in the CBD space. CBD which is an acronym for Cannabidiol is one of the most infamous cannabinoids of the 21st century that is revolutionizing the health and wellness industry.

CBD is found in the plants of both, Cannabis Sativa and Cannabis Indica. It is, although, found in higher quantities in Hemp (a type of Cannabis Sativa) which is also naturally low in THC as compared to Marijuana and Cannabis Indica.

This is precisely why most of the CBD producers source their CBD from hemp. Cannabidiol is one of the most widely researched cannabinoids after THC and is among 113+ other known cannabinoids found in Cannabis. THC is the psychoactive, addicting compound in marijuana which gets you “high”. 

Epilepsy: An Overview

Epilepsy is a central nervous system (neurological) disorder in which the brain activity becomes abnormal, causing seizures or periods of unusual behavior, sensations, and sometimes loss of awareness.

Epilepsy can affect anyone and at any age, is mostly genetic but can also result from a brain injury. However, more than often, the cause for it is unknown. Epilepsy affects numerous males and females annually in all parts of the world. 

There are different types of epilepsies with different but very interrelated symptoms. The most common and most severe one is a seizure. Seizures, too, are different for everybody. Some people with epilepsy simply stare blankly for a few seconds during a seizure, while others repeatedly twitch their arms or legs.

Some fall down and experience convulsions and some bite their tongues or have stiff muscles. Having a single seizure though, does not mean you have epilepsy. You are officially diagnosed with epilepsy when you have had two or more seizures with no underlying reason or medical condition behind them, such as alcohol withdrawal or low blood sugar.

Treatment with medications or sometimes surgery can control seizures for the majority of people with epilepsy. Some people require lifelong treatment to control seizures while for others, the seizures eventually go away. Some children with epilepsy may outgrow the condition with age.

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When to See a Doctor

When you need to see a doctor

Seek immediate medical help if any of the following occurs:

  • The seizure lasts more than five minutes.
  • Breathing or consciousness doesn’t return after the seizure stops.
  • A second seizure follows immediately.
  • You have a high fever.
  • You are experiencing heat exhaustion.
  • You are pregnant.
  • You have diabetes.
  • You have injured yourself during the seizure.

Causes

Epilepsy has no identifiable cause in about half the people with the condition. In the other half, the condition may be traced to various factors, including:

Genetic influence: Some types of epilepsies, which are categorized by the type of seizure you experience or the part of the brain that is affected, run in families. In these cases, it is likely that there is a genetic influence.

Researchers have linked some types of epilepsy to specific genes, but for most people, genes are only part of the cause of epilepsy. It is also possible that certain genes may make a normal person more sensitive to environmental conditions that trigger seizures.

Head trauma: Head trauma as a result of a car accident or some other injury can cause epilepsy.

Brain conditions:  Brain conditions that cause damage to the brain, such as brain tumors or strokes, can cause epilepsy. Stroke is a leading cause of epilepsy in adults older than age 35.

Infectious diseases: Infectious diseases, such as meningitis, AIDS and viral encephalitis, can cause epilepsy.

Prenatal injury: Babies are susceptible to brain damage before birth that could be caused by several factors, such as an infection in the mother, poor nutrition or oxygen deficiencies. This brain damage can result in epilepsy or cerebral palsy.

Developmental disorders: Epilepsy can sometimes be associated with developmental disorders, such as autism and neurofibromatosis.

Symptoms of Epilepsy 

Symptoms of Epilepsy

Epilepsy is caused by abnormal activity in the brain, therefore seizures can affect any coordination process that the brain executes. Seizure signs and symptoms may include:

  1. A staring spell
  2. Temporary confusion
  3. Uncontrollable jerking movements and loss of control on muscles of arms legs or face
  4. Loss of consciousness or awareness and orientation
  5. Psychic symptoms such as anxiety, fear, deja vu 
  6. Loss of Bladder and/or Bowel Control
  7. Strange sensations or emotions

Symptoms vary depending on the type of seizures experienced. In most cases, individuals may tend to have the same seizure each time so the symptoms will appear to be similar from episode to episode. 

What Does Research Say About CBD & Epilepsy? 

Discovered back in the day, amidst the second world war in 1940, a lot of research has been conducted by researchers, chemists and pharmacologists on CBD. Despite the stigma revolving around cannabis for years, we have been lucky enough to witness a steady growth in the CBD industry during the 21st century and a big boost in this decade.

Clinical trials have been conducted on drug resistant Epilepsy patients, you will find that there is a substantial amount of research available on the web for public access. Research and clinical trials both suggest Cannabidiol as a promising candidate for curing epilepsy and controlling seizures due to its neuroprotective ability which is also being studied for curing other mental diseases.

And also, it doesn’t end here. The anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties coupled with antipsychotic and ant seizure properties, thus only enhance the effects of CBD.

We understand that a great number of epilepsy patients are children and the great news is that it is believed to work on children above the age of one as well. 

According to an experimental study on patients of epilepsy, the frequency of seizures decreases substantially after 14 weeks of treatment with CBD. These patients experienced tonic-clonic, clonic and atonic seizures. Majority of similar studies have also indicated the same result. 

CBD has proved its metal particularly in the treatment of two types of epilepsy syndromes. The Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome and the Dravet Syndrome both exhibit symptoms that include seizures and are therefore classified as different syndromes of epilepsy. CBD aims to treat patients with these syndromes who are above two years of age.

How Effective Is CBD In The Treatment of Epilepsy?

CBD In The Treatment of Epilepsy

CBD Medications for Epilepsy 

CBD medications are available in pharmacies and dispensaries on prescription. The FDA (Food and Drug Authority) in the US approved the drugs Epidiolex and Sativex for use by the public back in 2018 when the Farm Bill 2018 was passed. Hemp was declassified as a control substance with immediate effect paving the way for the CBD industry to take flight.

If we talk about the United Kingdom; there is only one medicine containing pure CBD (Cannabidiol) that is available on prescription to be used in treatment for Epilepsy and Seizures, called Epidyolex. It is the same drug that has been approved by the FDA in the United States but has slightly different spellings in the UK. 

Epidyolex is available on the NHS (National Health Services), which is a regulating body in the United Kingdom. Bear in mind Epidyolex is only recommended in severe cases of epilepsy that are extremely hard to treat such as the Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome and Dravet Syndrome. 

Note: Be advised that this blog is for general informational purpose only. Always consult a healthcare professional or a certified practitioner before making decisions about your health. CBD since, is still in its experimental stages, cannot be administered for serious conditions such as epilepsy without professional advice. 

I am a 34-year-old father of three that lives in Sweden. I´ve changed my life with the help of CBD and I have a profound interest in the research surrounding CBD. You can read more about me here.

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