Cannabis oil for epilepsy is increasingly the therapy of choice. Parents are educating themselves about using cannabis oil to treat children with epilepsy. A gentle, natural alternative to harsh drugs with damaging side effects.
What is Epilepsy?
Epilepsy is a neurological condition resulting in seizures which can recur on a frequent basis. Epilepsy can affect people in varying degrees of severity, but some patients suffer from uncontrollable seizures. Epilepsy is a condition that can cause life-long suffering, seriously affecting one’s ability to lead a normal life.
But with the correct treatment, there is hope. The seizures are caused by some kind of unrestrained electrical activity in the brain which then results in convulsions, troubled thoughts and disorientation. Epilepsy is thought to be a genetic disorder but can also be caused by trauma, head injury or tumours of the brain.
Many seizures are idiopathic which means no one knows why they happen and many children are diagnosed with epilepsy every year. This interrupts their lives and they are unable to live fulfilled childhoods – they must take chronic medication which then has negative impacts on their health.
Cannabis Oil for Epilepsy
Cannabinoids like cannabidiol (CBD) have a positive effect on epilepsy:
- The CBD overwhelms the activity of glutamate which cause neurons to become agitated
- CBD is a known anti-inflammatory so reduces the inflammation in the brain associated with seizures
- CBD helps increase endocannabinoid levels which helps the body to have optimum immunity and a healthy balance
- CBD copies the way endocannabinoids by controlling the flow of good ions such as calcium and potassium and so reducing the agitation of neurons
CBD-infused cannabis oil can be used to treat epilepsy as it also assists with insomnia, stress, anxiety, depression and moods. People who have epilepsy feel calmer, with better motor skills and improved social interaction – as well as fewer seizures! Cannabis oil contains anti-convulsant properties and is a natural muscle relaxant.
How Does Cannabis Oil Affect Epilepsy Seizures?
Cannabis oil comprises mainly tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) or a combination of the two. CBD oil is more freely available than THC because it has no harmful side effects. Doctors and researchers are seeing now how CBD has a powerful healing effect on epilepsy. THC is still considered a drug in many countries and is illegal – it is psychoactive and has been abused for hundreds of years.
According to The Conversation, the USA now has a drug containing CBD that treats epilepsy. CBD has been found to benefit Dravet syndrome and Lennox Gastaut syndrome, types of epilepsy. Children benefit from CBD as it works fast and has no harsh side effects. More USA doctors want to be able to prescribe CBD for epilepsy seizures. They have seen how it benefits seizure patients: CBD reduces the intensity and frequency of seizures. It allows an improved quality of life. CBD also improves sleep patterns, anxiety and depression.
Many epilepsy patients suffer from the side effects of pharmaceutical epilepsy medications. CBD works to reduce seizures and their intensity but it still does not cure the disease. It is far better for the patient to enjoy a better quality of life than have to endure ongoing, debilitating seizures.
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