CBD for epilepsy

August 30, 2018
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Recently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved its first ever cannabis-based medicine,Epidolex.It is the pharmaceutical formulation of highly-purified, plant-derived cannabidiol (CBD). It is expected to be available to patients by September. The question then arises, “How effective is CBD for epilepsy treatment?” Let’s find out!



What is epilepsy?

Epilepsy is a chronicneurological disorder of the brain that affects people worldwide. Every function in the human body is triggered by the messaging systems in our brain. Epilepsy occurs when this system is disrupted due to faulty electrical activity.The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that epilepsy affects 50 million people worldwide.

Unfortunately, there is currently no cure for most types of epilepsy. However, surgery can stop some kinds of seizure from occurring, and in many cases, the condition can be managed.Generally, doctors will prescribe seizure-preventing drugs or anti-epileptic drugs.It can take months, if not years, to figure out the right drug and dosage for a patient.

 



CBD for epilepsy

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CBD, or cannabidiol, is one of at least 113 active cannabinoids in cannabis. It has gained notoriety over the years due to its extensive medical benefits.Moreover, CBD has been documented as a cure of epilepsy numerous times in the recent years. Although there is a huge amount of anecdotal evidence scattered over the internet, it’s not conclusive.So, let’s take a look at more reliable scientific studies:

In three clinical trials done by Evercore that covered 516 patients with epilepsy, Epidiolex plus other antiepileptic medications effectively reduced the frequency of seizures. Furthermore, a 2017 study involving 120 children and teenagers withDravet Syndrome (a rare genetic epileptic disorder) tested the effectivity of CBD oil. It was found that children that were given CBD experienced 5.9 seizures per month, a substantial reduction from 12.4 seizures.

Another 2017 studyexamined the efficacy of CBD in treating Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome. The researchers used pure CBD oil. 86% of patients reported a 50 percent reduction in motor seizures, while more than half of patients reported a 75% decrease in overall seizures.Additionally, 13% of patients experienced a total remission of seizures. Importantly, in this study the participants didn’t experience any negative side effects.

 

Last toke:

The studies and the anecdotal evidence clearly indicate the effectiveness of CBD for epilepsy. Nearly 12 million epilepsy patients reside in India, out of these, almost 95% don’t receive the appropriate treatment. Even with the recent developments overseas, India is yet to rethink its stance on cannabis. Cannabis could be a cheaper, more effective and easily accessible treatment to epilepsy, a life saver for many.

So, if you believe people should be able to use cannabis and CBD for seizure control, please share this article.

 

Source: Green-Flower

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