MEDICAL CONDITIONS

CBD for Epilepsy

CBD effect in epilepsy
Written by Stefan K.

What do Julius Caesar, Alexander the Great, Alfred Nobel and Agatha Christie have in common? They all suffered from epilepsy. Forms of this illness were historically known by names such as grand mal and petit mal,  and it is only considered to be epilepsy once at least two seizure episodes have taken place.

Following in-depth studies, experts have come to the conclusion that an epileptic seizure is usually the result of the unpredictable and synchronised firing of nerve cells in the brain. During a seizure, this neuronal firing can lead to involuntary behavioural and psychological disorders which are clearly symptomatic (poor concentration or feelings of numbness).

Chance: Cannabis oil for epilepsy

According to many reports, in the case of epilepsy, CBD can make it considerably easier for sufferers to cope with everyday life. Therefore, it is great that you can get information about cannabis oils for epilepsy through the internet today. Important: Take a close look. There are oils for sale over the counter and prescription oils.

It has been reported that CBD is not only an effective anti-convulsant during seizures, but also that patients who take CBD before a seizure occurs find that it is effective in seizure prevention. The use of CBD is also believed to reduce the incidence of epileptic seizures.

Causes of epilepsy

Both in severe cases of epilepsy, where seizures occur frequently, and in those cases where seizures “only” occur occasionally, there is unfortunately a great range of possible causal or aggravating factors. Those cases where seizures occur frequently are referred to as symptomatic epilepsy, whilst those where seizures are infrequent are referred to as occasional seizures.

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Brains are complex

Examples of the causes of symptomatic epilepsy include

  • Brain damage occurring during birth
  • Brain tumours
  • Traumatic brain injuries resulting from accidents
  • Infections of the brain (herpes, measles, hepatitis C, Lyme disease…)
  • Malformation of the brain tissue
  • Metabolic diseases such as haemochromatosis

Occasional seizures are often caused by temporary phenomena and disappear once these phenomena have subsided. These include

  • febrile seizures (fever fits), especially in the case of children
  • flickering light, such as that produced by strobes
  • prolonged sleep deprivation
  • low blood sugar
  • drugs (cocaine, ketamine, alcohol etc.)
  • psychiatric medication

In everyday life, the avoidance of all factors which can cause epilepsy is often unrealistic. This is especially the case at present, given that the experts believe that not all causes have yet been identified.

How conventional epilepsy medication works

Ideally, epilepsy medication should have a preventative effect, stopping seizures from happening in the first place.

Antiepileptic drugs work by suppressing the causes described above, i.e. by reducing the overactivity of certain nerve cells in the brain. These kinds of medication is not intended for the purpose of healing epilepsy. Their mode of action is “merely” aimed at reducing the risk of seizures.

The side effects of prescribed antiepileptic drugs can unfortunately be quite unpleasant. In mild cases of epilepsy, medical experts also advise against taking any medication due to the side effects. If you are unsure about whether you wish to accept these undesired side effects, you should always consult a specialist.

CBD Oil for Epilepsy – Effects & Usage

In experience reports, which are almost entirely positive, patients describe CBD, which is not psychoactive, as having antispasmodic and, above all, relaxing effects. The non-psychoactive nature of the CBD in particular is regarded as the basis for its positive influence on this medical conditions.

Cannabidiol, which is used to treat various forms of epilepsy, can be taken in a variety of different ways. The active substance can be found in the form of

According to a recent study[1] CBD reduces the frequency of seizures in epilepsy. The ancient Chinese and the peoples of the Middle East already knew about the positive effects of cannabis thousands of years ago.

Modern cannabis varieties, which contain a high proportion of CBD and a hardly measurable proportion of THC, have an astonishing effect on those who suffer from seizures. A particularly well-known case is that of “Charlotte Figi“. This girl suffered from Dravet syndrome and was often plagued by up to 300 seizures per week. By 2011, the Stanley brothers had developed a marijuana variety containing very high levels of CBD. Charlotte started to take it, and the number of attacks she suffered dropped to three per week. From then on, this special variety of marijuana has been called “Charlotte’s Web”  and has helped many epileptics since that time.

According to experts, the chemical compound CBD shows promise of being of use in the treatment of refractory epilepsy. In such cases, CBD reduces the frequency of seizures. This effect appears to be best achieved by using CBD oil. The rapid uptake of CBD via the oral mucosa when taken in this form seems to be one of the decisive factors here.

Special forms of epilepsy – CBD as epilepsy medication

At this point, a specific form of epilepsy ought to be mentioned. In addition to “classic” epilepsy, which will torture the body of those affected without the slightest warning, there is also a form which has an “aura”.

Aura is a general term used to describe a non-specific feeling that a seizure is about to happen. The epileptic fit is detected before it actually happens. In those suffering from epilepsy, an aura can be the preliminary stage of a seizure. The epileptic activation of nerve cells in the brain is an important warning signal and invaluable for localisation diagnostics. It has great significance in the identification of the focus of a seizure.

When it comes to the interaction between CBD and epilepsy, the aura is of particular interest. The preventive anticonvulsant properties of CBD may, in certain cases, ensure that the aura remains the only symptom of a seizure.

Dosages and experiences

A perfect CBD oil dosage for epileptic seizures does not exist. Every person is different. Therefore, one cannot say: Take five drops of CBD for epilepsy! Such statements are not reliable.

Therefore, please have a look at the guidebook article “CBD dosage” and the reviews on our independent platform.

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Outlook and ongoing studies of CBD and epilepsy

At present, several clinical studies have been commissioned to demonstrate justifiable confidence in the effects of CBD on those with epilepsy. If these studies are successful, they will show that there is a method of curing and controlling epileptic seizures using CBD which is healthier and more effective than existing therapeutic approaches.

Conclusion

  • In studies, the use of CBD for epilepsy has already demonstrated great success.
  • Increasing numbers of people are therefore starting to use cannabidiol on a regular basis.

FAQs

  1. How does CBD work for epilepsy?

    The CBD works via the body’s own endo-cannabinoid system. Receptors are addressed and neuronal processes begin.

  2. Is smoking pot recommended for epilepsy?

    No. If you wish to use cannabis medically for epilepsy, consult your doctor. Ask your doctor to prescribe a therapy.

[1]https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7413719 – 31.07.2019

Further Studies

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24237632

http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v13/n257/a05.html?1126

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22696383

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25282526

http://pubs.acs.org/doi/pdf/10.1021/cn5000524

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7413719

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21441624

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25346637

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25346628

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=Cannabidiol%3A+Pharmacology+and+potential+therapeutic+role+in+epilepsy+and+other+neuropsychiatric+disorders

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=From+the+Editors%3A+Cannabidiol+and+medical+marijuana+for+the+treatment+of+epilepsy

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3840466/pdf/peerj-01-214.pdf

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22520455

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19906779

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7028792

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/6975285

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/850145

https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs12031-015-0703-6

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28087250

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28190698

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28392943

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28367124

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28454984

Taking products containing cannabinoids may result in interactions with various medications. If you are already taking medication, the use of CBD and other cannabinoids should be discussed with your doctor beforehand.

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About the author

Stefan K.

Stefan K.

Stefan is not only a valuable part of the CannaTrust magazine but also convinces with his sound knowledge about the effects of cannabinoids. As an author in Austria he gathered valuable experiences when writing for 'Stadtblatt Salzburg'. He got in contact with cannabis through several positive media reports. Nowadays he writes about everything around the most popular cannabinoid these days: CBD.