The application of CBD and medical cannabis for epilepsy is one of the most exciting developments in the last 50 years of medicine.
The current popularity of CBD for epilepsy can be attributed to the 3 part “WEED” special report by Sanjay Gupta. You can watch all three parts here: https://tinyurl.com/mx7om9b
While CBD is not a cure for epilepsy, it has shown to be a non-psychoactive, anticonvulsant agent for reducing seizures and allowing patients to decrease their anti-epileptic drugs. By decreasing their doses of anti-epileptic drugs, patients can liberate themselves from the nasty side effects often brought on by these drugs.
CBD is thought to stop seizures in 4 main ways:
1. CBD increases levels of our endocannabinoids by interfering with their degradation. The increased level of endocannabinoids helps our endocannabinoid system perform its function of maintaining balance in the body.
2. CBD reduces the excitability of neurons by modulating the flow of ions like calcium and potassium. Endocannabinoids are neuro-modulators and in this way, CBD mimics their activity.
3. CBD suppresses glutamate activity. Glutamate causes neuronal excitation.
4. CBD is a potent anti-inflammatory agent. CBD reduces inflammation of the brain (neuroinflammation). Brain inflammation is thought to make seizures worse.
People with epilepsy should only add CBD to their medication regimen under the supervision of a doctor as CBD can interact with their existing medications.
It’s important to keep in mind that CBD is not a cure-all for epilepsy. There are some children who do not respond well to CBD treatment and it does not work for everybody. Side effects, although usually not a problem with CBD, are possible. Due to the severity of epilepsy, CBD should only be used under medical supervision, especially if CBD is being used on a child with epilepsy.
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