Epilepsy is one of the most common neurological diseases worldwide, and about 50 million people suffer from epilepsy. Epilepsy is a neurological disorder that causes seizures and can affect people in very different ways. This is because there are many causes and many different kinds of seizures. Some people with epilepsy also have underlying medical conditions in addition to epilepsy which is a factor in determining the severity of the seizures and the impact the disorder has on their daily life. Research on cannabidiol, or CBD, has shown that it can potentially help control seizures. In fact, a number of studies have demonstrated the benefits of CBD products in treating people with epilepsy who have not responded to traditional therapies.
Charlotte Figi, a child with catastrophic epilepsy, recently passed away at the age of 13. Charlotte became a symbol for the possibilities of medical CBD to treat seizures. After she started taking CBD oil, there was a drastic decrease in the number of seizures she experienced.
Symptoms of Epilepsy
There is currently no cure for most types of epilepsy. Your doctor and medical team’s goal is generally to prevent seizures from happening and prevent the side effects so that patients who suffer from epilepsy can enjoy an active life.
The main symptom of epilepsy is recurring seizures. However, many people who might suffer from epilepsy have not been diagnosed and may be hard to diagnose in toddlers. You should talk to your doctor if you or a loved one suffer from any of the following symptoms:
· Short blackouts and spells of confusion
· Fainting spells during which you lose control of your bladder or bowels
· Sudden bouts of blinking, chewing, or repetitive movements with no apparent reason
· Changes in the senses
· Convulsions without a fever
· Sudden stiffness or falling for no apparent reason
· Panic, anger, or fearfulness for no apparent reason
· Spells of being dazed, confused, and unable to communicate
· Jerking arms and legs
Cannabis Treatment for Epilepsy
In 2018, the FDA approved a prescription called Epidiolex for the treatment of seizures in two types of treatment-resistant epilepsy: Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome. This is a landmark as it is the first drug that contains a purified substance derived from marijuana.
Epileptic seizures are caused by erratic electrical activity in the brain. Most anti-seizure drugs work by slowing down this excitatory nerve activity. Marijuana seizure treatment may help these difficult-to-control seizures. Epidiolex comes in liquid form as an oral solution. The dosing is based on weight and can be taken at a higher dose if needed. Always talk to a doctor before increasing dosing as there may be increased side effects at a higher dose.
There are many CBD products available over the counter that can be taken for seizure control, however, Epidiolex is the only prescription to date that has been approved by the FDA. When purchasing CBD, it’s always important to only purchase from a trusted dispensary and to follow dosing instructions on the packaging. Remember, although CBD is derived from a compound in the cannabis plant, it does not produce a high that is commonly associated with marijuana.
Seizures can be difficult to control and have a profound impact on the quality of life of those who suffer from epilepsy. This epilepsy treatment provides a way of caring for people with this condition.
The content in these blogs is not meant to be taken as medical advice or used as a substitute for speaking with a doctor. Always consult with a doctor if you have any questions or concerns or to make sure taking cannabis is safe for you.