The increased awareness of CBD really began with the popularity in success stories that began popping up all over the news and social media, sharing the holistic benefits of CBD, and hemp in general. However, epilepsy is still today the condition that most users seek assistance with.
What is Epilepsy?
According to scientists, epilepsy is a neurological condition in which a person experiences sudden recurrent episodes of sensory disturbance, loss of consciousness or convulsions, associated with electrical activity in the brain. The most common type of epileptic seizure is the tonic-clonic seizure, it can cause be both convulsive or nonconvulsive.
However, both convulsive and nonconvulsive epileptic seizures are caused by excessive neuronal activity in the brain. If the seizure is considerably long, brain tissue can be damaged, particularly in adolescents when the brain is still developing.
Symptoms of Epilepsy
- Fainting or Fatigue
- Muscle contractions or muscle spasms
- Feeling “pins and needles”
- Amnesia or mental confusion
- Depression or fear
Does it behave like an Anti-Convulsant?
60 to 70% of epileptic seizures are convulsive and can lead to rapid muscle spasms and pain. This results in sudden jerks and immobility.
Consroe P published in the NCBI a journal that suggests that “CBD was an effective and relatively potent anticonvulsant in both maximal electroshock and audiogenic seizure tests. The anticonvulsant potency of phenytoin was significantly increased when combined with phenobarbital, CBD and phenobarbital plus CBD. Additionally, CBD reliably reduced the anticonvulsant potencies of chlordiazepoxide, clonazepam, trimethadione, and ethosuximide. These data indicate that CBD is an effective anticonvulsant with a specificity more comparable to drugs clinically effective in major than minor seizures. Furthermore, it appears that CBD enhances the anticonvulsant effects of the former and reduces the effects of the latter types of antiepileptic drugs.”
CBD as a Neuroprotectant
Some studies show that epilepsy can be caused by the deficiency of the endocannabinoid system. An imbalance in cannabinoids could be caused by a cerebral injury, infection or genetic predisposition. A healthy endocannabinoid system, however, can greatly lower the chances of being affected by these conditions.
30% of people with epilepsy switch to an alternative method of medication when their conventional treatments are ineffective. This should only be considered, however, after a thorough checkup and after standard medications have been reasonably tried.