Epilepsy currently affects almost 3.5 million people in the United States. That is more than Autism, Parkinson’s, and Cerebral Palsy combined. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), epilepsy is the most common serious neurological disorder affecting people from all walks of life, regardless of age, sex, race, or nationality.
Despite it being the most common neurological disorder, epilepsy gets a fraction of the attention other neurological disorders usually do. This point is further illustrated by the fact that epilepsy only receives one-tenth the research funding of the other common neurological disorders!
This lack of awareness and attention is exactly why National Epilepsy Awareness Month (NEAM) is being celebrated throughout the whole month of November. NEAM seeks to change the conversation around seizures to bring more attention to epilepsy in an attempt to increase research funding and find a cure.
What is Epilepsy?
Epilepsy affects the central nervous system causing abnormal brain activity. Symptoms of epilepsy can vary, though it is often characterized by seizures, unusual behavior or sensations, and in some cases loss of awareness. The most serious and common symptom of epilepsy is recurring seizures which range from mild to severe.
Why Green Roads Cares
For decades, epileptic patients and their families have used CBD to treat symptoms associated with the disease. Recently, the first CBD-based product for epileptic seizures was approved by the FDA proving that CBD for epilepsy has the potential to be an effective alternative to help patients cope with symptoms related to the condition.
Users report that CBD’s therapeutic properties calm the mind thus helping to reduce the severity of epileptic episodes that are caused by abnormal brain activity. CBD interacts directly with the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS) which plays a significant role in regulating various nervous system functions. By interacting with ECS receptors in the brain, CBD may be able to not only decrease the severity of seizures but also the frequency at which they occur.
Patients are also trying CBD because CBD for epilepsy produces no side effects, unlike most prescription anti-convulsants. CBD’s properties are entirely therapeutical since it does not produce any of the mind-altering effects associated with hemp.
Make a Difference
Green Roads is proud to offer high-quality CBD products that may help epileptic patients, but we also dream of the day epilepsy is no longer a threat to millions of adults and children nationwide. Fortunately, a great many people are doing great work to find a cure and end epilepsy, and you can help them reach that goal. To find out how you can get involved, click here.