Cannabis Oil Can Treat Epilepsy
Good news about how cannabis oil can treat epilepsy is spreading. More epileptic patients and their families are turning to cannabis oil as an alternative therapy to deal with seizures and their symptoms and side effects. This neurological disorder is a chronic disease which is usually treated using heavy pharmaceutical drugs. With cannabis oil, you do not have to feel so ill while treating seizures and the side effects that go with having epilepsy.
What are Seizures and Why do People Get Them?
The seizures are caused by some kind of unrestrained electrical activity in the brain which then results in convulsions, troubled thoughts and disorientation. Epilepsy is thought to be a genetic disorder but can also be caused by trauma, head injury or tumours of the brain. Many seizures are idiopathic which means no one knows why they happen and many children are diagnosed with epilepsy every year. This interrupts their lives and they are unable to live fulfilled childhoods when seizures interrupt their days and they have to take chronic medication which then has negative impacts on their health.
CBD and THC are Healing Cannabinoids
Research into the use of cannabis oil to treat epilepsy is ongoing and it appears that cannabinoids in the cannabis plant are able to assist people who have seizures. Cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) are two main chemical compounds in the cannabis that have immense health benefits. Medical cannabis is mainly the use of CBD some THC and a blend of the two cannabinoids. THC is known to be psychoactive so would not be a good treatment for a neurological disorder like epilepsy. But CBD is a wonderful panacea for mind and body and when it is blended with THC it mitigates the psychoactivity of that compound.
Studies have shown that CBD helps patients suffering from Lennox-Gastaut symdrome, a chronic form of epilepsy that is lifelong and includes low muscle tone. Patients experience numerous seizures daily and have mental impairments as a result. When they took cannabis oil infused with CBD, patients experienced fewer seizures. But the use of cannabis oil to treat epilepsy still needs more research. Doctor used a pharmaceutical variation of CBD, not medical cannabis for this study. CBD is a good therapy for children who have epilepsy as it is non-psychoactive and does not have any damaging side effects.
CBD Cannabis Oil Works With the Endocannabinoid System
The CBD works with the body’s innate endocannabinoid system to stop convulsions. The endocannabinoid system regulates the homeostasis in the body (healthy balance of immune system, moods, metabolism and more) and it does this by managing the action of neurotransmitters by sending messages to neurons to increase or decrease their activity. Seizures happen when neurotransmitters are over-active and the endocannabinoid system must then regulate this back to a balanced state. Chronic seizures happen as a result of a compromised endocannabinoid system which is out of balance and the body has low immunity. Analysis of human epileptic brain tissues has revealed that there were decreased levels of endocannabinoids in the tissue and cerebrospinal fluid, as well as fewer cannabinoid receptors and healthy cells.
When someone has epilepsy and you give them cannabis oil, this is what happens:
- The CBD overwhlems the activity of glutamate which cause neurons to become agitated
- CBD is a known anti-inflammatory so reduces the inflammation in the brain associated with seizures
- CBD helps increase endocannabinoid levels which helps the body to have optimum immunity and a healthy balance
- CBD copies the way endocannabinoids by controlling the flow of good ions such as calcium and potassium and so reducing the agitation of neurons
CBD-infused cannabis oil can be used to treat epilepsy as it also assists with insomnia, stress, anxiety, depression and moods. People who have epilepsy feel calmer, with better motor skills and improved social interaction – as well as fewer seizures!