Epilepsy is a neurological condition resulting in seizures which can recur on a frequent basis. Epilepsy can affect people in varying degrees of severity, but some patients suffer from uncontrollable seizures. Epilepsy is a condition that can cause life-long suffering, seriously affecting one’s ability to lead a normal life. But with the correct treatment, there is hope. 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 – they must take chronic medication which then has negative impacts on their health.
How Can Cannabis Oil Benefit Epilepsy?
Cannabinoids like cannabidiol (CBD) have a positive effect on epilepsy:
- The CBD overwhelms 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! Cannabis oil contains anticonvulsant properties and is a natural muscle relaxant.
Cannabis Therapy suggested treatment guidelines:
Panacea THC/CBD tincture and the patient can take 5 drops twice daily (morning and night).