Why CBD Medication Relieves Childhood Epilepsy
Why CBD Helps Relieve Childhood Epilepsy
Cannabis isn't just for university students and rappers anymore.
In fact, CBD oil and CBD products have been used as medicine for centuries!
Thanks to recent changes in the stigma surrounding weed, CBD medication is being studied by the scientific community as a real solution for severe epilepsy.
Could there really be a safe, organic, plant-based supplement that effectively relieves seizures? And is it safe enough to use on children?
Continue reading to learn more about CBD oil successfully treating childhood epilepsy:
Types of Epilepsy
Each day in Canada, an average of 42 people learn that they have epilepsy.
In 2015, the CDC estimated 3 million adults and 470,000 children with active epilepsy in the US alone.
A seizure is a sudden change in the electrical and chemical activity in the brain.
The way a seizure looks depends on the type of seizure a person is having.
For example, some seizures are not obvious and make a person look as though they're staring off into space. Although hard to notice, these seizures can still greatly interfere with a person's quality of life. All seizures should be taken seriously.
Other seizures look more like what we see in the movies. Tonic-clonic seizures can cause a person to collapse, shake, foam at the mouth, and go unconscious afterward.
Many things can cause a single seizure or brief pattern of seizures. Depending on the person, some of these triggers can include:
- Intense fever
- Electrolyte imbalance
- Dangerously low blood sugar
- Repetitive sounds or flashing lights
- Reaction to or withdrawal from certain medications
- Use of recreational/street drugs, such as cocaine or heroin
It's always a good idea to speak to a medical professional if you experience any seizures.
Epilepsy is a disorder of the brain that causes seizures. These seizures are not caused by a temporary underlying medical condition, like any of the causes listed above. (But it is possible that fever or flashing lights could trigger a seizure in someone with epilepsy.)
An epilepsy diagnosis simply means a patient experiences persistent seizures. Many times the root cause of the seizures is unknown.
Some causes of persistent, chronic seizures can include:
- A stroke that causes lasting damage to the brain
- Brain tumors
- Head injuries
- Bacterial infection in the central nervous system
A person with epilepsy is not contagious and cannot give epilepsy to another person.
Epilepsy in Children
Dravet syndrome is a rare genetic dysfunction of the brain. It begins in the first year of life in an otherwise healthy infant and is lifelong.
Seizures caused by Dravet syndrome are resistant to medications. This makes treatment very complicated. Currently, available medications are not able to achieve complete seizure control.
Most people with stubborn tonic-clonic seizures end up taking several seizure medications at once. If seizures and treatment start while the person is young, this can cause delays in social and intellectual development.
Often, kids with intense seizures and develop developmental delays have a higher risk of sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP). Other causes of death associated with Dravet syndrome include accidental death from injury or drowning.
One can only imagine the pressure parents of children with Davet syndrome must feel to find a cure. Or at the very least, a medication that will help improve their child's quality of life.
Cannabis has been used to treat epilepsy for centuries.
To be clear, smoking weed and using CBD medication are two very different things!
CBD Has No High
Professionals make CBD medication by extracting cannabidiol (CBD) oil from the stems of cannabis plants (hemp). When extracted from hemp, CBD oil contains less than 2% THC-- the compound that gets people high.
CBD medication causes no psychoactive effects. In fact, CBD joins with receptors in your Endocannabinoid system that help reduce anxiety and psychoactivity.
CBD oil has no measurable impact on motor or brain function. You can take CBD oil as a medication or light daily supplement, depending on the product you use.
There are a variety of CBD products good for different ailments, including:
- topical creams
- gummies and edibles
- oil capsules
- oil droplets
CBD as Medicine
CBD medication, no matter what form, has been known to effectively treat:
- Pre Menstrual Syndrome
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Chronic pain
- Seizures and other brain disorders
Other prescription opioids mask pain by interfering with pain receptors in the spinal column and brain. This works well for many ailments, and thousands of doctors prescribe strong opioid painkillers every day.
The problem with extra-strength opioids this is reduced efficacy over time and the risk of addiction. In 2016, more than 2,800 Canadians died from opioid-related overdoses.
CBD oil is organic, plant-based, and acts as a neuroprotectant. It contains natural antioxidants and works by mimicking your body's own endocannabinoids.
But how effective is CBD medicine at treating Davet syndrome? Can it keep up with man-made drugs?
The Outlawed Lifesaver
CBD medicine has already saved children suffering from Davet syndrome. The first documented case of CBD successfully treating epilepsy in infants dates back to the 1800s.
A British surgeon named William O'Shaughnessy reported a month old baby with epilepsy responding well to cannabis therapy back in 1839. He described the child transitioning from near death to "the enjoyment of robust health" in only a few days.
Last August, Dr. Sanjay Gupta released a groundbreaking CNN documentary titled Weed. In the film, Dr. Gupta showed viewers how a high-CBD "whole-plant cannabis extract" proved over 99 percent effective in stopping a six-year-old girl's seizures, when all other treatments had failed.
As attitudes surrounding cannabis change, CBD medicine is becoming more accessible to those who desperately need it.
Thank goodness more scientific research is being conducted on this topic as we speak!
Davets syndrome is a lifelong, potentially terminal illness that affects thousands of children across Canada and the US.
CBD oil might just be the safe medical alternative able to bring these children and their families the relief they need.
It's not as hard you think to get your medical cannabis dispensary card. Apollo Medical Center helps people with chronic and terminal illness improve their quality of life. We focus on providing the most affordable, high-quality medicinal cannabis solutions available in Vancouver.
Read our blog for more information about cannabis and well-being.
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