Can CBD Oil help Epilepsy sufferers? Epilepsy effects 65 million world-wide and a third of those people are left without an effective medicine to help treat them.
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The endocannabinoid system is a relatively newly discovered part of the body and scientists are still learning and trying to understand its full effects on the body.
Two things that have been well established are the facts that this system helps to maintain homeostasis in the body and the receptors responsible for this are dense in the central nervous system.
For those with epilepsy, CBD and its effects on the hippocampus are particularly interesting. In many forms of epilepsy, the hippocampal cells are overstimulated, causing a seizure.
The research that has been published so far, both for humans and pets, shows that CBD and THC help control hippocampal activity, keeping the spikes that result in seizures at least partially under control.
While CBD is the topic of this video, and has been proven to treat seizure disorders in some patients, it is not the only one with promising results.
THC, THCA, CBDV, and a terpene called linalool have all show promising results as seizure suppressants. For this reason, if you are able to, we recommend going with a Full Spectrum CBD Oil. If you want to learn more about Full Spectrum we’ve linked to our video on the topic in the top right corner.
On June 25th, 2018 the US Food and Drug Administration approved the use of a specific CBD oral solution for use on patients suffering from epilepsy in children two and older.
This is a huge step for cannabis because it is the first medicine originating from the plant to be approved for medical use in the United States. Until now the FDA has treated all cannabis products as Schedule I drugs and refused to endorse any medications derived from them.
On top of FDA approval, in September 2018 a meta-analysis of 11 different epilepsy studies, looking at 670 patients was completed by three Brazilian scientists.
The results were staggering. 71% of people using Full Spectrum CBD products had reduced seizure frequency, while 46% of CBD isolate users found benefits.
Even better, these patients were treatment resistant, having tried anywhere between 4-12 other medications before participating in these studies!