CBD Oil – A Cure for Epilepsy and Seizures?
Colorado CBD Oil – A Cure for Epilepsy and Seizures?
Epilepsy is a chronic disorder that is characterized by recurrent, unprovoked seizures. The key word here is unprovoked, which is to say that the seizure or seizures were not caused by a known or reversible medical condition, such as extremely low blood sugar or alcohol withdrawal.
According to the Epilepsy Foundation, 65 million people around the world have epilepsy, 3.4 million of whom live in the United States. A third of people with epilepsy live with uncontrollable seizures because no available treatment works for them.
The promising news is that studies have shown that CBD oil can be effective in the treatment of epilepsy and seizures.
First, let’s learn more about CBD and CBD oil.
What is CBD oil?
CBD oil is a concentrated extract of the compound Cannabidiol, found in the cannabis plant.
With no psychoactive properties, CBD is quickly becoming widely recognized as an effective treatment for many ailments, without the baggage of mind-altering properties. Many people who are eager to find natural remedies for their particular conditions, but are wary of cannabis for this reason, are turning to CBD.
The results often greatly exceed expectation, and this new treatment option is becoming increasingly difficult for people to ignore or discount.
CBD oil, in particular, is gaining traction due to its versatility, dosage accuracy, and rapid absorption, which leads to quick relief. It is extracted from cannabis plants categorized as “hemp” or “industrial hemp.”
The distinction here is that these are not “marijuana” plants. Rather, these are the type that contain next to no THC, the primary mind-altering molecule found in cannabis plants.
Industrial hemp has been cultivated for millennia, and it has been cultivated in prohibition America. It’s a crop that is hearty and resilient, and grows vigorously. The fibers of industrial hemp are highly durable and continue to be used around the globe in the manufacture of tough fabric materials that can hold up well under harsh conditions.
Hemp farmers are now finding their product to be highly sought after, as demand for medical CBD oil, with minimal need for isolation from any THC existing in the plant, is on the rise.
What are some of the health benefits of CBD?
The health benefits of CBD oil are only just beginning to be understood. A mere 5 years ago, your most adept cannabis connoisseur would probably never have heard of it.
With the rise of medical cannabis, however, CBD, and in particular CBD oil, have rocketed into the spotlight as a treatment method for a variety of health problems.
Human physiology is well suited to work with numerous cannabinoids (compounds found in the cannabis plant). Somewhat astoundingly, the human body manufactures its own cannabinoids.
This means that we already have the right receptors for cannabinoids, including CBD, to work their magic in our bodies.
One of the more promising lines of research into CBD and Colorado CBD oil is happening in the field of cognitive dysfunction associated with neurological conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease, autism, and PTSD.
Some readers may have already seen videos where a spasmodic Parkinson’s sufferer experiences immediate reduction and near cessation of symptoms when administered CBD.
CBD and the treatment of epilepsy and seizures
Perhaps some of the most promising research on CBD oil’s value as a treatment option is in the field of seizure-related afflictions such as epilepsy. In a recent study by the American Epilepsy Society found unequivocally that CBD reduced both the severity and frequency of seizures in children with Epilepsy.
Furthermore, subsequent observation showed 9% of patients remaining seizure-free. A particularly positive outcome was found in patients suffering from Dravet Syndrome, a severe form of epilepsy that begins in infancy, and causes a cascade of developmental problems. Thirteen per cent of these patients remained seizure-free during the subsequent observation period.
It’s important to note that many of the general epilepsy patients, including the Dravet patients, had never had seizure-free periods before in their lives. This further substantiates the efficacy of CBD in treating seizure-related illnesses.
One particular case in the UK involved a young boy who had been suffering up to 100 seizures per day due to what is referred to as “intractable epilepsy.” This means that no treatments, diets, or medications alleviated his symptoms. It’s hard to imagine any reasonably comfortable quality of life for a child with such a condition.
At age 11, he began a regimen of CBD, in conjunction with another cannabinoid compound (CBD and THC or THCA are often paired together in specific ratios for specific results, as they are known to enhance or diminish one another’s effects).
After what has been referred to as “extensive treatment” with the cannabinoid compounds, this boy was 300 days seizure-free at the time the reporting was done. That’s up to 3,000 seizures prevented by cannabinoids, including primarily CBD.
Interestingly, historical research indicates that cannabis may have been used to treat epilepsy as early as 1800 BC in ancient Sumeria. Victorian neurological doctors were known to treat epilepsy using Indian Hemp, which is known to be rich in CBD content.
With the normalization of cannabis in American society over the past decade, the taboos are losing potency. This has allowed for the medical research to finally begin playing catch-up with what folk medicine has known for millennia. CBD is an effective treatment in many cases of severe epilepsy.
It’s important to understand that this treatment, while extremely promising, is not going to end epilepsy or other neurological conditions in humankind. We can be excited, however, about the potential of CBD to help in symptom management and overall relief from many debilitating medical conditions. Still, there are still going to be people who have seizures, and perhaps some who don’t find CBD to be their best treatment option.
In another Dravet study published in the New England Journal of Medicine in May of 2017, the results were promising, but some side-effects were reported. The study was what is referred to as a “randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled human trial.” This is considered the top-level method for any new medically promising treatment. The 14-week study showed a decrease of 40-50% in monthly frequency of convulsive seizures in patients taking CBD, while the placebo group showed a drop of about 13%.
Though the results of this study were encouraging, there was also a high rate of reported side-effects. These include fatigue, somnolence (unusually high need for sleep, and longer sleep durations), and perhaps less intuitively, decreased appetite, diarrhea, and vomiting.
Ninety-three per cent of CBD patients in this particular study reported some form of these symptoms. However, 75% of the placebo group did as well. Eight of the 61 CBD patients dropped out of the study due to side-effects, as opposed to only 3 of the 59 placebo patients.
Where to go from here?
While it seems irrefutable that CBD oil has vast untapped potential to alleviate many forms of human suffering associated with medical conditions, we also must acknowledge that it’s not a silver bullet.
The body of research needed to understand how to best put Colorado CBD oil to use, however, is beginning to take shape. To mitigate side effects and unlock the full potential of this miraculous molecule, with a little dedication, we may learn to incorporate other cannabinoids into the treatment plans for specific conditions. In doing so, we will almost certainly discover even more applications and treatment possibilities.
For us to fully capture the potential, we have to start by putting to bed all the old, outmoded prohibition-era perceptions surrounding cannabis and CBD. CBD studies demonstrate the potential for impressive health benefits and we should embrace the possibilities within this gift from nature.