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  • How CBD can help with epilepsy

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    The positive effects of CBD on a variety of physical and psychological problems have been discussed by scientists for years. Some studies suggest that CBD has positive effects on epilepsy sufferers. What exactly does science say about this? Is it really conceivable that seizures in epilepsy can be treated with CBD?

    Epilepsy - what is that anyway?

    Epilepsy is a neurological disease associated with recurrent seizures. It is estimated that over 50 million people worldwide suffer from epilepsy. During a seizure, there are twitches and convulsions. These can go so far that they spread over the whole body. These seizures are not provoked, but occur randomly and unpredictably. So it is also very difficult to take measures that can reduce the seizures. In addition, many patients, around a third according to estimates, are resistant to the drugs and not all seizures can be stopped with a conventional drug either.

    CBD can reduce seizures from epilepsy

    In recent years, more and more scientists have looked into the effect of CBD on epilepsy patients. Some studies have already achieved quite promising results, for example in relation to Dravet syndrome in children.

    A meta-analysis by Brazilian scientists examined a number of different studies on CBD treatment in patients with epilepsy. Positive effects were observed, with around two-thirds of the study participants suffering from a lower frequency of epileptic seizures.

    Why such a thoroughly positive effect of CBD could be observed in epilepsy patients is not yet completely clear. The reduction in the frequency of seizures is associated, among other things, with the fact that CBD produces synergistic effects with other phytocannabinoids, which is referred to as the "entourage effect".

    CBD interacts with the body's endocannabinoid receptors and in many cases has an anticonvulsant, sedative effect. These properties may also help to minimise the frequency of seizures and attenuate the seizures themselves.

    CBD and side effects

    For many people with epilepsy, the issue of side effects plays a major role. They want to improve their quality of life with the reduction of seizures, but the currently approved drugs keep triggering a range of side effects.

    In the studies on the connection between CBD and epilepsy, various side effects are also reported, but in many cases they are manageable. Increased fatigue in patients is always reported, but this is thought to be due to the fact that CBD oil can generally have a calming and relaxing effect.

    What does the future hold?

    The fact that CBD has positive effects on many different diseases is now being advocated by many experts. This also applies to epilepsy. However, it is not yet certain how exactly these mechanisms take place that trigger these positive effects in epilepsy. Research on this is still in its infancy, but it will become more and more popular and interesting to the public in the coming years. It is important that the topic is approached openly so that education can take place, because there are already numerous positive reports from epileptics who were able to alleviate the extent of their disease with CBD. Learn more in our article: "Benefits of CBD oil".

    Sources

    Devinski, O. et al. (2017): Trial of Cannabidiol for Drug-Resistant Seizures in the Dravet Syndrome. In The New England Journal of Medicine, 376, pp. 2011-2020.

    Paplona, F. A.; da Silva, L. R. & Coan, A. C. (2018): Potential Clinical Benefits of CBD-Rich Cannabis Extracts Over Purified CBD in Treatment-Resistant Epilepsy: Observational Data Meta-analysis. In: Frontiers in Neurology, 9, p. 759.

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