CBD Oil and Epilepsy

CBD Oil and Epilepsy

What is epilepsy?

Epilepsy is a medical condition that causes frequent seizures in its sufferers. There are many different types of epilepsy, including some types of epilepsy that only last for a limited time. However, Epilepsy is a life-long condition for many of its sufferers.

 What are Seizures?

 Seizures are bursts of electrical activity in the brain – and these bursts of electricity affect how the brain works for a temporary period. There are two main types of seizures: Generalised seizures and Focal Seizures.

 Generalised seizures are seizures that affect the whole brain, whilst Focal seizures affect one part of the brain.

 Symptoms of epilepsy

  • Fits (uncontrollable shaking and jerking)
  • Blank staring
  • Passing out
  • Becoming stiff
  • Loss of awareness for what is happening

Treatment

Treatment for epilepsy often involves Anti-epileptic drugs (AED’s), however it can take some time for sufferers to find the medication that works for them. If medication does not seem to be effective, other types of treatments may be considered. These include, brain surgery, vagus nerve stimulation, and sometimes even ketogenic diet.

What is CBD Oil?

Cannabidiol is an isolated extract of the cannabis plants. It’s one of the hundreds of cannabinoids found in the plant among other popular substances like THC also found in the same plant.

Although CBD is quite popular, it is often confused with THC, another cannabinoid known for its psychoactive properties. Unlike THC, CBD will not make you high. It has very low toxicity and doesn’t create dependency. You can easily stop using CBD at any time even after a long time of using it.

How Does CBD Work?

Every mammal has a system that controls cannabinoids in the body called the Endocannabinoid System. This system is present in the human body and has receptors that interact with the CBD like a lock and key.

The receptors have enzymes within them. The enzymes break down the CBD into simpler compounds that are easy for the body to absorb and later sent to other parts of the body.

The ECS system also has neurotransmitters that help to relay chemical messages between the ECS and the rest of the body.  

CBD Interactions

There’s a lot to be learned about how CBD interacts with other anti-seizure medications. It’s possible that CBD might interact with some of the medications leading to mild side effects. Some of these side effects include:

  • Drowsiness
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue
  • Weakness
  • Reduced appetite

These side effects are common among new CBD users and those taking CBD in high doses. It is recommended to start taking CBD in small doses to allow your body to acclimatise before increasing the doses to mitigate any potential side effects.

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