Epilepsy. What is it?
Epilepsy is a disease in which its patients are affected by reoccurring seizures due to the brain’s neurons being disrupted. The seizures cause uncontrollable shaking and possible loss of consciousness. They can also happen multiple times per day in many cases. Currently 1 in 26 Americans will develop epilepsy in their lifetime and an estimated 3 million Americans and 65 million people worldwide currently live with epilepsy. Sadly, 2.2 million troops have served in the current Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts and it is estimated that 100,000 of these soldiers will develop post-traumatic epilepsy.
How can medical marijuana help?
Studies have shown a positive link between cannabinoid oil (CBD Oil) and lessening or eliminating seizures. Extracts with CBD have shown in several studies to have decreased the rate of seizures over 50% in patients on average. CBD oil does not create the traditional psychoactive effect as cannabis with higher levels of THC. Also important is the use of the whole plant material to include the terpenes for better patient outcomes. Plants that are specifically grown for high levels of CBD can have profound effects on epileptic seizures.
What is the final takeaway?
There has been no official report that medical marijuana actually treats Epilepsy. However, clinical trials have shown that “whole plant extracts” of CBD helps reduce the rate at which epileptics have seizures better than some other conventional medications with many fewer side effects.
If you are considering using medical cannabis to treat epilepsy, please consult your Neurologist.