After years of research and studies into the benefits of cannabis oil for epilepsy, scientists are approving the use of the non-psychoactive cannabinoid, cannabidiol (CBD), to treat epilepsy. Medical cannabis is a great alternative therapy for epileptic patients who are tired of the side effects from pharmaceutical drugs and who want natural relief from seizures. Some doctors are adding cannabis oil to existing medication for people who have seizures which then subdues the side effects of their daily drug intake. Their conclusion is that the CBD-infused cannabis oil benefits epilepsy as it is safe and natural.
For nearly 200 years, cannabis oil has been used to treat and prevent seizures but it is only recently, in modern times, that the use of cannabis oil to treat epilepsy has come to light as a common discussion. In countries and states where medical cannabis is legal, scientists and doctors are able to research the benefits of CBD for epilepsy – tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is not a good cannabinoid for seizures as it is psychoactive. CBD is also an anti-convulsant and anti-inflammatory, with the added benefits of being a good treatment for insomnia, lack of appetite, mood swings, anxiety and depression. If these symptoms can be treated alongside the epilepsy, the patient immediately experiences a better quality of life.
When children with epilepsy are given a smorgasbord of drugs to combat seizures, why would adding cannabis oil to this medication not benefit the patient? Now studies have found that giving CBD to children who have seizures does reduce the frequency and intensity of the convulsions. THC and CBD cling to receptors in the brain and can change the way the body and mind process pain – for example, in cases where patients have multiple sclerosis or even HIV/AIDS. The cannabinoids block the pain signals and the CBD also works on other signalling systems in the brain and has natural protective and anti-inflammatory qualities.
Epilepsy is a chronic disease of the central nervous system where the patient experiences convulsions and loss of consciousness. There appear to be sessions of intense, unusual electrical activity in the brain which can be the result of genes, a brain tumor or trauma or an unidentified reason. Sometimes environmental toxins, hormones or metabolism issues can cause seizures too. People who have seizures react differently to cannabis oil and every seizure is unique. Some patients mix the benefits of cannabis oil with their pharmaceutical medication and find relief, others only use cannabis oil and find relief. This kind of medication must be monitored by a doctor as studies are still being done on the benefits of cannabis oil for epilepsy.
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