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How CBD Helps Epilepsy
CBD has exploded onto the medical scene, being touted as the newest technology to help with a myriad of medical conditions and symptoms, ranging from chronic pain and insomnia to inflammation and autoimmune diseases. CBD came to prominence back in 2013 when a little girl, Charlotte, began using CBD to treat her seizures when nothing else worked. Diagnosed with Dravet Syndrome, a severe form of intractable epilepsy. Intractable means the seizures are not controlled by medication. Charlie was having 300 grand mal seizures a week — with nothing the doctors could do. Her heart had stopped three times. Her parents tried CBD, very experimental in 2013, and her seizures reduced to two to three times a month, mostly during the night. The results legitimized the use of CBD.
Ever since Charlotte’s headline-making case, CBD research has discovered more and more uses for CBD — with more uses being discovered with time. Herbal Pharm Rx believes in the medicinal power of CBD to treat ailments in an all-natural way with none of the harsh side effects of traditional drug treatments. Visit our site today to learn more.
HOW CBD HELPS EPILEPSY
CBD is a cannabinoid, which has medicinal properties but no psychoactivity. Derived from the hemp plant, CBD affects the endocannabinoid system (ECS) in our bodies that helps us with sleep, immune-system responses, pain, anxiety, and neurological disorders such as epilepsy.
Most CBD products on the market come from hemp, which is a variety of the cannabis plant that has less than .3 percent THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), which is the cannabinoid in hemp plants that is psychoactive and gets you high.
CBD works by interacting with your own natural endocannabinoids to restore homeostasis in all your body systems which your ECS affects. This is not new. Cannabis has been documented to help with epilepsy since 1881. How exactly does CBD help with seizures? Because the ECS is still a relatively new system discovery (1990s), scientists aren’t exactly sure. However, scientists have two theories as to how this happens in the body:
- CBD affects the hippocampus, the part of your brain where information is exchanged and epilepsy can occur when this exchange is disrupted.
- The protective effect of cannabinoids through proteins known as NMDA receptors, which play a major role in memory and learning. CBD and cannabinoids may have a distinct interaction with these receptors as well (Gloss & Vickrey 2012).
Despite the not knowing exactly what happens, scientists think the CBD quiets the excessive electrical and chemical activity in the brain that causes seizures. Clinical studies for CBD’s effects on epilepsy have been going on since 1978; however, these studies have not been consistent, resulting in not much happening for 30 years — until Charlotte’s case became publicized.
Up to one-third of traditional epilepsy drugs don’t work for those suffering from epilepsy. With ongoing clinical studies and continued results shown by those suffering from epilepsy, CBD, CBD oils, and CBD-based drugs will be forthcoming in the near future. As the fourth most common neurological disorder, epilepsy is characterized by unpredictable seizures that can cause other health problems. A chronic disorder, having seizures and epilepsy can affect people’s safety, relationships, work, driving, and so many more daily activities most of us take for granted. Public perception and treatment of people with epilepsy are often bigger problems than actual seizures, not to mention suffering the embarrassment of seizures in public.
HOW CBD CAN HELP
Anxiety, pain, arthritis, drug cravings, convulsions, and inflammation are among the most notable things CBD is said to help relieve. Chronic conditions, including epilepsy (the only ailment with the FDA stamp of approval), PTSD, fibromyalgia, endometriosis, Parkinson’s, and Multiple Sclerosis are also conditions CBD can treat.
In June of 2018, the FDA approved Epidiolex, a CBD-based drug, to treat two major forms of epilepsy, one of which is Dravet Syndrome, the condition Charlotte has. CBD has come a long way in just five years. Imagine where CBD will be in another five or even ten years.
It’s hard to imagine living life with a chronic conditions such as pain or epilepsy if you’ve never lived it. For those who suffer from one of these conditions, knowing there’s treatments in existence and new treatments are being pioneered every day is a great comfort and encouragement to keep up the rally for more research.
Herbal Pharm Rx believes in the right of everyone to feel better about themselves using known substances, chemicals, and compounds to do so. As Charlotte so courageously demonstrated, one child can change the world by opening up our eyes to previously-stigmatized substances and proving marching to your own drummer — while no easy course — can and will change the lives of thousands who come after you.
Herbal Pharm Rx offers a variety of CBD products and CBD oils to meet your needs. CBD oils are perfect to mix in food and drink, and Herbal Pharm Rx offers Lemon, Natural, and Peppermint-flavored tinctures. CBD capsules are easy to take. CBD balms provide relief where you need it most. CBD gummies are a great on-the-go snack and are just plain fun! Herbal Pharm Rx encourages you to visit our website and learn all you can about CBD and its benefits. Our site is a wealth of knowledge for conditions CBD oils can treat. We believe in the power of education to change lives like Charlotte did. Visit us today and shop online with us for all your CBD oil needs!