CBD Oil and Epilepsy: What You Need to Know
While CBD has certainly become one of the most popular topics of our time, one of the most inspiring is CBD oil and epilepsy.
As a tragic condition that affects individuals young and old, medical professionals have struggled to find an effective treatment for Epilepsy; however, CBD has shown profound results.
In this article, let’s discuss CBD oil and epilepsy.
What is CBD Oil?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a natural compound produced within the Cannabis plant along with at least 85 other compounds known as phytocannabinoids.
Unlike other phytocannabinoids like Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), CBD is completely non-intoxicating. This allows CBD to deliver the therapeutic properties of the Cannabis plant, without inducing the mind-altering effects associated with “getting high.”
When extracted from Hemp (a classification of Cannabis that contains a very low amount of THC and is grown primarily for industrial purposes), CBD is legal to use in the United States, under the 2018 Farm Bill
How Does CBD Benefit People with Epilepsy?
In May 2017, NBC News released an article that covered a study conducted by Dr. Orrin Devinsky. In his study, Devinsky and his research team enlisted 120 children from around the globe with Dravet Syndrome – a rare and often lethal form of epilepsy that can cause prolonged seizures, often leading to brain damage.
Currently, there is not an official method of treating Dravet Syndrome, making dealing with it even more difficult.
To determine if CBD could be used to provide any type of benefit to the children, Devinsky and his team provided half the children with CBD over the course of 14 weeks, while the other half of the children were given a placebo.
The results are amazing…
According to a statement the research team made in the New England Journal of Medicine, “Seizure frequency dropped in the cannabidiol-treated group by 39 percent from nearly 12 convulsive seizures per month before the study to about six; three patients’ seizures stopped entirely.” Now despite your position on whether or not you agree with using cannabinoids as a method of treatment, no person, especially a child should have to suffer from epilepsy, and if CBD can help relieve these symptoms, then it should be considered nothing short of a miracle.
Now one case, of course, does not prove anything; however there are many other scientific studies that positively linking significant relief of epileptic symptoms to CBD oil.
Dr. Sanjay Gupta of CNN publicly endorsed the treatment of CBD Oil for epilepsy in his own study. As more and more studies are being performed, it will only further prove that CBD does indeed provide relief for people suffering from epilepsy. And we’re not medical doctors, so don’t take it from us – take it from Dr. Gupta, Dr. Devinsky, and the thousands of people who have experienced the benefits of CBD first-hand.