Epilepsy - CBD (Cannabidiol) Health Benefits

Epilepsy & CBD

Cannabidiol (CBD) has proven to be a epilepsy wonder drug helping alleviate epileptic seizures …

Most people don't realise that epilepsy is one of the world's most common neurological conditions affecting 2.4 million people globally. In the UK the statistics show that epilepsy affects around 600,000 (1 in every 103) people with a further 87 new patients in the UK diagnosed every day.

Epilepsy is a condition that affects the brain and causes ‘Epileptic Seizures’ nicknamed ‘electrical storms’, these seizures are caused by a disturbance in the electrical activity of the brain.

Patients who suffer from epilepsy usually experience seizures with the following four stages:

Prodrome - beginning phase of feelings, sensations or changes in behaviour hours or days before a seizure.
Aura - auras are actually a small partial seizure that is often followed by a larger event.
Ictal Phase - period of time from the first symptoms (including an aura) to the end of the seizure activity, which correlates with the electrical seizure activity in the brain.
Postictal Phase - as the seizure ends, the postictal phase occurs. This is the recovery period after the seizure.

Study shows CBD helps reduce epileptic seizures…

CBD first came in the spotlight when it helped treat a child with epilepsy, now clinical trials have shown that CBD (Cannabidiol) can reduce seizures by up to 54%. The CBD epilepsy study was conducted by Dr Orrin Devinsky, director of the New York University Langone Comprehensive Epilepsy Center.

Further research shows that one of the reasons CBD (Cannabidiol) is so effective with epilepsy is because the transient receptor potential cation channel subfamily V member 1 (TRPV1) may contribute to the onset and progression of some forms of epilepsy. CBD (Cannabidiol) exerts anticonvulsant activity in vivo and produces TRPV1-mediated intracellular calcium elevation in vitro.

Cannabidiol (CBD) is an anticonvulsant and antipsychotic…

CBD (Cannabidiol) is the non-psychoactive part of the cannabis plant and unlike THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) - the part of the plant that produces the ‘highs’ - pure CBD has no psychoactivity and therefore poses no risk of addiction or cognitive impairment while taking it. In fact recent studies and research suggest that Cannabidiol is a very effective anticonvulsant and antipsychotic drug.

CBD as an effective Paediatric (Children) epilepsy treatment drug…

In the UK the NHS (National Health Service) is already prescribing Cannabidiol (CBD) to children with epilepsy. The first UK prescription of Cannabidiol was given to an 11 year old child named Billy. Billy had started taking CBD oil after seeing an epilepsy expert - Douglas Nordli, director of paediatric neurology at the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles in 2016. Billy’s mother described the effects of the CBD oil on Billy as “unbelievable and incredible”.

Dravet’s Syndrome Epilepsy

One of the rarer but most severe forms of epilepsy is called Dravet’s Syndrome, it's a lifelong form of epilepsy that usually starts in the first year of life and has a 15% - 20% mortality rate. Not only is Dravet’s a severe and debilitating form of epilepsy there is very little medical treatment available. Children and people with Dravet’s syndrome experience seizures that are refractory or do not respond to seizure medications well in most cases.

CBD (Cannabidiol) - A Wonder Drug For Dravet’s Syndrome

In a clinical trial published in The New England Journal of medicine on the effects of Cannabidiol on Dravet’s Syndrome researchers reported a massive 50% plus decrease in seizures of patients that took the CBD.

“...patients with the Dravet syndrome, cannabidiol resulted in a greater reduction in convulsive-seizure frequency...” The New England Journal of Medicine

While research into Cannabidiol (CBD) as an effective anti epilepsy drug continues some in the epilepsy medical community are convinced of its success. Dr. Orrin Devinsky is one of those doctors. As a professor of neurology, neurosurgery, and psychiatry at the New York University School of Medicine. Dr Devinsky is co-founder of the Epilepsy Therapy Project and epilepsy.com and has performed a massive amount of research into epilepsy and its prevention. One of the new drugs he claims is having a profound effect on people with who suffer from epilepsy and especially children with Dravet’s Syndrome is CBD. What his video here

Further evidence suggests that in some cases CBD can reduce seizures of Dravet Syndrome patients by up to 99% like in the case of Charlotte Figi a young girl who was having around 300 seizures a week lasting from 1 to 4 hours each, she was frequently hospitalized and none of the medical drugs prescribed helped. At the age of 2 years old Charlotte started to decline cognitively and she started to slip away. Her parents and doctors didn't know if this because of the unstoppable seizures or the medication she was on.

CBD practically cured Charlotte when other drugs failed…

In a final reach of hope her mother gave Charlotte CBD which had been recommended to her by friends. Immediately Charlotte stopped having seizures and now is down from 300 seizures a week to 0-1.

Watch the video about Charlotte's miracle recovery from Dravet Syndrome: