What is Epilepsy?

Epilepsy is a neurological disorder. Its symptoms are recurrent seizures which you can’t predict when will happen. Most of the time, there is no clear reason as to why a person develops epilepsy. Sometimes, epilepsy can come from brain strokes or early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease.

Epilepsy can be treated with AEDs or antiepileptic drugs. However, some epileptic patients developed a resistance to the AED. With this dilemma, patients are seeking some alternative natural drug from AED. A promising natural alternative for AED is CBD oil or cannabidiol.

CBD Oil’s Uses and Benefits for Epilepsy

  • CBD oil is most successful in its attempt to suppress seizures, which is the main symptom of epilepsy. In fact, it is already an FDA-approved drug to calm down seizure attacks (Patel et al., 2018). CBD oil can control seizures due to its influence in the human endocannabinoid system. The endocannabinoid system is a channel for which most seizure attacks happen.
  • Patients will most likely not develop a resistance to CBD Oil. One of the reasons why AED is not an ideal drug for epilepsy is because humans tend to be resistant to that drug in the long run (Löscher, 2009). Many assumed that CBD oil might also become a drug to which humans might resist in the long run. However, a study shows that it’s possible that most patients will not develop a resistance to CBD.

In this study, about only a third of the subject population developed resistance to CBD (Bazil, 2003). The rest of the subjects didn’t develop a tolerance for it on a long-term basis. Although it’s disappointing that CBD still can be a resistant drug, it’s a hopeful sign that most of the subjects didn’t develop a resistance to it. The study’s recommendation for those that developed resistance is to increase their CBD dosage eventually gradually.

How Do You Use CBD For Epilepsy Treatment?

The most famous way of using CBD for epilepsy is through oral solution-Epidiolex. Patients also use some other CBD forms like:

  • Pills: This is an oral type of treatment. This is ideal if you do not want to miss a pill or if you are trying to avoid the taste of CBD.
  • Vape Oils: CBD oils can be used as a vaporizer. This is ideal for you if you love the soothing inhalation of CBD.
  • Tinctures: This is a liquid or an oil solution of CBD. It is usually taken in through a dropper. This is an oral solution of CBD suitable for those who don’t mind in tasting the earthiness of CBD.

To be safer, it is best to consult your doctor first before taking any CBD oil medication. This is to avoid some unwanted medical interactions to the current medications you might be taking.

Final Thought

It is a comforting thought that we finally have an alternative treatment for epilepsy other than AED. Plus, CBD has the huge potential of not developing into a resistant drug for most individuals. Try one today and be your own judge.

 

References:

Patel, A et.al. (2018) Medical Marijuana and Epilepsy. Available at:
https://www.epilepsy.com/learn/treating-seizures-and-epilepsy/other-treatment-approaches/medical-marijuana-and-epilepsy

Löscher, W. (2009) PHARMACORESISTANCE | Animal Models of Drug-Resistant Epilepsy. Available at:
https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics/medicine-and-dentistry/drug-resistant-epilepsy

Bazil, C. (2003) Drug Resistant Epilepsy: A Compliance Problem or an abnormality of Transport Proteins? Available at:
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC321224/