The reported benefits of CBD oil or cannabidiol in epilepsy is getting a lot of attention in the medical industry. With this attention comes the various research about the Sativa plant extract (CBD). In most of these researches, the angle about CBD’s possible ability to become the next non-resistant drug against epilepsy is a highlight. The much-researched angle is to provide to the long-standing dilemma of treatment-resistant patients of epilepsy.

CBD Oil as a Non-Resistant Drug for Epilepsy

Most of the drug-resistant ability of CBD oil is administered to children. This is because of the increased number in the population of children with developed treatment resistance to epilepsy. But what is “treatment resistance?”

Treatment resistance is the wearing off of the drug’s effects due to the long-term usage of it. Usually, epileptic patients do not develop a treatment resistance; however, some can. About a third of the whole population of epileptic patients are treatment-resistant (Bazil, 2003). Treatment-resistant for epilepsy is a problem because it means, adding more dosages of medication and more intense attacks.

A study made in the University of Alabama located in Birmingham published some interesting findings regarding the CBD oil’s non-resistance feature (Schachter, N.D). The results showed an improvement in the number of seizure attacks amongst epileptic patients. The findings also showed a considerable measure of efficacy in treatment-resistant patients.

The published study focused on a total of 132 patients, which is a random mix of adult and child diagnosed epileptic patients. These patients are from the spectrum of treatment-resistant epileptic condition. In a surprising outcome, CBD oil gradually lowered the seizure frequency of 144 attacks for two weeks down to 52 attacks every two weeks. The decreasing number of attacks consistently lowered within the 48-week duration of the study. The research team also monitored how CBD gradually lowered the severity of each attack.

This study is quite interesting since the subjects are a mix of varying ages, epileptic severity, and treatment-resistant conditions. This only means that CBD has a huge potential to affect a wide spectrum of epilepsy positively. Studies like this meant so much in our search for available alternatives from treatment-resistant epileptic conditions. We are hoping for more developments of CBD oil focusing on epileptic treatments.

Side Effects of CBD Oil

The side effects of CBD oil ranges from zero side effects to tolerable side effects. Most side effects are controlled, so there’s no room for worry. Always consult with your doctor before taking in any CBD medication.

Final Thought

Epilepsy is a neurological disease that at least 50 million of the world’s population suffer from (Wahab, 2010). At least a third of this number is resistant to the current medical cure for controlled attacks. It goes without saying that CBD oil is such a huge help in our search for finding a long-term cure for treatment-resistant epilepsy.

Today, getting CBD medication is still illegal in some countries. This makes it difficult for treatment-resistant epileptic patients to acquire. What we hope for in the future is for the increase in the number of countries that will legalize medicinal CBD.

 

References:

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

Schachter, S.C. (N.D) Epilepsy & Behavior. Available at:
https://www.journals.elsevier.com/epilepsy-and-behavior

Wahab, Abdul. (2010) Difficulties in Treatment and Management of Epilepsy and Challenges in New Drug Development. Available at:
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4036655/