A growing body of evidence suggests that Cannabidiol or CBD (CBD VAPE) is a safe, effective treatment for people suffering with epilepsy. Over 2.3 million Americans suffer with this neurological condition marked by recurring, uncontrollable seizures. Researchers have been desperately searching to find a way to control and manage this life-altering condition. According to the Epilepsy Foundation, CBD shows great promise for helping people with epilepsy live a more normal life. They point to the long history in Africa, Greece, China, India, Rome and many other countries as well as modern research on the efficacy of treating seizure disorders including epilepsy using cannabis.
Long Documented Positive Results
The anticonvulsant, neuroprotective and muscle relaxant properties of cannabis is well documented. Respected health care professionals including J.R. Reynolds, Queen Victoria’s British physician, Irish physician Dr. William O’Shaughnessy, Dr. Lester Grinspoon, a Harvard psychiatrist and many others have written about the effectiveness of CBD in treating epilepsy and other neurological conditions in the past. More recent research has shown that modern anticonvulsant drugs like carbamazepine, phenytoin, primidone, valproic acid, clonazepam, ethosuximide, phenobarbital and others are less effective than CBDs and also have many negative side effects.
Better Tolerated Than Conventional Epilepsy Drugs
Many conventional pharmaceutical epilepsy drugs cause headaches, double vision, depression, nausea, liver failure, impotence, irritability, sleep disturbances, slurred speech, weight gain, hair loss and other side effects. States including Alabama, Louisiana, New York, Tennessee, Texas, Utah and Wisconsin have begun to allow the use of CBD to treat epilepsy and other conditions. Many children with epilepsy that are treated with CBD oil go from hundreds of seizures a week to one or two a month.
Studies Show Positive Results
A study done in 1975 that the Journal of the American Medical Association published, a 2003 Virginia Commonwealth University study published by the Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, as well as a 2014 Polish study reported on by the Journal of Neural Transmission as well as many other studies all show that CBD can help patients suffering with epilepsy. Respected medical professionals like the Comprehensive Epilepsy Center at NYU Langone Medical Center’s director Dr. Orrin Devinsky, are calling for more research into the use of CBD to treat epilepsy.
Positive Clinical And Anecdotal Evidence
In a recent survey of parents with children suffering from pediatric treatment-resistant epilepsy, 84% said CBDs significantly helped to improve their children’s condition. There is also clinical evidence suggesting that Cannabidiol is effective in preventing spasms whether from epilepsy or multiple sclerosis. While the antiepileptic mechanisms through which of CBDs work are not fully understood, CBDs seems to positively impact the equilibrative nucleoside transporter and several receptors in the brain. Plus CBD is proven to have a neuroprotective effect.
A Science Daily article in 2016 entitled “Cannabidiol for treating seizures Show Promise” reported on groundbreaking working being done at the University of Alabama at Birmingham on treating people with epilepsy using CBD. This is just one of many examples of researchers worldwide getting positive results using CBD. Many epileptics and their loved ones are hoping for greater access to CBD treatment.