How CBD Helped Me Cope With Epileptic Seizures?

Here’s a personal account of Maria who struggled with epileptic seizures throughout her childhood.

I was about six years old when I had my first episode of epilepsy. I remember playing with my friends in school on a warm sunny afternoon, and suddenly I blacked out. I came back to my senses after a couple of hours, and there was nothing I could remember. The school authorities had rushed me to the nearest hospital. After several medical examinations, the doctors concluded that I was epileptic. My parents were very anxious about my condition, and there wasn’t much awareness about the causes and the symptoms of epilepsy at that time. 

Growing up, I learned that a seizure occurs when a burst of electrical impulses in the brain exceed their normal limits. These electrical impulses spread to neighboring areas and create an unrestrained storm of electrical activity. They can be transmitted to the muscles, causing twitches or convulsions.

Causes of Epilepsy

There are nearly 180,000 new cases of epilepsy each year. Did you know that almost 30% occur in children? Children and elderly adults are the ones most commonly affected.

Typically, the common causes of seizures involve some brain injury. The leading causes of epilepsy include:

  • Low oxygen at the time of birth.
  • Brain tumors.
  • Head injuries that occur during birth or from accidents.
  • Infections such as encephalitis and meningitis.
  • Genetic conditions that lead to brain injury, such as tuberous sclerosis.
  • Abnormal levels of substances such as blood sugar or sodium. 
  • Stroke or any other brain damage.

A Brief Introduction to CBD

CBD or Cannabidiol is one of the 113 identified Cannabinoids derived from the Cannabis Plant. CBD alone accounts for 40% of the plant’s extract, which indicates its abundance. Various studies and research on CBD show that it is quite helpful for treating various physiological and cognitive disorders such as epilepsy, chronic pain, depression, anxiety, etc. Epidiolex, an oral Cannabidiol solution, is currently being used for treating seizures linked with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome in people.

How Does CBD Help?

The human Endocannabinoid System (ECS) produces endocannabinoids that tie with two Cannabinoid receptors found in the body. Endocannabinoids are lipid-based neurotransmitters that transmit signals in the brain. The two cannabinoid receptors CB1 and CB2 are located throughout our Central Nervous System and Peripheral Nervous System. CB1 receptors are mostly present in the Central Nervous System, whereas CB2 receptors are mainly found in the immune system. CBD binds much more with the CB2 receptor and less with the CB1 receptor. As a result, it helps in curing inflammation and chronic pain. 

CBD oil can be used to get rid of epilepsy

It has been seen that CBD oil can help in treating epileptic seizures in people of all ages. Honestly, I was quite apprehensive at using CBD oil for my epileptic seizures. I was desperately looking for a breakthrough and couldn’t find any promising alternative. Much to my relief, it was not at all psychotropic. It did not make me high, and I didn’t feel any adverse side effects. My seizures dramatically disappeared after 6 months. I feel much more alert, and sound sleep doesn’t evade me anymore.

 

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