In the United States today, Epilepsy affects 3.4 million people. Epilepsy is a medical condition causing seizures and tremors, and is potentially life-threatening. The pharmaceuticals for seizures are not always effective, and risk serious side effects that often reduce the patient’s quality of life. Common side effects of anti-epilepsy drugs (AED’s) include “Sedation, slurring of speech, and unsteadiness”, and less commonly may affect mental health, or cause permanent liver damage.
How CBD May Help With Epilepsy
Research and case studies strongly support CBD for reducing symptoms of epilepsy, with far fewer side effect risk factors. In fact, CBD sometimes resolves seizure disorders that were unresponsive to pharmaceuticals. More recent research shows that CBD has the potential to reduce the number of seizures per day in children and adults with epilepsy, while also being very safe with very few side effects. In addition, the FDA recently approved an isolate CBD formula called Epidiolex specifically for seizures.
A recent study in 2018 examining the use of “artisanal CBD oil” taken along with the standard epilepsy drugs that patients were already taking, found that CBD extracts can reduce the number of seizures that happen per day with very few side effects, while also allowing some patients to lower the amount of other drugs they needed to take. In a meta-analysis reviewing dozens of research studies, CBD isolate was found to be inferior for managing seizures compared with a whole plant extract, supporting the theory that CBD formulations may exert better results.
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