People who have a history of seizure disorders are often concerned about the effects of cannabidiol (CBD oil) on their seizure disorders. Although very few studies have been performed on this subject matter, some of today’s recent clinical studies appear to suggest that CBD can have tremendous potential as a treatment or cure for a host of modern day chronic diseases, including depression, epilepsy, migraines, anxiety, cancer, and fibromyalgia. One of the most promising areas of CBD research has been in regard to treating seizure disorders. For decades, it was believed that CBD could not help with epilepsy or other seizure related issues. However, more recent medical research appears to have shown that CBD can actually help patients suffering from a seizure disorder by reducing the frequency and severity of the symptoms.
In response to the significant new evidence regarding CBD benefits regarding epilepsy and other seizure related conditions, the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) conducted a comprehensive scientific review of all available data relating to CBD. The NINDS is part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the organization has long been involved in the study of epilepsy and other seizure related issues. The NINDS performed a literature search and reviewed the published and clinical trial literature. Their report published in Clinical Trials: An International Journal of Pharmacology and Therapeutic Applications, indicates that there is substantial evidence that supports the view that CBD can be helpful in the management of certain types of seizure disorders.
The NINDS report goes on to say that the ongoing clinical trials that are being conducted are primarily focusing on two areas of concern. One area of focus centers on the use of CBD oil for the treatment of seizures in patients who are suffering from epilepsy. The second area of focus involves the use of CBD for the treatment of people with Parkinson’s disease (PD) and other neurodegenerative disorders. Both groups are interested in learning how CBD can be beneficial and how it can be used as an alternative or substitute to other medicinal marijuana products that have not been approved by the FDA and are known to have some very serious side effects.
While the NINDS released their report, they did warn that there are currently no major clinical trials scheduled concerning CBD and its relationship with treating seizure disorders. However, what is already known about CBD is that it can have profound psychoactive effects on people who take it in high doses and in combination with other medications. Some users have reported experiencing hallucinations, paranoia, agitation, sleep disorders, irritability and depression. When taken alone, the psychoactive effects of CBD can also lead to a loss of appetite. For this reason, it is extremely important that when using CBD, you discuss your intentions with your medical doctor or health care provider and inform them that you are currently taking a medication for your particular condition and would like to consider using CBD.
In addition to considering CBD as a possible replacement or along with other medicinal marijuana products, many researchers are looking at cannabidiol as a potential source of help for those who suffer from forms of epilepsy. Cannabidiol, like CBD, is derived from the cannabis plant but unlike THC which is derived from the cannabis plant, cannabidiol is derived from a plant only found in Northern Canada and maybe parts of Quebec. Many of the health claims associated with CBD are based on anecdotal evidence from those who claim to have experienced relief from one or more of the symptoms associated with some forms of cancer. However, when taken in low dosages it has been shown to be effective in reducing the nausea and vomiting of chemotherapy patients and reducing the seizures of children with certain forms of cerebral palsy.
In fact, until the FDA approves CBD as an over the counter drug, many people suffering from debilitating diseases such as MS, epilepsy and chronic pain are forced to turn to the very safe and effective pharmaceutical drugs which are available without a prescription. Some of these drugs include Sativex, Duragesic, Mycelex and Syn-Cort. Unfortunately, many of these pharmaceutical drugs come with significant side effects including nausea, vomiting, dizziness, constipation, memory loss, seizures, muscle spasms, agitation, anger, blushing, itching, joint pain, muscle weakness, dry mouth, headaches, flu-like symptoms, agitation, fatigue, fever, fluid retention, sexual dysfunction, agitation, muscle weakness, fatigue, head pain, tremors, and many other serious side effects. The vast majority of people will not experience these negative side effects, even if they are taking high doses of CBD for very serious medical conditions.