Since the 1970s it’s been known that cannabis and its cannabinoids are rather effective at protecting against convulsions as well as other major and minor disorders. CBD (cannabidiol) possesses the requirements to be considered an anticonvulsant drug. The method of taking CBD is usually in oil form via a dropper or spray.
This study like like many others points out how where CBD comes from (The cannabis plant but it can also be found within the hemp plant) and how it interacts within us. CBD is known as a cannabinoid but it is also correct to refer to it as a phytocannabinoid as it comes from a plant.
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Cannabinoids like CBD and THC, its psychoactive counterpart, as well as many others interact with our body via our endocannabinoid system which runs throughout our central nervous system, immune system, brain and vital organs. These cannabionoids once introduced to our system interact with and in some cases bind with our cannabinoid g-protein receptors which in turn can result in regulatory results i.e. the increase of decrease of something we need.
In the cases of inflammation CBD may reduce it to create a sustainable balance within our bodies. When you consider a similar potential reaction within the nervous system you can understand how bringing balance to ones CNS (central nervous system) would be advantageous.
The receptors the cannabinoids communicate with are known as the CB1 and CB2 receptors but there are also g-protein receptors known as GPR119 and GPR55. We understand for the paper that the CB1 receptors appear more within the brain, CNS and peripheral nervous systems and the CB2 receptors appear more within the immune system but can appear in small numbers within the brain.
Studies in the past have shown CBD as an effective form of protection against convulsions. This is promising for those who wish to use it as an epileptic treatment. Further studies in rat models found that CBD was also effective in treating focal seizures (partial) which also included generalized convulsions (entire body) as well as temporal lobe epilepsy (seizures from the temporal part of the brain).
The use of CBD as a suppressant was also showing similar signs of modern medications proving that it can not only be potentially used to treat epilepsy but it can do so at the same level as current official medications. This is a big deal in regards to the validity of CBD as a treatment.
The paper refers to a common trend we cover which is the use of anecdotal evidence showing promising results. It found that with all of its factual studies, anecdotal evidence was also showing the first hand epileptic (anticonvulsant) benefits of CBD. Many patients are reporting that CBD used by smoking cannabis is helping them protect against both partial and tonic-clonic generalized seizures.
Further to this, although it cannot be considered a scientific experiment, but the same patients stated that once they stop using cannabis their epileptic symptoms return, and go away again once they revert back to using cannabis.
Like any treatment there is no be all and end all for one issue, ailment, disorder or disease. This is because everyone is different and we react differently to medications differently too. This is highlighted in one of the few double blind studies ever conducted in regards to discovering how CBD can be used to treat epilepsy and its corresponding symptoms.
The research in questions was as mentioned before a double blind study which included 15 patients who suffered from secondarily generalized epilepsy with a temporal focus. All patients were currently unresponsive to any form of standard treatment. The study found that 50% of patients that took CBD were successfully treated during the trial while the others improved but those recieving the placebo treatment did not improve.
Furthermore it should be noted that no one using CBD experienced any side effects either. Using the evidence provided, one could say CBD’s future as an effective anti-convulsant and epilepsy treatment is secure but we must as always note that any medication should be taken after consultation with a doctor or registered medical professional.