Can Cannabis Oil Be Used as Epilepsy Medication and Can It Help Prevent Seizures?

The medication for epilepsy is getting ineffective. About a third of the population of patients with epilepsy do not respond to the drug (Tang, et al., 2017). Meaning, one-third of the population is drug-resistant.

Initially, the medication for epilepsy works for them, but over time, their body developed a resistance to the drug. What’s sad about this news is that most of the drug-resistant patients can increase their chance of premature death.

The combination of anecdotal reviews and studies show that CBD oil or cannabidiol might potentially help in controlling the seizure attacks amongst drug-resistant epileptic patients. It can also be a potential long term drug for Epilepsy.

Before we delve into the link between CBD oil and epilepsy medication, let’s get to know CBD oil first.

What Is CBD Oil?

CBD Oil or cannabidiol is a compound extracted from the Sativa plant. Cannabidiol is mainly utilized as a medicinal compound for various disorders. There are two main properties found in the Sativa plant, and these are cannabidiol and tetrahydrocannabinol.

Depending on the country that you are in, you can purchase a CBD oil product with both tetrahydrocannabinol and cannabidiol. You can also purchase CBD oil with the cannabidiol extract only. CBD oils containing cannabidiol only and with a little amount of tetrahydrocannabinol can be legally bought in the United Kingdom (UK) even without a prescription (Stephens, 2018).

Studies About CBD Oil and Epilepsy

It is thought that CBD oil can be a natural alternative treatment for epilepsy as it can treat a special spectrum of epileptic conditions. Meaning, if CBD oil can cure a certain epileptic spectrum it can possibly cure some other spectrums of epilepsy. These spectrums which are found to be controlled by CBD oil are called the Lennox Gastaut syndrome and the Dravet syndrome.

The Ohio State University researched the activity of CBD oil to patients with the Lennox Gastaut syndrome. The data yields a 50% let down of the seizure attacks in just 14 weeks (N.A, 2017).

Lennox Gastaut syndrome is one of the most devastating types of epilepsy. Intense seizures characterize it and at times, a deficiency of the muscle tone. Lennox Gastaut syndrome is hard to treat. Its known medication for now which are lamotrigine and valproate is only good at the beginning when a patient hasn’t developed a tolerance to it yet.

A new study headed by Dr. Anup Patel (N.A, 2017) highlighted the huge potential of CBD oil in harnessing the devastating effects of the Lennox Gastaut syndrome. This is after finding out that CBD decreased almost to half the frequency of the intense seizures involved in the Lennox Gastaut syndrome. He believes that the possible usage of CBD for the Lennox Gastaut syndrome treatment is such a huge help in the medical world. He also stated that also CBD oil might render some side effects to the patient, these side effects are tolerable.

The Possibility of CBD Oil as A Medication for Epilepsy

All the mentioned research led to one thing, CBD oil can indeed be a medication for epilepsy and can help control epileptic seizure. CBD oil is effective for epilepsy as summarized in the following reasons below:

  • CBD oil can control almost half of the seizure attacks in patients with Lennox Gastaut syndrome.
  • CBD oil lessens the intensity of the seizure attacks (if there is even an attack).
  • CBD oil is a huge help for those whose epileptic medications are not responding anymore.

Final Thought

CBD oil is such a huge help for patients with epilepsy. It is an alternative for drug-resistant epileptic patients. CBD oil can also control the intensity and frequency of seizure.

If you are looking for a natural treatment to a particular spectrum of your epilepsy, CBD oil might help you in that department. Try it and see the difference for yourself.

 

 

References:

Tang, F. et al. (2017) Drug-Resistant Epilepsy: Multiple Hypotheses, Few Answers. Available at:
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5498483/

Stephens, G. (2018) Cannabis oil for epilepsy – what you need to know. Available at:
http://theconversation.com/cannabis-oil-for-epilepsy-what-you-need-to-know-98499

N.A (2017) Research in US Shows That Cannabis Compound May Halve Seizures For Patients With Severe Epilepsy. Available at:
https://www.epilepsyresearch.org.uk/research-in-us-shows-that-cannabis-compound-may-halve-seizures-for-patients-with-severe-epilepsy/