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Cannabidiol to treat seizures in epilepsy

Research analysis shows that cannabis-based products can effectively reduce seizures in children with epilepsy. The wide acceptance and use of medical marijuana are very emergent throughout the U.S. Moreover, the researchers are constantly working to discover its newer benefits.

This respective analysis shows cannabinoids i.e. compounds from medical marijuana can be promising when it comes to addressing epilepsy in children. Epilepsy is very common in children. Active epilepsy affects around six in every 1,000 kids. It is signified by frightening seizures that now appear to be treatable using cannabinoids.

The researchers analyzed a series of published studies for the analysis. These studies included 19 non-randomized studies and four randomized controlled trials. All of them aimed at exploring the effects of cannabis on seizures in childhood epilepsy. Most of the studies explored the effect of cannabidiol which is a type of cannabinoid free of any psychoactive effects.

The randomized controlled trials, with children who had severe forms of epilepsy, revealed that cannabidiol caused a statistically significant decrease in the median frequency of monthly seizures among the subjects. Moreover, a greater number of participants experienced 50 percent or greater reduction in the frequency of seizures.

What do the researchers say?

Jesse Elliot from the University of Ottawa was the lead author of the study. She noted that there was no significant difference in the number of children who became completely seizure free. However, a notable reduction in the frequency of seizures was observed in a number of children. She further pointed out that any decrease in seizures, no matter how small, dramatically impacts the lives of the affected children and their families.

The researchers expect to see lots more studies on the topic emerging in the near future.

A young boy, named Jayden David, was experiencing regular seizures. There was a point when he had 500 seizures per day. He was prescribed with very strong medications like benzodiazepines. With little or no improvement by the medicines, his parents were desperate for a solution that could actually work! Cannabis oil came to them as a miracle. The first day he took it, the seizures stopped. His condition improved, he was weaned off prescription drugs. He now took only two medicines, the remaining 22 were left behind.

The wide acceptance of Cannabidiol

FDA has approved an oral solution of cannabidiol in the last June. The approval was granted for treating two rare, severe types of epilepsy in patients aged two and older,

  • Dravet syndrome
  • Lennox-Gastaut syndrome

It is the first FDA-approved drug with cannabidiol.

The Epilepsy Foundation enumerates that the federal regulations have limited the research on CBD. Moreover, limited access to the drug, not to mention time and financial constraints add to the situation.

The foundation further highlighted a number of recent studies that demonstrate CBD to help epilepsy, especially the victims who haven’t responded to traditional therapies. To your great surprise, only a third of people with epilepsy find out that conventional treatments don’t control their seizures. However, cannabidiol treatment could be effective for a lot of people suffering from the condition.

Bo Walkden

Bo Walkden graduated from the University of Tennessee with a major in biology and a minor in Sociology. Bo grew up in Nashville but moved to Memphis for college. Bo has written for several major publications including the Knoxville News Sentinel and NPR. Bo is a community reporter and also covers stories important to all Americans. Contact Email: bo@tophealthjournal.com. Phone: 720.213.5824

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