Epilepsy is the fourth most common neurological disorder. It can affect people of all ages. While there are many different combinations of medications that can be prescribed for epilepsy (depending on your specific symptoms), many of them cause harsh side effects that hinder one’s quality of life.
Our Founder Cody Coulson can be used as one of many examples. Cody suffers from epilepsy. When he was diagnosed, he tried a long list of medications to help ease his symptoms. But with every prescription, Cody began experiencing negative side effects such as cold sweats, insomnia and a severe loss of his emotions.
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In recent years, CBD has become a natural alternative to help manage not only epilepsy, but also the side effects that come with most epilepsy medication. Here’s how:
What is epilepsy?
Generally speaking, epilepsy is a type of seizure disorder. It’s important to note that a seizure and epilepsy are not the same thing – meaning, it is possible to have a seizure without being epileptic.
Epilepsy is a condition where a person suffers from recurrent seizures. A seizure can be defined as an abnormal, disorderly discharge of the brain’s nerve cells. The discharge causes a temporary disturbance of motor, sensory and/or mental function. There are many different kinds of seizures an epilepsy patient may experience, depending which part of the brain is involved in the seizure.
How CBD works (in general)
CBD, or cannabidiol, is a cannabinoid found in the cannabis plant. Unlike THC, CBD is non intoxicating and will actually work alongside it’s other cannabinoids to improve itself. In other words, THC improves the effects of CBD, while CBD decreases the psychoactive effects of THC.
CBD interacts with different receptors throughout the brain and body that help regulate things like adenosine, serotonin and vanilloid. These receptors help the body produce dopamine (which regulates mood, memory and pain perception) and glutamate (which helps with brain cognitive function in the body).
CBD and epilepsy
CBD can help to protect healthy neurons in the brain as well as repairing damaged neurons. It can also improve signaling between neurotransmitters in the brain that are misfiring – which is a large factor when it comes to seizures.
CBD also works to both repair damaged pathways and build new neuro pathways throughout the brain. Building these new pathways can help to decrease grey area. The less grey area the brain has, the more “complex” the brain becomes, which can slowly remove epileptic tendencies from the brain.
If you have further questions about CBD and how it can be used to help improve epileptic symptoms, contact us! We’re happy to help.