A significant percentage of people live with some form of epilepsy, a chronic neurological disorder characterized by recurrent, unprovoked seizures. About three-quarters of Epilepsy can result from Alzheimer’s disease, stroke, traumatic brain injury, or something else. However, there is no apparent cause. However, there is a new form of treatment approved by the FDA, the use of CBD oil.
Epilepsy disrupts a significant aspect of an individual’s daily life. When a seizure strikes, the violent shaking puts one at severe risk, depending on what they are doing at the moment. Individuals who have epilepsy are also more prone to suffer from sleep issues, migraines, and anxiety disorders, and depression. You can treat epilepsy by using antiepileptic drugs (AEDs). Unfortunately, as many 50% of the people with epilepsy have drug-resistant epilepsy. For these individuals, AEDs are not sufficient, or the side effects are severe as to make taking the treatment prohibitive.
As a result, the majority of individuals seek out alternative medication to help manage their epilepsy. One promising treatment is Cannabidiol or CBD oil. Ascribed to its interaction with the endocannabinoid system, CBD relieves a variety of the symptoms associated with epilepsy—without inducing a “high” feeling like THC. CBD has been successful at alleviating seizures, that it became the first and only FDA-approved drug containing CBD prescribed to treat severe forms of epilepsy.
The FDA approved the first drug containing Cannabidiol. It is an oral solution, called Epidiolex, including 99% pure CBD. The prescribed medication treat severe forms of epilepsy—specifically, Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome. Both of these syndromes begin during childhood. Seizures associated with these syndromes are so sharp and frequent, they often result in delayed or inadequate development of the child’s language and motor skills, ability to connect with others, and intellectual aptitude. Epidiolex is an oral solution, although people using CBD to treat epilepsy may also consume it in the following forms:
You can inhale the oils through a vape pen or vaporize. The majority of individuals prefer vape oils because they find the act of inhaling soothing, and they prefer the flavored vape oils over Cannabidiol natural earthiness.
You can consume the tinctures via a dropper under the tongue (sublingually). Research shows that sublingual tinctures provide the highest, most consistent blood absorption rates of CBD.
The capsules are swallowed orally like any other pill. These are an easy way to remember to take CBD and avoid any natural hemp taste.