Supplementing with CBD to help with seizures and similar debilitating symptoms of epilepsy, is becoming increasingly popular. Here is what you should know about CBD for these conditions.
CBD has gotten a lot of attention locally and internationally for its medical use in the treatment of epilepsy symptoms and other conditions that result in seizures. In fact, June 2018, also saw the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approve CBD for the treatment of seizures in two extremely hard-to-treat forms of epilepsy: Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (LGS) and Dravet syndrome. In 2019, further reviews have indicated a good response in patients (Krithiga Sekar, Alison Pack, 2019).
Many of these developmental and neurological disorders can begin early in childhood and patients are often characterised with physical and cognitive deficits that can affect their entire lives. These kinds of seizures are usually difficult to control and require a strict regimen of medications. Studies have started to reflect that CBD, taken alongside other anti-seizure medications, reduces the frequency and severity of seizures in people who have these disorders.
Always note, it’s critical when introducing any supplements to a prescribed regime of anti-seizure medications, that you should only do so under the guidance of your doctor or veterinarian.
CBD for Seizure Control
Over the years, early evidence from laboratory studies, anecdotal reports, and small clinical studies suggest that cannabidiol (CBD) could potentially help control seizures. This is evident in both humans and even pets like dogs. A multitude of CBD-containing products are on now available on the market, and many people report aid with relief or improvement in their pet’s condition. When used in conjunction with proper treatment, CBD has been reported to reduce the frequency of convulsive (tonic-clonic, tonic, clonic, and atonic) seizures in patients of varying ages (J Epilepsy Res. 2017).
When conventional treatments do not work to control seizures, which happens to be the case for roughly 30% of epilepsy patients, it’s reasonable to consider supplementing with CBD oil. However, this should only be considered after a thorough evaluation by a specialized epilepsy medical professional or veterinarian who may consider all possible treatments with oversight on the patient’s existing medications.
CBD & Epilepsy in Dogs
There is great interest in evaluating the effects of CBD in treatment-resistant epileptic canines. An ongoing study (Efficacy of Cannabidiol for the Treatment of Epilepsy in Dogs) has even recorded that 89% of the dogs that were dosed with CBD showed a marked reduction in the frequency of seizures.
Pure, High-Quality CBD
If you want to source the highest quality, full-spectrum CBD in South Africa, don’t hesitate to browse through the selection available through online shop. You can rest assured that all products contain exactly what’s on the label, including below 0.2% THC. This means that you or your pet will absolutely not experience any psychoactive effects (for example, euphoria or feeling “high”).