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Cannabis Oil for Epilepsy

Epilespy starts in the brain. It is a serious illness which is characterised by “fits” or seizures. Epilepsy is diagnosed when you have a seizure out of the blue. And this seizure is not caused by something banal like too much alcohol or hormones or very low blood sugar. And then you have another one.

Epilepsy affects more than half a million South Africans - at least 1 in 100 people will suffer from this disease at some time in their life. It affects all races, ages and walks of life - but there is still a stigma attached to getting epilepsy.

Seizures in Epilepsy

A seizure is a rush of electrical activity in the brain that can take many different forms, and affects people in many different ways. It can last a second or it can last a few minutes – the person may make rapid shuddering motions and lose consciousness and their body may go stiff. If this happens a lot, people battle to live a normal life and to have a normal job. They cannot drive or venture out alone. But today, epilepsy can be managed with medication and lifestyle changes.

Having epilepsy can be an expensive experience. There are many drugs that treat this disease, but patients need to go for many tests and scans. Medical aid will only cover so much then patients must pay up. A neurologist must assist the patient to choose the right medication for his particular seizures – sometimes this is one drug, or it could be several.

What Exactly is Epilepsy?

Epilepsy is when you have an “unprovoked seizure”, then another one. These fits can be related to ancestry or a brain injury too but often doctors cannot find the cause. Those who have seizures may have other brain issues too and an electroencephalogram (EEG) can try to find these. Generally, epileptic seizures are hectic electrical and chemical upheavals in the brain affecting about 1% of all South Africans. These fits are caused by something off beam in the brain and are a source of ill-health. The body is not well and when seizures recur over an prolonged period, they are referred to as epilepsy.

Epilepsy does not affect women any more than men and it can be controlled by a healthy, active lifestyle. People who experience epilepsy should not drink alcohol and should be careful about any other medication they are taking.

The alternative remedy route

Cannabis is increasingly being used for medical purposes and is also a known cure for cancer. Chemical compounds in the cannabis, called cannabinoids, interact with the body’s endocannabinoids to have a health effect.
The two main cannabinoids, cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) are both used for pain relief and other conditions including autism, arthritis, Alzheimer’s Disease, Glaucoma, Lupus, Fibromyalgia, Migraines and Epilepsy.
Inflammation is a major cause of many diseases including neurodegenerative diseases and depression. So, using CBD and THC can reduce the inflammation, therefore curing the source of the disease.

Does Cannabis Help Seizures?

Evidence from studies is emerging that cannabis does help people with epilepsy. CBD is a non-psychoactive compound which reduces inflammation in the body. It works with receptors in the brain to relieve depression and anxiety. In some countries, cannabis oil is being used to treat epilepsy with positive results. In a study involving young children and youths, who were on strong medication for epilepsy, the cannabis oil reduced their frequency of seizures dramatically.
In conclusion, cannabis oil is a safe treatment for epilepsy and could be beneficial to patients who have drug-resistant epilepsy. Cannabis Oil is generally a health tonic that provides relief from all kinds of disorders, including those that happen in the brain.

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