Epilepsy is a debilitating disease, especially in children. When epileptic seizures occur, the brain’s synapses fire at erratic and uncontrollable rates, causing the body to convulse. Such an experience can be traumatizing for a parent to watch, knowing they are useless to stop the event. It can be doubly traumatizing for the child experiencing it.
What causes an epileptic seizure?
The most common forms of epilepsy in children are Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (LGS) and Dravet syndrome. Children may be genetically predisposed to either of these syndromes that cause terrible epileptic seizures, or they may suffer brain trauma after birth – a lack of oxygen or serious infection – which results in the onset of seizures. During a seizure, brain cells in one area of the brain become excited and begin to fire uncontrollably. The sporadic activity can then spread to other areas of the brain and cause the child to convulse. Episodes can last for anywhere from a few seconds to a few minutes.
How does CBD affect children with epilepsy?
Medical doctors have been exploring the possibility of treating childhood epilepsy with cannabinoids – specifically cannabidiol (CBD). While studies of CBD’s effectiveness are still in their infancy, the results are promising. CBD acts as an inhibitor to the enzymes that break down endocannabinoids, allowing them to bind to cannabinoid receptors in the brain and regulate synaptic activity. In double-blind case studies, patients who received CBD to prevent their seizures reported a 40% decrease in epileptic activity.
What methods can we use to treat children with CBD?
Treating children with CBD has been met with opposition and controversy. This is mainly due to the perception that kids shouldn’t be getting high. And that’s the good news, because CBD doesn’t get you high. When extracted from the hemp plant and purified into an oil or tincture, the resulting concentrate is void of any psychoactive compounds. THC is the main psychoactive compound people are familiar with, but it can only be produced by the female marijuana plant, whereas hemp is male.
CBD can be administered to children in ways that are socially acceptable and safe?
• It can be infused into gummy candies
• Tinctures can be administered sublingually, in drops
• It can be infused into an ointment or salve for your child after bath-time
• The oil can be used to cook delicious cookies and treats
CBD is a powerful new way to treat epilepsy
The body of research on CBD’s effectiveness with childhood epilepsy is constantly growing. It’s a revolutionary way to help parents rest easy, knowing their child won’t have to undergo a potentially devastating episode. Cannabidiol is a viable tool in our arsenal against sickness; as such, it should be taken into consideration when all else seems to not be working. Concerned parents can find valuable research online and consult with their local caregiver when looking for the necessary answers. No child should be forced to suffer through epilepsy and CBD can be the medicine that makes the monumental difference between an enjoyable childhood and a hospital bed.
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