Epilepsy is characterized by disturbed nerve cell activity in the brain that results in seizures, and research shows cannabis, and specifically its cannabinoid CBD, can act as an anticonvulsant to offer seizure relief. One study from the Virginia Commonwealth University Department of Neurology found that cannabis can combine with and activate the CB1 receptors in our brain in order to reduce seizure activity. A 2013 study published in Epilepsy & Behavior found CBD-enriched cannabis helped reduce seizures in 84% of the child with epilepsy who participated in the study.
Most studies revolve around CBD's interaction with epilepsy, but another cannabinoid, THC, can work in tangent with antiepileptic drugs to enhance their benefits and reduce their side effects. There are many patients who suffer from intractable forms of epilepsy that are unresponsive to traditional drugs. For these patients, a study found in The Lancet Neurology found CBD reduces seizures at a rate that compares to existing medications. Lastly, a study published in Epilepsy Behavior found oral cannabis extracts benefited seizure control for half of the children who participated, and it also boosted their alertness and improved overall behavior.
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