Epilepsy is one of the most common conditions that can be treated with medical marijuana. There are many cases of epilepsy in the world, and clinical trials are underway in many countries. In this article, I will tell you more about epilepsy and medical marijuana.
Why medical marijuana is said to be effective for epilepsy
One of the reasons why CBD and other cannabis-derived products are said to be effective in treating epilepsy is because of their effect on the cannabinoid receptors in the brain.
Cannabinoid receptors are concentrated in the core nervous system, and when combined with CBD, they are expected to have an antiepileptic effect.
There are many types of epilepsy, but the most common is medial temporal lobe epilepsy. The most common type of epilepsy is medial temporal lobe epilepsy, which occurs when the hippocampus, the part of the brain responsible for memory and emotions, hardens due to cellular abnormalities.
Seizures and convulsions occur when the surrounding cells become excited.
When mice with medial temporal lobe epilepsy were treated with cannabinoids, including CBD, the hippocampal cells were protected and the activity of the abnormal cells that cause the seizures was reduced.
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Epilepsy cured in one case!
Charlotte, the girl with intractable epilepsy who was the catalyst for the explosion of CBD in the US, is one of those who overcame her epilepsy with cannabis-derived products.
Charlotte, who is only two years old, suffers from seizures 300 times a week, more than twice an hour. She was treated for epilepsy with a variety of chemical drugs. But not only were they ineffective, the side effects made it difficult for her to walk or even eat.
At that time, he started epilepsy treatment with medical marijuana, and his seizures stopped immediately.
At that time, there were not many states in the U.S. where medical marijuana was allowed, but it is said that patients suffering from intractable epilepsy and their families migrated to this country.
Thus, there are many cases in the world where children suffering from epileptic seizures in their small bodies have had their symptoms dramatically improved by medical marijuana.
Can medical marijuana become the standard treatment for epilepsy?
Anti-epileptic drugs currently used in the treatment of epilepsy are designed to reduce the frequency and severity of seizures, not to treat the root of the problem. They are strong chemicals that have severe side effects and are ineffective in about one in three people.
In this respect, medical marijuana treatment can make a dramatic difference for some patients.
Of course, there are some patients who do not benefit from medical marijuana, but there are more cases of improvement.
Despite the fact that dozens of treatments have been developed in the past few decades, the number of patients has not decreased. With this in mind, there are high hopes for medical marijuana that uses CBD and cannabinoids.
Epidiolex, a cannabis-derived epilepsy drug developed in the UK, is now being approved as an insured prescription drug in other countries.
In Japan as well, the Japan Epilepsy Society is currently requesting the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare to conduct clinical trials of this drug. There may be a day in the near future when the first medical marijuana in Japan will be approved.