CBD: Changing the Way We Treat Seizures and Other Neurological Disorders

You may be surprised to learn that using cannabidiol (CBD) to treat medical conditions is not new. It’s not a trend or a fad. According to a peer-reviewed article published in the distinguished British Journal of Pharmacology, scientists have been researching the pharmacological benefits of CBD since the 1940s — decades after the compound was first identified in cannabis.

Big Pharma: Profits Over Patients?

Today, there are numerous documented cases involving patients suffering from seizures and other neurological disorders who experienced dramatic reductions in their symptoms after treatment with CBD. When it comes to pharmaceuticals, “newer” is not always “better.” Case in point? The world’s first true antibiotic (penicillin) was discovered in the 1920s. It’s still a go-to treatment for myriad bacterial infections.

On the other hand, Xarelto a relatively new (FDA approved in 2011) and slickly marketed drug prescribed to prevent blood clots is just one of many examples of drugs subject to class-action lawsuits because they’re dangerous. CBD is neither new nor dangerous, and research proves it’s effective.

CBD: An Effective, Natural Approach to Treating Neurological Disorders

There’s a compelling, growing body of research that CBD is a beneficial treatment for seizures and other neurological disorders. Here are just a few examples:

  • Lennox-Gastaut is a rare, notoriously tough-to-treat syndrome that often develops in young children. Dangerous, disabling seizures are one side effect of this disease. Results of a study testing CBD on 225 patients with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome were presented at the 2017 American Academy of Neurology annual meeting. The conclusion? Supplementing traditional treatments with CBD significantly reduced the frequency of patients’ seizures.
  • Patients with epilepsy (primarily a subset of epilepsy called Dravet syndrome) suffer from violent and persistent seizures. Research has shown that for people with epilepsy, kids especially, CBD reduces the frequency and duration of seizures without causing harmful side effects.
  • A study published in the March 2015 issue of the Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow & Metabolism concluded that CBDs significantly reduced the volume of lesions resulting from inadequate blood supply suffered by stroke patients. In other words, stroke patients treated with CBDs experienced improved function.
  • The prestigious American Academy of Neurology studied the effect of CBD and other types of medical marijuana on various neurological disorders. The academy concluded that CBD reduces the occurrence and severity of several symptoms associated with multiple sclerosis, including chronic muscle tightness and muscle pain. Research evaluating CBD’s effects on Tourette's syndrome, cervical dystonia and Huntington's disease symptoms is ongoing.