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Epilepsy and Natural Treatments: Myths vs. Facts

Treating Epilepsy With CBD

CBD, known scientifically as cannabidiol, is one of the many cannabinoids that comes from the cannabis or hemp plant. The term CBD is often associated with marijuana, which is why many misconceptions surround how it’s used to treat epilepsy. Here are 5 common myths and the real facts that you need to know:

Myth #1 - Treating My Epilepsy with CBD will Cause me to “Get High”

Since CBD does not contain THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), a psychoactive cannabinoid found in marijuana, it will not cause patients who are using CBD to treat epilepsy to “get high.”

Myth #2 - I Can Treat My Epilepsy By Smoking Marijuana

Smoking marijuana as a way to self-medicate is not an effective treatment for your epilepsy and is not recommended. If you have been diagnosed with a seizure disorder, it’s critical to consult a neurologist to learn what treatments will work best for your specific type of seizure disorder. CBD treatments for epilepsy are only FDA approved for those who are two years of age or older and have the following types of epilepsy.

  • Dravet Syndrome - patients will typically experience prolonged and frequent seizures
  • Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome (LG) - patients with LGS usually have tonic (stiffening) and atonic (drop) seizures.

Myth #3 - CBD is Addictive

CBD is not addictive since it does not contain THC. CBD is a way to treat seizures safely and naturally. CBD treatments work by targeting and influencing brain receptors that trigger a seizure.

Myth # 4 - CBD Kills Brain Cells

No, CBD does not kill brain cells. As mentioned above, when CBD is used to treat seizures, it works by disrupting brain receptors when a seizure is triggered.

Myth #5 - All CBD Has No Side-Effects

Just like any prescriptions or over-the-counter drugs, CBD may have some side-effects. It’s important to understand that your neurologist will do a full examination and diagnostic tests to determine if CBD treatments for your epilepsy is right for you. Some of the most common side effects of CBD include:

  • Sleepiness
  • Diarrhea
  • Fatigue
  • Decreased appetite

If you are worried about side-effects, keep an open dialog with your neurologist so your concerns can be addressed.

Contact a Neurologist About CBD Treatments for Epilepsy

If you or a loved one suffers from seizures, there are many effective natural treatment options for epilepsy, including CBD, that can be used to help manage your episodes. Consulting a neurologist that has experience with CBD treatments can help you determine if this treatment is right for you. Patients who can limit their seizures can live a better quality of life.

We are committed to helping our patients learn about CBD treatments. Contact Amor Mehta MD - Neurology Center for Epilepsy & Seizures, LLC at (732) 800-4587 today to find out how we can help you prevent or limit the occurrence of seizures.

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