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The Effects of Natural Treatments on Epilepsy

What Is CBD?

CBD, scientifically known as cannabidiol, is one of many cannabinoids that is derived from the cannabis or hemp plant. One misconception that surrounds CBD and its effects on epilepsy patients is that it will cause you to “get high.” Since CBD does not contain THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), a psychoactive cannabinoid found in marijuana, it will not cause you to get high.

How does CBD Help Epilepsy Patients?

CBD is FDA approved to treat seizures in individuals that are two years or older with the following types of epilepsy:

  • Dravet Syndrome - Typically individuals will experience frequent and prolonged seizures.
  • Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome (LGS) - People with LGS typically have tonic (stiffening) and atonic (drop) seizures.

Evidence from many studies has shown that CBD can help control and ease the occurrence of different types of seizures. The properties in CBD work by targeting and influencing certain receptors in the brain that can trigger a seizure.

Can I Smoke Marijuana to Manage My Epilepsy?

It is not recommended to self-medicate and control your seizures by smoking marijuana. When it comes to managing seizures, it’s critical to talk to a neurologist and learn if CBD treatment is right for you. Diagnostic testing and other procedures are needed to determine the best way to diagnose the type of epilepsy you have as well as the best way in which to treat it.

Consult a Neurologist About CBD Treatments for Epilepsy

If you or a loved one is suffering from seizures, know that there are many options to help manage your episodes. Consulting a neurologist that has experience with CBD treatments can make all the difference in helping you live a better quality of life through limiting seizures. We are committed to helping our patients learn about CBD and other treatments for epileptic seizures that are available to prevent or limit the occurrence of seizures.

Contact Amor Mehta MD - Neurology Center for Epilepsy & Seizures, LLC at (732) 800-4587 today to learn more about how we can help you prevent or limit the occurrence of seizures.