Epilepsy is a neurological disorder. There are 600,000 people with epilepsy living in the UK. That’s a similar figure to people living with autism. And four times higher than those living with Parkinsons. Every day, 87 people are diagnosed and one in every four people newly diagnosed with epilepsy is over the age of 65. One in every 220 children will have a diagnosis of epilepsy. CBD is used in pediatric epilepsy in children as young as 1 year old.
Chances are, if you are here reading this page then you already know what epilepsy is and you'd like to understand more about how CBD may provide a benefit. As such, we won't go into the full detail of what epilepsy is. However, Epilepsy Action is a great source of information should you want to read more about epilepsy.
Having said that, in order to explain how CBD might help those suffering from epilepsy, we do need to explain a few key characteristics of the disease.
Epilepsy is characterised by seizures, which occur as a result of brief brain dysfunction.
The cause of the disease is partly unknown, but the trigger, in part, could be due to an injury or a disorder (such as brain injuries, brain tumors, strokes or infections).
There are many different types of epilepsy: focal seizures, Rolando epilepsy, Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, dravet syndrome, West syndrome, tonic seizures and drop seizures, to name a few.
The particular symptoms depend on the type and intensity of the disease. They can range from a short absence to cramping and stiffening of the body. After that, the body can also start to twitch uncontrollably. Some patients also lose consciousness during a tonic-clonic seizure. In particularly bad cases, the patient suffers several seizures in succession without fully regaining consciousness. In this case, an emergency doctor should be called immediately.