How marijuana controls seizures

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CBD’s potential for suppressing seizures is phenomenal

It also started with one little girl. Charlotte Figi suffered from constant seizures that were not able to be treated by any traditional method. Desperate to find a solution, her parents administered medical cannabis with a high dose of cannabidiol (CBD) and there was an immediate improvement. She went from 300 seizures per week to only two or three per month.

A seizure occurs when electrical activity in the brain gets out of sync and the neurons all fire repeatedly at the same time. Seizures can be associated with a number of diseases, including epilepsy, and, until now, haven’t had any definitive treatment.

Cannabis contains over 85 different chemical compounds. These cannabinoids, which include CBD and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), contain anticonvulsant properties that help to drastically reduce the possibility of seizures. Most of the properties can be found in the CBD cannabinoid.

CBD targets different components in the brain, such as calcium ion channels, receptor and glutamate receptor antagonists, sodium ion channels and more. It is able to affect the neurotransmitters that are responsible for sending messages or can attach themselves directly to the neurons. This allows the ion flow within the brain to be altered, resulting in the increased regulation of neuron activity.

The marijuana industry is just scratching the surface of the benefits of compounds found in cannabis. There have already been a number of important advances made, and this will only continue with further international research and marijuana acceptance.