Epilepsy or in general fits is caused by a sudden disturbance in the electrical activity of the brain. The resulting seizures can present themselves in various ways depending on the part of brain affected. Tonic-Clonic is the well-known and generalised epileptic seizure which affects the whole brain.
What happens during Seizure?
A Seizure is usually recognized by involuntary jerking of the body and in severe cases they may often results in the partial or total loss of consciousness or experience convulsions.
Why is Seizure caused?
The cause of seizure is unknown. However conditions like stroke, head injuries, brain infections or tumors, low blood sugar, aura, anti-psychotic medications and addictive drug usage. Also the causes for non-epileptic seizures include medical conditions like diabetes, heart and mental health conditions.
A new study revealed that a drug derived from cannabis offers new hope to people with untreatable forms of epilepsy. The cannabidiol compound extracted from Cannabis reduced convulsive seizures by almost 40% in young aged and children having major epileptic conditions. However, the debilitating fits could be prevented altogether.
Britain and US based GW Pharmaceuticals – The drug’s manufacturer funded the trial carried out by independent researchers. The company with the brand name Epidiolex is expected to file the drug with the US regulators and European Medicines Agency for authorized approval.
A research on epilepsy treatment using Cannabis has been published in the New England Journal of Medicine. There has been a promising ability to control seizures as per the article published in Consumer Reports.
Research experts still do not understand exactly how the compound controls epilepsy symptoms. Future research can bring out the drug’s full potential for better application. Research scientists from Columbia University analyzed data of participants in the CDC – National Center for Health Statistics – National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey conducted in partnership with the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP).