“Desperate time’s calls for desperate measures” goes the saying. This could be proof to why a lot of harmful medications keep flooding the streets. A whole lot of folks are not willing to go for the best medications or rather, formal and safer treatments due to reasons that are best known to them. stigmatization and cost of medications have driven the average patient to sought for cheaper routes to their wellness. The whole world could simply look the other way and throw the ‘I don’t care attitude’. But not when the effects of such medications become threats to the society.
What is CBD?
This is not a medical journal! no need throwing up medical terms and phrases. In simple plain terms, CBD (Cannabidiol) is an extract from cannabis. Now don’t get uneasy, this is not an anti-drug addiction campaign. CBD is actually a non-psychoactive drug that has various medical applications. It is the most prevalent chemical compound found in the cannabis plant. Now any drug that can directly affect the brain (positively) is definitely a gold mine. The most common source of CBD is Hemp or Industrial Hemp and Medical Marijuana. While marijuana itself is dedicated towards medicinal uses, hemp has other fields of application.
Why is this so important?
The human brain is made up of numerous receptors. These receptors have a shared means of communication which is a chemical signal called neurotransmitters. CBD comes into play in that it is a messenger too, just like the natural chemical signals. Meaning it can convey ‘messages’ amongst the neutrons in the brain. This guy can, in summary, infiltrate the brain system, adapt to the environment and begin to act as a neurotransmitter, just like the chemical signals man was born with.
CBD has shown promise as a compound with properties like anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, neuroprotectant, anxiolytic, antidepressant, analgesic, ant-tumoral agent, antipsychotic and so on. Now, in case these are terms too abstract to place in context, an application of CBD in everyday life might help. From epilepsy and cigarette addiction to acne, diabetes, PTSD, schizophrenia, and Insomnia, CBD has proven a resilient David to these goliaths.
Epilepsy as a case study
Epilepsy is a medical condition in which the victim experiences vigorous shakings ranging from a short undetectable period of time to long periods. Many times, these experiences could lead to severe physical injuries and sometimes black out. Most studies have shown that this seizure occurs mostly amongst children and could be caused by brain injuries, strokes, tumours etc. very known causes have been traced to genetic mutations and many experts believe that it is not hereditary.
Medically, a seizure is defined as an uncontrolled electrical activity in the human brain, which often leads to thought disturbances, physical convulsion, minor physical signs, or a combination of all. this can be classified as a disability because it often times interferes with the patient’s ability to lead a normal life.
The CBD solution
CBD, arguably, has proven itself as one of the most effective ways to combat epilepsy. Its ability to quickly get involved the brain’s neurotransmission is a big strong point in this case. It also curbs addiction to drugs often found amongst people with psychoactive disorders. A lot of epileptic patients have resorted to alcohol to cure the stigma that fills their mind and the seemingly unrecoverable situation they have found themselves. Medical experts often times recommend CBD as the first ‘go to the drug when epileptic situations become severe. Rehabilitation process starts sometimes with hemp-derived CBD and moves on to marijuana derived CBD due to its high THC content.
Not all that glitter is gold
How epilepsy became the fourth most common neurological disorder is a headline for another day, but CBD is definitely not always the best way to go. Although science has proven that side effects of CBD vary based on the different human body chemistry, yet there are symptoms that have been found prevalent in most users of CBD. Epilepsy is simply irregular seizures which could last for just about an hour. Its patient definitely wants to get up and running immediately after each episode.
This is not possible with CBD. One of the major side effects of CBD is tiredness. After intake, patients have been known to experience zero desire to get busy or back to work. Definitely not good for the breadwinner. Also, as would be expected of an off shoot of cannabis, loss of appetite and weight has been a very commonly reported side effect. This is not to discard the effectiveness of using CBD to treat epilepsy, but rather than cure epilepsy at the cost of losing good working hours, it would be advisable to go for medications that have fewer side effects.