If you’re the parent of a child with epilepsy, you probably want nothing more than for the seizures to stop. Unfortunately, conventional medicine doesn’t always hold the answers. About a third of epilepsy patients do not respond to their medication, and those that do, may also encounter a host of side effects such as agitation, tremors and drowsiness.
Clinical studies show CBD reduces seizures
It’s little wonder then there is so much excitement about the anticonvulsant effect of CBD, the non-psychoactive compound in cannabis. Clinical trials are now backing up what many patients have known for years, that CBD can reduce seizures with next to no side effects.
For some, the results have been so dramatic they have gone public, telling all that will listen about how their child’s life have been transformed thanks to CBD. Charlotte Figi was the first high profile case to capture the public imagination featuring in the CNN documentary ‘Weed’. But since then we’ve seen the likes of Katelyn Lambert in Australia whose millionaire grandfather Barry donated $33.7 million to cannabinoid research, and little Ava Barry, whose mother Vera has moved the world with her tireless campaign to change the hearts and minds of the Irish government.
What undoubtedly grabs the headlines are the amazing reductions in seizures, in some instances dropping from hundreds a week to almost zero, as in the case of Charlotte Figi. The most dramatic cases tend to be children with the rare form of epilepsy, Dravet Syndrome. Most young Dravet sufferers are learning disabled, as there is an inevitable link between the number of seizures experienced and the degree of developmental delay. Just imagine the damage done to a child’s brain if they have just one grand mal seizure, let alone if several happen on a daily basis.
So it would make sense that by lessening the amount of seizures, some improvements in a child’s intellectual and emotional development would also be observed, Something that has been confirmed in the testimonials of many parents of Dravet children who have been given CBD.
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We’re seeing another side of Ava
Back in November last year, I spoke to Vera Twomey about the changes she saw after giving CBD to 7-year-old Ava.
“She was standing up straighter,” recalls Vera, “she was making more eye contact and the next thing in a family joke, Ava’s giggling just like the other kids. She had never laughed like that before.
“She’s so much better. We’re seeing another side of Ava. We always knew she was beautiful and wonderful, but she’s just able to put her point across a little bit more.”
An experience echoed by Joy Lambert, the grandmother of 5-year-old Katelyn, another Dravet sufferer who shared with Endoca, “I’ve seen such a difference in Katelyn since she’s been on the CBD. She’s happier, she’s more alert, she goes to preschool.”