CBD oil and epilepsy in the UK, Marijuana-based treatments for epilepsy namely CBD OIL.
This is a hot topic and rightly so, We have all seen about CBD oil and the amazing results in CERTAIN treatments.
To most people cannabis is an illegal drug that is taken as a recreational pass time to make the user feel ‘high’.
CBD does nothing of the kind, It is only the THC content of the cannabis plant that alters the participators state of mind.
CBD oil and epilepsy in the UK.
However that is slightly going off this topic “CBD oil and epilepsy in the UK” so lets us just focus on that at present.
CBD or cannabidiol is another component found in cannabis. Recent studies into CBD-based treatments have shown promising results for reducing seizures in children with severe epilepsies such as Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut.
There have also been stories in the media about unregulated cannabis oil containing both THC and CBD.
There is anecdotal evidence of cannabis oil containing both THC and CBD reducing seizures in some children with rare and severe epilepsy.
This form of CBD and THC combined is available in certain states of America and Canada but is not legal in the UK.
It is vital that you talk to your doctor or health professional before making any changes to your epilepsy medication.
CBD oil and epilepsy in the UK.What we are doing.
Epilepsy Action has looked long and hard at the available scientific evidence around cannabis based treatments for epilepsy. We also listened to people who believe cannabis based treatments have reduced their seizures.
Statement 1 – CBD-based medicines (licensed medicinal cannabis)
Epilepsy Action is encouraged by the recent research findings into the use of Epidiolex in the treatment of some rare epilepsies.
We hope licence applications for its use are successful. and we would also like to see it become an additional treatment option for clinicians treating people with challenging epilepsies.
But we do note however it is not a magic bullet and is unlikely to be effective for all people with epilepsy.
Epilepsy Action encourages more research into CBD-based medicines in other hard-to-treat epilepsies.
Statement 2 – CBD-based oils (unlicensed medicinal cannabis, CBD based)
At Epilepsy Action, we hear from some people with epilepsy that CBD-based oils have been effective in helping reduce their seizures.
Epilepsy Action believes individuals and their parents or carers have to make their own decision as to whether or not to use CBD-based oils. We strongly encourage any that do to inform their health professional. It is not clear how safe or effective CBD-based oils are in treating epilepsy and Epilepsy Action welcomes more research into this area.
Unlicensed preparations of CBD-based oil may not be produced to the same standards as licenced CBD-based medicines. This could affect the purity and CBD content of particular preparations. CBD may interact with a person’s epilepsy medicine. This could result in increased side-effects or increased seizures.
Epilepsy Action advises that people with epilepsy should not stop taking any conventional medicines, whatever the impact of taking a CBD-based oil, without seeking advice from their clinician.
Statement 3 – High-THC treatments (unlicensed medicinal cannabis, THC based)
Epilepsy Action does not know whether or not high-THC treatments should be used in the treatment of epilepsy. They are unlicensed and there is a serious lack of evidence about whether high-THC treatments are safe or effective in treating epilepsy. There is, however, evidence that THC can make seizures worse and cause other serious side-effects, such as psychosis.
Epilepsy Action believes clinicians should be able to request a licence for the use of high-THC treatments in individual cases. This would be where there are grounds to believe it may be beneficial and where treatment follows strict research guidelines overseen by a suitably qualified and experienced epilepsy clinician.
Epilepsy Action encourages more research to understand how safe and effective THC-based treatments are in treating epilepsy.
Statement 4 – Legalisation of cannabis
Epilepsy Action does not have a position in relation to the legalisation of cannabis. We believe this is a wider political debate for the general public, politicians and government
Epilepsy Action does not believe it is appropriate for us as an organisation to take a position on the legality of cannabis more generally.
CBD oil and epilepsy in the UK
The information below I got from the NHS website itself,
Can I get a prescription for medical cannabis?
Very few people in England are likely to get a prescription for medical cannabis.
Currently, it is only likely to be prescribed for the following conditions:
- children and adults with rare, severe forms of epilepsy
- adults with vomiting or nausea caused by chemotherapy
And it would only be considered when other treatments weren’t suitable or hadn’t helped.
Epidiolex for children and adults with epilepsy
Epidiolex is a highly purified liquid containing CBD (cannabidiol).
CBD is a chemical substance found in cannabis that has medical benefits.
It won’t get you high, because it doesn’t contain THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the chemical in cannabis that makes you high.
Epidiolex is not yet licensed in the UK but is currently going through the licensing system.
In the meantime, the unlicensed medication can be prescribed for patients with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome (both rare forms of epilepsy).
I really hope that you have found the information here beneficial for yourself or someone you know suffering with epilepsy.
My reason for the research is for a young lady I brought up who suffers with terrible seizures, but gets little help, other than pharmaceutical drugs that space her out.
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