Epilepsy Articles September 2020

EWCT brings you the latest news on epilepsy-related articles

  1. Cannabidiol (CBD) does not cause a high. CBD and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) are two of the most well-known compounds isolated from the Cannabis sativa plant. It is THC, not CBD, that creates the ‘high-feeling’ people associate with cannabis use.

    This article discusses the differences between CBD and THC and explains why these compounds produce such drastically different effects in people.

    In 2017 the WHO wrote an article on cbd, which you can read here.

  2. Medsafe is reminding healthcare professionals that some medicines need to be prescribed by brand.

    Changing brands of anti-epileptic medications should be avoided if possible. Medsafe recommends prescribers follow the UK Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency’s (MHRA) advice on switching brands of antiepileptic medicines.

    Checking with patients which brand of anti-epileptic medications they are taking and prescribing by brand will help to ensure patients receive the brand they are stabilised on.

    The MHRA guidelines are found here.

  3. How does drinking alcohol affect epilepsy?

    “Many people diagnosed with epilepsy have been told that alcohol and epilepsy should never mix because alcohol can trigger seizures. Many doctors and pharmacists recommend total abstinence from drinking, if possible.”

    “…Research shows that a drink or two does not increase seizure activity. Electroencephalogram (EEG) tests show brain activity remains the same, as long as the amount of alcohol ingested is small.”

    Read more about how alcohol can affect epilepsy here.