Stress Can Cause Seizures – CBD Instead

Stress Can Cause Seizures

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Did you know that stress can cause you to experience physical symptoms? It makes sense because when you get embarrassed, you might blush. When you get sad, you might cry. Some people can experience a seizure that looks like an epileptic seizure all from experiencing too much stress.

What Are Non-Epileptic Seizures

An electrical surge in the brain causes epileptic seizures. It causes unconsciousness and convulsions which are what we label as seizures. People who have non-epileptic seizures can experience the convulsions and unconsciousness, but an electrical surge in the brain doesn't cause it. Instead, this event is caused by stress.

Non-epileptic seizures were once called pseudoseizures, but this label is misleading. These seizure-like events are very real and can have heavy effects on the person experiencing them. Doctors believe that this is a physical reaction to psychological stress and they also believe that these events are not purposefully produced.

How Do You Know If It Is Stress?

The first thing you need to do if you are losing consciousness or convulsing is go to the doctor. They can run a test with an EEG machine that scans your brain’s activity looking for electrical surges. With this test, they can determine what your seizures or events are coming from.

How To Prevent Non-Epileptic Seizures

Since these seizures happen when someone has reached their limit with stress, what you need to do is try to prevent yourself from reaching that point. Let yourself have a break and relax and eliminate stressors that are unnecessary.

You can also try using CBD oil as well. Studies show that it can help relieve you of stress by making it easier to manage your emotions. By elevating an endocannabinoid called anandamide, CBD hemp oil can help with stress by making the activity in your brain less influential, making it easier to handle everyday stress.


What are some ways that you decompress to relieve stress? We would love to hear about it in the comment section below!


Sarah Potts

Sarah Potts has been writing about the wonderful benefits of cannabis for CBD Instead since 2017. Medical cannabis has changed her life and her goal is to show others how it might help them as well.


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  • Hey Jen!
    I also had to get wired up to an EEG for a weekend while being attached to an EKG with cameras set up in my house to make sure that I wasn’t having seizures without knowing about it. My brain and heart were completely normal! Luckily, CBD calms my brain down and when I feel the anxiety start to rise I just dose real quick. I get you want to vent, it is very frustrating in the brain health world. Not a lot of people understand, even general practitioners! If you go to the neurologist, I would love to hear what they find out. I haven’t taken that avenue because I found a solution, but I also would love to see what’s actually happening in my head.
    Thank you for sharing!
    Sarah (CBD’s Writer!)

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  • I just started having non-epileptic seizures about a week ago. The first one that my husband called an ambulance for, the emt swore I was on some hard drugs…i was not. A few days later I had 2 back to back loss of bodily control, severly slurred speech, violently convulsing episodes (but still mostly aware of my surroundings). After 3 days in the hospital they found no medical reason for the seizures and advised me to follow up with a neurologist even after they performed CT scan, EKG and MRI (during which I had a massive panic attack) and found NOTHING. I feel like a visit to a neurologist is not the answer at this point. Why do medical professionals not understand non-epileptic seizures?! I’m extremely frustrated…sorry, just venting I guess.
    Jen on

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