Epilepsy & Seizures

Medical cannabis has shown promising benefits in managing epilepsy and reducing the frequency and severity of seizures. Here are some potential benefits of using medical cannabis for epilepsy and seizures:

  • Seizure reduction: Cannabidiol (CBD), a non-psychoactive compound found in medical cannabis, has gained attention for its potential anti-seizure properties. In some cases, CBD has been found to significantly reduce the frequency and severity of seizures, particularly in certain forms of epilepsy, such as Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome.
  • Anticonvulsant properties: CBD and other cannabinoids found in medical cannabis have demonstrated anticonvulsant properties in preclinical and clinical studies. They may help regulate electrical activity in the brain and reduce the likelihood and intensity of seizures.
  • Improved treatment-resistant epilepsy: Medical cannabis, particularly CBD-enriched products, has shown promise in managing treatment-resistant epilepsy. Treatment-resistant epilepsy refers to cases where traditional anti-seizure medications have been ineffective in controlling seizures. CBD-based medications like Epidiolex have been approved by the FDA for certain forms of treatment-resistant epilepsy.
  • Reduction of seizure-related complications: Seizures can have various detrimental effects on individuals, including injuries, cognitive impairments, and decreased quality of life. By reducing seizure frequency and severity, medical cannabis may help minimize these complications and improve overall well-being.
  • Potential neuroprotective effects: Some studies suggest that cannabinoids, including CBD, may have neuroprotective properties. This means they can potentially protect brain cells from damage and reduce inflammation, which may have implications for the long-term management of epilepsy and related neurologic conditions.