Epilepsy is a neurological condition affecting roughly one in one hundred people. There are different types of epilepsy and seizures. Depending on the area of focus within the brain, there are a range of seizures that epileptic patients suffer, from brief – almost unnoticeable – lapses in consciousness known as “absence” seizures to full body convulsions known as “grand mal” seizures, with many
stages in between. Most seizures are heralded by an “aura” of altered behavior and sensitivity to light and sound, and seizures can occur without obvious cause, or be triggered by stress, sleep deficiency, low blood sugar, certain kinds of strobe lights, or even boredom. Some of the common causes of epilepsy include birth injury, viral attacks, head traumas and hormonal imbalances, but it can also be idiopathic – which means there is no known cause.
Medical Cannabis and Seizures/Epilepsy Some epileptics find that marijuana controls their seizure without causing the physical and psychological depression typical of pharmaceutical therapies. Animal studies indicate that several cannabinoids not found in the synthetic THC will have notable anticonvulsant properties. CBD, one of several medicinal compounds not available by prescription, has demonstrated the ability to control partial seizures. Marijuana is the only source of CBD and other cannabinoids that may help control seizures. The fact that CBD-rich cannabis doesn’t get one high makes it an appealing treatment option for patients seeking anti-inflammatory, anti-pain, anti-anxiety, anti-psychotic, and/or anti-spasm effects without troubling lethargy or depression. The anticonvulsant properties of marijuana might be the oldest of its known medical benefits. Marijuana was used as a medicine for epilepsy by people in ancient societies in Africa, India, China, Rome and Greece. Written testimonies of marijuana’s usefulness appeared in Western scientific journals in the 19th century.