Blog: Epilepsy and Cannabis: What's the Story?
There is significant and compelling evidence to suggest that cannabis can help reduce or eliminate seizures in those suffering from epilepsy.
Like almost everything in the cannabis-as-medicine world, studies on humans are limited due to prohibition. As the world ‘wakes up’ to the enormous benefits of the healing plant, this is rapidly changing and much more research is being done. However, most of our evidence currently either comes from animal models or anecdotal accounts.
That doesn’t mean that we can dismiss what we are learning. People have been cultivating and using cannabis to naturally treat ailments for years, and there’s a good reason for that. Humans are set up to reap the benefits of this amazing plant due to our internal physiology, and that’s why it works so well for so many different conditions.
Epilepsy is one illness that cannabis is particularly effective for. In the book, Cannabis Revealed, the author Bonni Goldstein, M.D., notes that CBD, (the non-psychoactive component of cannabis) has been shown to be an anticonvulsant in 100% of animal studies. There is also a stunning amount of anecdotal evidence to suggest it’s efficacy in people, particularly in children. THC has more varied results but the majority of human patients report a reduction in the number of seizures while consuming it.
Here’s a link to the Epilepsy Foundation’s take on cannabis. You’ll find that they are also optimistic about its use to control seizures.
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