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Marijuana and Epilepsy

Could a plant that was introduced to the United States by early settlers provide relief for people with epilepsy today? Marijuana (Cannabis sativa) has been grown in the United States since the early 1700s. Settlers brought the plant from Europe to produce hemp. Its use as a medicine was recorded in a reference book from 1850 titled “United States Pharmacopeia”.

According to a recent paper in The Journal of the International League Against Epilepsy (Epilepsia), marijuana was used to treat a variety of conditions in ancient China as far back as 2,700 B.C. They included:

There is also evidence it was used in medieval times to treat:

  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • epilepsy
  • inflammation
  • pain
  • fever

Marijuana was given the status of a “schedule 1” drug class in the U.S. in 1970. As a result, studying how safe and effective it is as a medicine has been difficult for researchers.

Many people suffering from epilepsy say marijuana stops their seizures, but there is little scientific evidence. Researchers must apply for a special license from the Drug Enforcement Administration in order to study marijuana. They need permission to access to a supply kept by the National Institute for Drug Abuse. These challenges have slowed research.

However, there have been a handful of studies conducted in the U.S. since 1970. Other studies, even some ongoing, have been done around the world.

The findings reveal that the most well-known active ingredient in marijuana, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), is just one of a group of compounds which have medicinal effects. Another, known as cannabidiol (CBD), does not cause the “high” associated with marijuana. It is emerging as one of the plant’s leading medicinal compounds.

Based on these initial studies, there are many studies currently ongoing throughout the US and other countries that are trying to answer the question of whether a drug formulation of CBD can help control seizures.

Both THC and CBD are in a group of substances called cannabinoids. They bind to receptors in the brain and are effective against pain associated with conditions like multiple sclerosis and HIV/AIDS. By attaching to receptors, they block the transmission of pain signals. CBD binds to more than just pain receptors. It appears to work on other signaling systems within the brain and has protective and anti-inflammatory properties.

Exactly how it works in epilepsy isn’t fully understood. But there have been small studies that show the results of using CBD. Studies of mice published in Epilepsia have shown mixed results. While some found CBD was effective against seizures, others did not. This may be due to the way the drug was given, since some methods work better than others.

The idea of using the compounds found in marijuana to treat epilepsy is gaining appeal. Researchers must confirm its effectiveness, and solve the problem of strength and how to give it. Potency can vary widely from plant to plant. Inhaling the drug versus eating CBD can alter the strength as well.

While there is a mounting consensus among people with epilepsy that medicinal marijuana is effective, researchers caution that the side effects need to be better understood. It’s also not known how CBD might interact with other medications.

Like most anti-seizure medications, marijuana has been shown to affect memory. This might lead to missed doses, which can mean that seizures return. A study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences suggested that cannabis use in children can result in a measurable drop in cognitive abilities.

Side effects might also depend on how the drug is taken. Smoking it would pose a risk to the lungs, while eating it would not.

Talk to your doctor if you are suffering from epileptic seizures and are not responding to traditional treatments. They can explain your options and provide information about medical marijuana use if you live in a state that allows it.

There are still other options if your state has no provision law for medical marijuana. Your doctor can share the latest research news with you and help you determine if a clinical trial for new forms of treatment or therapy might be right for you.

Last medically reviewed on November 9, 2017

Some people who suffer from epilepsy believe that marijuana stops their seizures. Two compounds found in the drug, THC and CBD, may have medical benefits.

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marijuana related seizures.. or something else?

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Re: marijuana related seizures.. or something else?

Marijuana in epilepsy can be a complicated matter. More important, is exactly what you are smoking. Marijuana from the street is intended to make people high, and is not medical grade. You may be smoking a plant that has been sprayed with insecticides, and anti-fungals. Fungus loves marijuana because the seeds have lot of nutritive oil. Marijuna also has a lot of places that are dark and moist. Insects also like the plant. Fungus is a major problem for growers, the fungus kills the plant and the buds. Anti-fungal toxins are sprayed on the plant, as well as insectacides. Other chemicals are added to the plant, and sometimes chemicals are added to make a better ‘high’.

There are many metabolites of marijuana. The two that most affects your high is 9 delta THC.

Marijuana has been bred in many strains, to produce better highs, and to increase yield.

The problem in epilepsy is that THC, in high levels (levels make make a really nice high), TRIGGER seizures. Too many hits for too long will trigger seizures. Marijuana as a medicine can work, but only if you use a strain of marijuana that may be therapeutic in epilepsy.

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Re: marijuana related seizures.. or something else?

I have complex partial sez, when I do smoke it makes me not have the sez when I feel it comming on. So It works for some people not for others. Matter fact I have smoked after two sez a 1 o clock and 11 30 early morn. I smoked and now feel evened out. Helps with aniexty and stress too which causes sez for me. So in ded it is a good thing for me.

Re: marijuana related seizures.. or something else?

to be honest it doesnt seem like you have epilepsy. that happens to my friends all the time. it seems like you just like over exert yourself when your smoking. Just dont go without food or sleep if you smoke alot andif it happens again then you should definitely see a doctor about it

Re: marijuana related seizures.. or something else?

How about stop smoking pot. I hear you lose brain cells..you are only 19 so you have some time yet..my brother in law smoked pot his whole life and he is 46 now and dumber than a box of rocks. Just wnated to put in my two cents worth.

Re: marijuana related seizures.. or something else?

Ive been smoking since i was 14 years old and my first seizure was about two months after that. Ive just recently quit after 12 years and I’ve been seizure free for over two months now and am beginning to ween myself off the meds and still have been yet to have a seizure. I am skeptical to the whole marijuana and epilepsy treatment but then again there many drugs that are taken that can give you adverse effects. Im pissed thats its taken me so lonng to figure it outtt like a retttarrrddddd but on the other hand im glad i caught it before brain damage was horribly irreversible. So there is a possibility of it causing seizures and not just treating them thanks for listening and GLTA its been one hell of a ride.

Re: marijuana related seizures.. or something else?

I was diagnosed with Temporal Lobe Epilepsy in October of 1999 after I began having grand mal seizures in 1998. I had taken several anti-seizures drugs but I don’t feel so fit to them. Until I tried marijuana which I’d taken 2-3 grams of it every day and in combination with my other therapies. Since I am not a Doctor and expert on this field, I can’t say it’s advisable but I know what marijuana does is to prevent me from having those seizures. Instant Tax Solutions

CBD from Marijuana will help with Seizures!!

My name is Jordan. Born in 1994. I’m 23 years old now. Been smoking marijuana since I was 13. Always made me feel better in life. Still does in small doses, and CBD ingestion from the plant!(Will explain) I was diagnosed with Epilepsy when I was 17, when I had my first seizure in the middle of my senior year in high school. After having MRI scans, and having much more seizures, they said it was from a benign tumor, I’ve had since birth, in my Left Temporal Lobe. Been having seizures for 6 years now. All the pharmaceuticals I tried (Keppra, Depakote, etc.) didn’t work for me, and had horrible side effects on me! Which triggered my seizures more from the horrible side effects they gave me! Until I had found out about CBD ingestion from marijuana and hemp! Dropped all my pharmaceuticals and started to only take CBD edibles. I then had much less seizures and they weren’t as bad! (Gran Mals compared to Small Seizures). From deep research, I have found out our body actually has cannabinoid receptors. And CBD from Marijuana actually helps us and makes us more healthy! (Do personal research yourself for more CBD information). After finally finding out the benign tumor, in my brain, was actually making a wall to my brain cells traveling to other parts of my brain, which caused my seizures. I had to have brain surgery a year ago to make a small incision on the tumor to help my brain cells move. Which has not cured my Epilepsy. But has mad it much better! Having much less seizures and nowhere near as bad as they were!(No more back-to-back gran mal seizures!). What I have to say for final note is Marijuana does help, and is actually good for us! Just use it correctly. Eating CBD edibles is better than smoking CBD. You can still smoke, if strong highs from cannabis slightly trigger your seizures! (Try vaping at low temperatures to get high, not as strong, more clear-headed, and healthier!) It is what I started doing. And I also recommend the hand held vaporizer I use from a company called Pax. I have so much to say with what I have gone through! But if you need more information, let me know!

CBD from Marijuana will help with Seizures!!

My name is Jordan. Born in 1994. I’m 23 years old now. Been smoking marijuana since I was 13. Always made me feel better in life. Still does in small doses, and CBD ingestion from the plant!(Will explain) I was diagnosed with Epilepsy when I was 17, when I had my first seizure in the middle of my senior year in high school. After having MRI scans, and having much more seizures, they said it was from a benign tumor, I’ve had since birth, in my Left Temporal Lobe. Been having seizures for 6 years now. All the pharmaceuticals I tried (Keppra, Depakote, etc.) didn’t work for me, and had horrible side effects on me! Which triggered my seizures more from the horrible side effects they gave me! Until I had found out about CBD ingestion from marijuana and hemp! Dropped all my pharmaceuticals and started to only take CBD edibles. I then had much less seizures and they weren’t as bad! (Gran Mals compared to Small Seizures). From deep research, I have found out our body actually has cannabinoid receptors. And CBD from Marijuana actually helps us and makes us more healthy! (Do personal research yourself for more CBD information). After finally finding out the benign tumor, in my brain, was actually making a wall to my brain cells traveling to other parts of my brain, which caused my seizures. I had to have brain surgery a year ago to make a small incision on the tumor to help my brain cells move. Which has not cured my Epilepsy. But has mad it much better! Having much less seizures and nowhere near as bad as they were!(No more back-to-back gran mal seizures!). What I have to say for final note is Marijuana does help, and is actually good for us! Just use it correctly. Eating CBD edibles is better than smoking CBD. You can still smoke, if strong highs from cannabis slightly trigger your seizures! (Try vaping at low temperatures to get high, not as strong, more clear-headed, and healthier!) It is what I started doing. And I also recommend the hand held vaporizer I use from a company called Pax. I have so much to say with what I have gone through! But if you need more information, let me know!

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