Medical Marijuana and Epilepsy

As medical cannabis becomes more popular to treat chronic pain and other maladies, researchers are beginning to see the wider effects of the plant for different conditions. Epilepsy for instance has shown promising results from trials, so cannabis could offer a great alternative to the commonly prescribed opioids.

Epilepsy Overview

Epilepsy is a neurological disorder that causes seizures and can often go hand in hand with other medical conditions. Seizures can look different depending on the person from staring spells to collapsing on the floor and losing control over motor functions. Other symptoms can include loss of awareness, rapid movements, confusion, and fear.

Epilepsy can be caused by strokes, head injuries, or other head traumas. If you would like to read more about epilepsy feel free to visit the Epilepsy Foundation’s website to find out more.

This article is not meant as a way to self-diagnose you if you have epilepsy. If you suspect that you might suffer from this condition and have not been properly diagnosed, you should follow up with your primary care physician before considering how to manage your symptoms with cannabis.

What medical cannabis can do for epilepsy

According to a report published in 2018 in the U.S National Library of Medicine, “one-third of epileptic patients do not respond well to the conventional antiepileptic drugs.” Besides not responding well to the drugs, patients can run the risk of the other side effects of these drugs including addiction and more neurological problems. 

Medical cannabis can reduce that risk and potentially provide a safer alternative. The report continues to say that the cannabinoid CBD specifically has been found to reduce or even prevent seizures entirely in patients. 

In addition to the management of seizures in people who are epileptic, medical cannabis has been reported to have positive effects on patient’s sleep, behavior, and alertness.

How do you get medical marijuana for epilepsy?

Like any medicine for a condition you are trying to treat, you should follow up with a primary care physician to make sure that you have epilepsy. Of course, if you already know that you have epilepsy then you can talk to some of the professionals at Cannacist in obtaining your medical marijuana card. 

Before your appointment, you should make sure that you have all the proper paperwork like medical records so that you are ready to answer any questions that might be asked of you. The specialists at Cannacist can then help you find a dispensary or CBD store near you that can assist you in finding the product for your needs.

 

If you are trying to do this solo then remember that products can vary depending on where they are bought from. For instance, even CBD products can vary depending on where you bought the product from. You will want to ask reputable sellers for the details of where they source their product and if they seem confused or unsure themselves try to find a new seller.

Final Thoughts

If you have epilepsy and are concerned about the addictive effects of the commonly prescribed opioids, medical cannabis might be a good option for you. However, you should always talk about the benefits and risks of anything that you are taking to treat medical conditions.