cannabis and Epilepsy

cannabis and Epilepsy

In the small town I grew up in, the older generation smoked cannabis, or what they called pot all the time to help them relax after long days of work. As a teenager, I even tried some myself to help cope with my epilepsy, but it wasn’t till I was a young adult that I learned cannabis and epilepsy could work together in helping patients with seizures.

If you research cannabis and epilepsy, you will find hundreds of studies, even studies from 1979, right after the government, put cannabis as a Schedule 1 drug, fitting in with other drugs like cocaine, meth, and heroin, that doctors still thought if used the right way cannabis could be used as an antiepileptic drug to help patients with epilepsy.

It wasn’t till 1996 that California was the first state to legalize cannabis for medical use. Cannabis is now medically legal in 40 states.

cannabis in epilepsy: from clinical practice to basic research focusing on possible role of cannabidivarin

cannabis in epilepsy: from clinical practice to basic research focusing on possible role of Cannabidivarin concluded that CBDV (cannabidivarin) one of the non-psychoactive types of cannabis can be remarkably effective in helping patients whose bodies do not work well with medication or surgery on controlling epileptic seizures. CBDV helps reduce the frequency of seizures and sometimes reduces the strength or full effect of the seizures.

cannabis for pediatric epilepsy

In the study of cannabis for pediatric epilepsy, done in 2020, it was found that children with highly treatment-resistant epilepsy can have a reduction in the episodes of seizures. CBD is the herb of cannabis that does not make you high. They also point out that they still need more studies on the subject and that the actual dose that works best is yet to be found. But this still points out again that cannabis and epilepsy are a matter of positivity.

cannabinoids in treatment of epilepsy: current status and future prospect

In the study cannabinoids in treatment of epilepsy: current status and future prospect you can find that cannabis is being studied for usage against disorders like schizophrenia and autism spectrum disorder. They are also analyzing eleven studies on whether cannabis is a better treatment than compound medical substances.

In 2018 and 2019 CBD was legalized by the FDA to be used for two rare types of epilepsy Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome. It is legal in those cases for people 2 years of age or above to use CBD medicine.


This all means that even though more studies are needed. Cannabis has been discovered to help with epilepsy and many more medical conditions. The potential of what cannabis can do for epilepsy is amazing and the use of cannabis could be the medical breakthrough every person with epilepsy has been waiting for.

(This is an informational and personal experience article, talk to your neurology specialist, local doctor, or nurse first for more specific information about you, your condition, and what works best.)

John is a person who was diagnosed with epilepsy at the age of 8. John has been a certified peer recovery specialist in the state of Iowa since 2019. John also has training in ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training. John is an advocate for epilepsy and mental health. John’s blog is to support fellow people with epilepsy and mental health on their road to recovery.

John loves art, comics (Marvel especially), and the UI Hawkeyes. John lives in a small town with his 3 furry best friends Louie and Mario. (Dogs) and Leo (Cat)

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