Epilepsy & Seizures
Central nervous system disorders affect about two million Americans and 30 million people worldwide. The Epilepsy Foundation reports that one in 26 Americans will develop epilepsy during their lifetime. Seizures can cause altered consciousness and convulsions. Many medical cannabis users report a reduction in frequency of seizures and severity of symptoms.
How cannabis may help with epilepsy & seizures:
Cannabidiol (CBD) has been demonstrated to reduce seizures in patients with epilepsy and a host of other conditions that can cause seizures. The exact mechanism through which CBD prevents seizures is not known, but hundreds of patient testimonials and many scientific studies have demonstrated its efficacy.
The FDA recently approved a CBD oral solution to treat two rare forms of epilepsy, Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome.
Cannabidiol enhances morphine antinociception, diminishes NMDA-mediated seizures and reduces stroke damage via the sigma 1 receptor. In the News: Component of Marijuana Reduces Seizures in Some Children with Epilepsy