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Alternative Medicine for Epilepsy

A recent wave of measures legalizing cannabidiol (CBD) oil has been in large part driven by individuals and families who are seeking alternative treatment for seizures or epilepsy. 12 states have ‘CBD-only’ legislation in the works. But have no plan to include a medical cannabis program that would allow for consumption of anything except for the oil. Some of these states do not even have a system in place for the production or distribution of the oil.  As important as these first steps are toward greater acceptance of cannabis. For those who actually need the medicine there is a big difference between “accepted” and “accessible.”

Parents of children with debilitating epileptic syndromes or childhood seizure disorders are at the forefront of this battle. Epilepsy is a group of neurological disorders, with the main characteristic being recurring epileptic seizing. Abnormal neuronal activity in the brain causes this seizing, which can create uncontrolled jerking movements in the body or more subtly, a momentary loss of awareness. Although the cause of epilepsy is unknown people often receive a diagnosis after sustaining a brain injury, stroke, brain tumor, drug and alcohol abuse, and more rarely from genetic predispositions.

When it comes to treatment, there are limited options. Antiepileptic drugs (AEDs), ketogenic diets, high doses of steroids, and invasive brain surgeries are some of the current options. Certain pediatric syndromes don’t respond at all to conventional medicine making even studying them extremely difficult. Children with Dravet, Doose, or Lennox-Gastaut syndromes can suffer hundreds of seizures or long successions of seizures daily their entire lives. Because seizures lock up their brain throughout the day, they experience developmental and behavioral delays that can diminish their quality of life. As medical marijuana becomes more available, patients and their families see hope for the future for positive treatments for seizures.

CBD for Epilepsy

Although the neuroprotective effects of cannabis have been observed for half a century and the anticonvulsive properties of cannabis have been studied since the early ’80s, it wasn’t until the development of CBD-rich strains(CBD Oil) that a cannabis prescription was given to treat epileptic conditions. In one study conducted by Stanford University, 84% of children who were treatment-resistant to pharmaceutical medicines reported a reduction in the frequency of seizures while taking CBD-enriched cannabis in the form of oil.

Another study at the University of Colorado reported that 100% of similar patients saw reductions in seizure frequency. Breeders can isolate the high-CBD trait in the plant. Due to this, states with stringent medical marijuana programs can offer an oil made from these specially bred strains. Since “cannabidiol (CBD)” is a non-psychotropic component of Cannabis Sativa consuming it alone will not get you ‘high’. Not only does this lower the potential for abuse, it helps remove some of the stigmas associated with cannabis use.

A “CBD-rich oil” works in many patients, but not all. In the same study conducted at Stanford, 15% of the patients experienced no change in the frequency of seizures. Some patients with epileptic syndromes, as well as cancer and MS, are experiencing additional benefits when they consume an oil rich in both CBD and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol.)

Dr. Ethan Russo coined the term entourage effect to describe what is likely happening. Since cannabis has hundreds of phytotherapeutic agents working simultaneously isolating just one does not work for all people. Even if their conditions are the same, their brain might be reacting to different chemicals found in cannabis. It is the contribution of these minor cannabinoids and terpenoids that determines individual effectiveness. For this very reason, we do not recommend you buy CBD-enriched products from anywhere but a medical dispensary. Hemp-based products purchasable online will not have the same active compounds.



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  • Katty Larry says:


    I have seizures and i have been waking up in the emergency room every 2 to 3 months for the last 10 years. I was started on Levetiracetam (Keppra) after about 3 seizures, 250mg didn’t work so it was increased to 500mg and I started to seriously plan my suicide, that increased the moody irritability to the point where if something came up with somebody I”d go off on them with intentions to cause harm, after I got out of the back seat of my sisters car in heavy traffic to explain to the driver behind us we weren’t going anywhere either but we could discuss this further after he got out of his car they started me on lamotrigine and vimpat and took me off keppra. My gran mals are always when I’m sleeping at about 5 am. With the change in medicine I started waking up during the seizure unable to breathe. My neurologist told me that shows the medication is starting to work and I am getting closer to ending my seizures. When the paramedics show up it’s a wrestling match to get me on the gurney and I have lost my appetite since this has all unraveled. Nothing seems to be helping. I feel like my doctors don’t even know what to do or say to me anymore. Feeling hopeless. I heard about cannabis CBD oil and I decided to try it. I bought the cannabis oil from Medicinal Marijuana Resources by contacting them through their email and I started using the cannabis oil as prescribed and within few weeks of using the cannabis CBD oil, there was a lot of good changes and I felt better. I used the cannabis oil to cure my seizures completely. I am healthy and I do not suffer from seizures. Seizures patients out there should try cannabis CBD oil and you will see the result.

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