Medical Marijuana and Epilepsy

Medical Marijuana & Epilepsy

Hi everyone. November is National Epilepsy Awareness Month, so we’ll be talking about what Epilepsy is
and how medical marijuana can help those suffering with the disease.

Epilepsy is a fairly common neurological disease that impacts nearly 4 percent of the United States.
Those who suffer from epilepsy experience uncontrollable seizures that can strike anywhere at any time.
While epilepsy can be caused by a traumatic brain injury, but more often than that, the cause of the
seizures is simply unknown.

While there are various types of prescription medication, these drugs are not effective for every epilepsy
sufferer. An estimated 30 percent of those with the disease are considered untreatable with
conventional prescription drugs. Alternatives for these drugs include invasive brain surgeries, and
medical marijuana.

In Connecticut, medical marijuana has been approved for treatment of epilepsy. Across various studies,
medical marijuana has been shown to reduce the occurrence of seizures in those with epilepsy; and in
certain documented instances, medical marijuana has provided relief from seizures where other
medicines could not.

Researchers have found Cannabidiol (CBD)to be the active ingredient in medical marijuana which
combats epilepsy. CBD is nonpsychoactive, meaning it is not responsible for the “high” a user may
experience when taking forms of medical marijuana. There are currently trials being conducted for a
CBD based drug that would effectively combat epilepsy.

To learn more about epilepsy, visit the epilepsy foundation’s website. Don’t forget to like us on Facebook for more
medical marijuana news and updates in CT.

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