Epilepsy is a neurological condition affecting roughly one in one hundred people. Depending on the area of focus within the brain, there are a range of seizures that epileptic patients suffer, from brief - almost unnoticeable - lapses in consciousness known as "absence" seizures to full body convulsions known as "grand mal" seizures, with many stages in between. Most seizures are heralded by an "aura" of altered behavior and sensitivity to light and sound, and seizures can occur without obvious cause, or be triggered by stress, sleep deficiency, low blood sugar, certain kinds of strobe lights, or even boredom. Some of the common causes of epilepsy include birth injury, viral attacks, head traumas and hormonal imbalances, but it can also be idiopathic - which means there is no known cause.
Some kinds of epilepsy can be controlled with the use of anticonvulsant drugs, but there are also variants which don't respond well to drug therapy. When anticonvulsants are used, there are potentially dangerous side effects including emotional disorders, swollen gums, a decreased production of red blood cells, and softening of the bones. In addition, rarer side effects include loss of motor control, coma, and even death. In addition to side effects, anticonvulsants only completely stop seizures in about 60% of patients.
Cannabis has been known to have anticonvulsant properties for over a century, and studies were done on the use of marijuana to alleviate seizures as early as the 19th century. While most data available today is anecdotal, those personal stories do point to cannabis as an asset in the fight to control seizures. Cannabis analogues have shown to prevent seizures when prescribed in combination with more traditional medications, and patients who have been through the combined drug therapy have stated they are able to wean themselves off the conventional medication and still not have seizures as long as they have a regular supply of cannabis.
More recently, there has been some scientific interest in the use of cannabidiol, a cannabinoid drug, in epilepsy treatment. There is only a very little bit of data about this, but it shows that cannabidiol has almost none of the psychoactive side effects that whole cannabis (or its component element THC) tend to induce.
Nevertheless, there is no formal push to study the benefits of cannabis in epilepsy treatment, though the British Medical Association has stated that it could prove useful as an adjunctive therapy for patients who cannot be kept seizure free using only conventional drug therapy. The National Institutes of Health have echoed this sentiment, calling it an "area of potential value," though that decision is based largely on animal research.
I am 37 years old and I have never had a seizure in my life and I had one a week ago when I was coaching a wrestling team. It was a tournament and myself the other coaches and wrestlers had stayed the night there on the mats and when the next day start
i have been taking my meds on time and in this week friday i haven't had anything smoke for close over a week then had seizure because low blood sugar sleep problems stress more my state no medical policy nobody gives shit what happen i just begin
My mom was diagnosed with epilepsy when she was 19 (33 yrs ago) in university. She went threw the embarrassment of have seizures constantly in public amongst her peers. This caused intense anxiety and stress until after a year of trying to cope with me
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This girl has Dravet Syndrome, a rare, severe form of epilepsy that causes seizures which severely limit her brain development. After a lot of searching, her parents found a solution to help stave off the seizures with the help of a certain kind of med
Guest I have had grandmall siezure since 1988 and i have ben on all mend to stop them and about every two weeks to one month I have four to days of siezures and I am ready to try the pot I cant get a job or goout and have fun for the fear of me hav
upon the onset of a partial I took a pull thinking that introducing the this familiar brain activity during this uncontrolled discharge might stop the siezure my siezure did indeed stop from progressing
This is to guest that commented on the Keppra, the doctors had me on this drug for 2 years, I was still having seizures 2-6 daily!!! They added all kinds of other crap to so call help it along, they almost killed me!! I smoke daily and have been seizur
I had a grand mal seizure 8 years ago. Since this episode I have been fine. The docs thought I might have epilepsy because of my test results, but weren't going to give me meds until I had a second seizure. 6 weeks ago I had my second seizure :( I went
I have had seizures since age 15-16 and still have not gone to the doctor for it. However I have been a wicked heavy smoker since 14-15. I definatley think that canibus helps ALOT more than it hurts. It's pretty obvious. No I have not tried ANY of the
So Iam having the symptoms of early signs of a seizure so far they say it vertigo but I been reading today about seizures and I have all the symptoms plus I have had one before when I was 14. So I set an app. with my nerologist but I been reading alot
Well I'm super lucky in the seizure department because I just take dilantin, and its worked for years- I've had two tonic clonic sez. in the last 10 years total. Sad to read how much medicine y'all take and there is still no relief. I'll admit that I'v
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How much and how often are people smoking for pot to help seizure activity? Are we talking everyday?
I have epilepsy, I know first hand, EPILEPSY SUCKS!!! More then once I've just been going about a normal day, minding my own business, and all the sudden just wake up in the hospital. (Put that on a job application and see what you get....) I was ha
i have grand mal siezures due to a car accident. i take lamictal to control them now but i still have 3 or 4 a year. i would like to see what part of the cannabis plant controls the siezure and put that into a pill. if you dont agree i think you just l
i have had siezures since i was 6months old, i have been on meds for them. i read on here that pot helps, i have smoked everyday for a year and been free of seziures! i wish i could get a prescription for medical marijana bc it works! without making m
My son had a stroke at birth, he has had seizers for 16 years, l want to try mj for him, he wants to try but because of the laws i'm afried. He has been on all the med's for seizers,and had sergery as well. The doc's said if we did not do the sergery h
Gives me seizures -- generally, even very small amounts. I'm trying to figure out why? lol -- I'm starting to suspect an allergy (first time trying marijuana was with brownies btw! Relaxed me but gave me a seizure too.)
I have a nurse as a aunt. I also have a cousin that was in the airforce. Now at a high level in the N.S.A. They seen me go through one. Let me say both very religious. They was scared to death called my wife she told them to leave me alone and get me a
this is the 1 year anniversary of my last big seizure. i drove for about 30 seconds with no memory of it. hit a car, rolled my car and was standing outside my upside down car like nothing happened when the emt arrived. my memory didn't come back until
Marijuana is a cure for many issues people may have. Its sickening that they have it 'illegal' so we have to pay up the ass to our hospital and meds bills. Ive had epilepsy since 14, been on Depokote, Keppra, Lamictal, Carbamazepine(Tegratal), had brai
I was diagnosed with monic clonic full on set epliepsy 17yrs ago and have beed on dialantin, phenytek, lamictal and now am sitting on the joyous topamax. None did the the trick and I smoked with all.Smoking truly does help though. I can't afford the hi
me i take depakote zonisamde fluxentine 2 vitiman d 2 calcium depression is what hurts most
How about for Kids, specially with Dravet Syndrome-genetic disorder that causes uncontrollable seizures?
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I've had seizures since 1974. I tried all the available medications, five years ago my doctor thought it would be a good idea to try surgery. It did somewhat reduce my seizures, but even with the surgery and Lamictal, and Clobazam i did not gain comple
The Blue Hybrid's seem to work the best for my seizures. Any other helpful strain suggestions?
I was diagnosed with cp and epilepsy at birth due to a stroke in the birth canal. I have been prescribed reg anticonvulsants all my life which I have rarely taken as prescribed. At the age of 25 I was introduced to Marijuana and noticed a dramatic decr
I have had grand mal seizures since I was 15 years old from a head trauma in a car accident. I used to be on several different kinds of medication but they never stopped them. I was having them every other month regularly but unpredictable. I have stop
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Hello to whoever this may concern, i have had Grand-mal seizures since & been a medical LAB RAT ever since,and never been seizure free! but i can say the use of Marijuana definatly does help REDUCE seizure activaty & ease the pain that follows af
Be careful, because some strains can actually trigger seizure activity (myoclonus) or throw you into a full blown tonic clonic seizure! KNOW your strains. Apparently, it's wise to stick with hybirds or strains KNOWN to help with epilepsy. Such as White
well i have had siezures since i was 9 and started in 1992 and have had a lot less siezures using cannibus. let's legalize it now.
I suffer from sez--- complex partial---Grand mal-- simple partial---these suck stop my career in its tracts at 25 years old!!!!!! College grad and alll weed helps over Depakoe and Dilation,lamicatal,tripelta,keppra-- I have been a test dummmy for the d
My husband had a head injury years ago which caused seizures, without the use of marijuana, well I don't know where he would be now. So if this is the medicine for you, it does work wonders for seizures, both the grand mal seizures that he started wit
My cousin suffers from epilepsy and bad anxiety; she tried slowly decreasing her prescribed medication and replaced them with tinctures, edibles, tea and pill hash capsules, this helped for a while with her epilepsy but after time discovered she still
I believe that cannabis is a much safer alternative to the anticonvulsant medicine. If they can isolate the cannabinoid that helps with epilepsy then it should be used to help these people. Living with epilepsy is a scary thing. Never knowing when you
and yet again all the wonderful great things Medical Cannabis can do
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