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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.

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CannabisGril | Mar 21, 2011
 
and yet again all the wonderful great things Medical Cannabis can do
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lindzzz | Apr 5, 2011
 
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 will have a seizure, stressing about it, and it can be brought on by stress. There has to be a better way of life for these individuals.
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SkillitHits247 | Apr 10, 2011
 
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 has to continue her prescribed medication, however she still continues to take her edibles and tea to help with her anxiety when she needs to go out. So it probably varies from each individual on how aggressive the seizure attacks can be.
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Kushie Q | May 1, 2011
 
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 with and the petit mal that he has now.Without smoking, life is a much more difficult time for him.
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Heman31 | May 23, 2011
 
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 docsss. I feel the best off weed----Good luck
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Guest | Jun 27, 2011
 
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.
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Guest | Jul 17, 2011
 
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 Widow, Harlequin, etc...
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Guest | Sep 22, 2011
 
Hello to whoever this may concern, i have had Grand-mal seizures since [1974]& 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 after.So with that said GOOD LUCK TO YOU ALL
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Guest | Oct 11, 2011
 
ya football get some bong
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Guest | Dec 28, 2011
 
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 stopped taking my medicine and have been just using cannabis and I only have maybe one or two seizures a year, sometimes I do not have any in a year. So, I am proof that it helps reduce the frequency of seizure activity and I will be so glad when the government realizes all the benefits that come along with ending the prohobition on marijuana.
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Guest | Feb 15, 2012
 
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 decrease in seizure activity unless going a minute w/o smoking. I let my neuro be aware of this and he gave me a look and changed subject lol. Anyway now that Im aware i qualify im crossing my fingers Ohio passes in the fall;) lol
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Guest | Mar 9, 2012
 
The Blue Hybrid's seem to work the best for my seizures. Any other helpful strain suggestions?
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Guest | Apr 25, 2012
 
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 complete control. When a friend suggested I try Cannabis, I thought, Why not? Since I have been using Cannabis I have been able to gain almost complete control, and have been off the Clobazam for 2 years. I would like to withdraw from the Lamictal because of the side effects, but my doctor refuses to do this. It is potentially very dangerous for me to try to withdraw without his help... But I will continue to use Cannabis in place of the Clobazam, and will carry on the search for a doctor who is aware of the benefits.
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Guest | Jun 17, 2012
 
My heart goes out to all of you that are suffering. I am overjoyed that most of you are finding some relief from Cannabis. I am a wellness chiropractor that advocates the use of marijuana. I want to additionally encourage you all to seek out the amazing benefits of chiropractic. Time and time again I have seen a complete resolution of epileptic symptoms with good chiropractic care, good nutrition, and a good bout of happiness!!! Healthfully yours, Dr. C
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Guest | Jul 9, 2012
 
How about for Kids, specially with Dravet Syndrome-genetic disorder that causes uncontrollable seizures?
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Guest | Jul 24, 2012
 
me i take depakote zonisamde fluxentine 2 vitiman d 2 calcium depression is what hurts most
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Guest | Jul 30, 2012
 
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 high dollar strains and I'm sure if I could I would see more of an improvment, but this disease has also cost me a few jobs.
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Guest | Aug 6, 2012
 
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 brain surgury and nothing! I thought they were under control after my surgury so I finally got my license. Couple months after, I went into a seizure behind the wheel and seriously injured myself and another woman. Was actually on my way to get some marijuana, and because it was in my systm as well, i got a serious felony 'Injury by use/Vehicle control substance'. Our dam court systm is a joke! I had stacks of records/reports/doc statements and the court still thought i was 'high' off my ass and crashed it and wanted more and more proof of my seizure history.This really needs to be chainged.Its all an illusion people, 'they' have it illegal because many will loose their job because we wont need to run to the docs for help anymore when growing our own healing power. Wake up world.
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Guest | Oct 7, 2012
 
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 i got to the hospital. i'm now on my third seizure medication because of side effects. i have had success with lowering my blood pressure by smoking marijuana so i tried it to take the edge off the side effects. it worked. the medication i take now has less side effects but is not very good on the liver. smoking marijuana has enabled me to adjust my dose lower than prescribed with no seizures. my condition is caused by head trauma and this works for me. i'm not a doctor so i don't expect it to work for anyone else.
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Guest | Oct 18, 2012
 
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 joint. He went to a friend and got me a bag of some high dollar stuff. Before I came out of it all. Then it calmed my nerves from being away from my home and family. Then I was fine for the next week. Screw the goverment I am going to make my everyday life better.
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Guest | Oct 22, 2012
 
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.)
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Guest | Oct 27, 2012
 
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 he would die or lose his abilityto functionwithin 10 years. Now 3 years later he has seizers he has seizers so bad he can't breath, and they last for up to 5 min. This happens 4 to 5 timesa day. He keeps telling me if I don't get him help soon he will die. I live in a state that mj is not leagle,iI feel my only choice is to move to one that it is. My son needs help, I don't know what to do. My questionis if it is leagle in WashingtonDc than why not the rest of America. Are we truly free?
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Guest | Oct 28, 2012
 
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 me loopy like the pills..
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Guest | Nov 22, 2012
 
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 looking for a reason to get high. just my opion
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CommanderTeal | Nov 29, 2012
 
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 having grand mal seizures more and more, every few months, monthly, weekly, every other day. After it happened in a gas station and I busted out my front tooth on the counter, I'm now on Keppra; a medication that costs more then I pay in rent! If it wasnt covered by my insurance, I'd be screwed! A bowl each morning would be a lot cheaper. Personally, I hate pills! But I dont have much of a choice in the matter, its either have the seizures and deal with hospitals & doctors every day, take the pills and deal with the side effects, or go with the alternative and deal with the cops, jail time, & fines. Its expensive no matter what one you choose. Like it says in the article; the medication doesnt even stop the seizures entirely, I still have seizures, but not as often and not as severe. I wish they'd just legalize it and get it over with... HA! RIGHT! Not when they make all the money off it! The government makes money by making arrests, selling the pills, or treating peoples injuries. If they legalized it, people would just grow their own and they would have no way to tax it! Legalizing it would cause them to lose money, thats what its all about; money! GREEDY!!!
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Guest | Dec 11, 2012
 
How much and how often are people smoking for pot to help seizure activity? Are we talking everyday?
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Guest | Dec 12, 2012
 
what are the 3 best strains to help for seisurest
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Guest | Dec 22, 2012
 
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've been a pot smoker for years- not to help my epilepsy, just for kicks. I still smoke, not daily like I used to, but usually once a week or more. I think every brain and body react differently, I know people who get sez's from smoking weed. Good luck to all of you! I think smoking weed is a nice way to "party" rather than using alcohol which messes with enzymatic processes of my liver and messes with my brain in a different way.
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Guest | Jan 18, 2013
 
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 on meds they use to treat seizures and the side effects are horriable. The only down side is Iam breastfeeding and if I smoke I cant breastfeed anymore but Iam sick of feeling weird all the time to. What should I do because I figure if I start other medication to try to treat this I have to stop breastfeeding anyway.
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Guest | Feb 19, 2013
 
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 anti- convulsive medication but after doing a bit of reaserch I do not know if I want to try them at all. I had 2 back to back seizures less than a week ago for the first time (back to back) and am now going to the doctor on friday to see/talk to my doc about whatever the hells going on in my brain. I do not know if i have epilepsy, but if I do I feel like I would like to get prescribed medical marijuana to help it rather than be put on meds for the rest of my life. And since I have been doing it for so long already, I feel safe that I will be able to control my seizures much easier when under the influence of marijuana. I have not gone to the doctor because I am so afraid of not being able to drive but now I realize what danger I could put people in if I do drive. (never had licence, only permit) So now I am excited to see what's really going on, and find out if me smoking has been "triggering it" or "helping it" because my family is under the impression that I smoke too much and that's why I have seizures :/ We shall see
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Guest | Feb 26, 2013
 
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 to see my neurologist and was diagnosed with epilepsy, and prescribed Keppra. The interesting part is that I have smoked cannabis recreationally for the last 12 years. For the last 8 years I have smoked pretty much everyday. Interestingly, I gave up cannabis for my new years resolution, this made me wonder if there was a connection. After a lot of research I decided the reason I have been fine must be because of smoking. I continued to abstain to see how the keppra worked. I have had pretty much ALL of the nasty side effects and I'm sure it has made my seizures worse!!! A couple of days ago I had a lot of big myoclonic jerks. I gave up on my new years resolution and bought some cannabis. Straight away my jerks faded and stopped. I later took the keppra and the jerks started again. I had a smoke and they stopped. My personal experience tells me that I have been seizure free because of cannabis. I am now going to wean myself off of keppra and stick with mother natures finest remedy. I'm not suggesting this is suitable for everyone, but if you have tried everything else to no prevail then what have you got to lose? And this is certainly worth a read..http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn22263-cannabis-anticonvulsant-shakes-up-epilepsy-treatment.html
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Guest | Apr 9, 2013
 
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 seizure since I quit taking the Keppra.
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Guest | May 17, 2013
 
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
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Guest | May 29, 2013
 
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 having a siezure but this has not stopped me from becoming a roal model for others I do what I want when I want would lie to do more with no fear. Time to try this be open mindded abou things.
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Guest | Aug 15, 2013
 
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 medical marijuana. watch the video here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qQzyfYfq1WY
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Guest | Aug 25, 2013
 
Best stuff on the market for anit-seizure: R4 - High CBD STRAIN. 1% THC and 17% CBD - The stuff the girl listed above was given for her Dravet Syndrome: http://www.greenwerkz.com/index.php/r4-cbd-program/ They just won and award this year too: http://www.greenwerkz.com/index.php/greenwerkz-wins-first-place-cbd-flower-and-first-place-cbd-concentrate-in-the-2013-high-times-cannabis-cup/ MY HUSBAND SUFFERS FROM BRAIN SEIZURES AND CHRONIC PAIN. THIS STUFF WORKS!
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Guest | Sep 19, 2013
 
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 meds. she dropped out of her program. She was the suggested to try marijuana (much lower amounts of THC:Cannabinoid). One year later she got pregnant with my older brother. And to this day has been seizure free since she was 21. I have also viewed a special on CNN about a young epileptic child (Charlotte, 5 yrs) who suffered with and estimated 100 seizures a week (Search web for further details). In the end her parents located a grower who was able to limit the THC compounds to less/equal to 1% THC, however rather high % of Cannabinoid. It was found that the high cannabinoid % blocked specific receptors within the brain which is the dramatic cause of seizures. They later named the strain "Charlotte's Web." Now, from my memory, around 50 children a prescribed this specific strain so they don't get "high," specifically only used in a medicinal way. The CNN report was absolutely fantastic and quite educational on cannabis use around the world and its advances in society. In conclusion, I just wanted to comment on my opinion that all disabilities should be studied with the use of marijuana and how its benefits may be used in the safest way possible for the individual suffering.
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Guest | Oct 19, 2013
 
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 wish die on one seizures only happens don't have little smoke not even least bit interest do thing lift spirit sorry negative msg in hurt place some people don't believe we all need something in our lives pain is no game learned how use in medicinal way pointless otherwise why quit cigarettes wish met maybe someone help so wouldn't have move to state where my 92 year old grandma isn't love her wanna see her until get pic
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Guest | Nov 4, 2013
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tw2f1S_zIqo     YouTube Video:
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Guest | Nov 23, 2013
 
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 started I was working between two teams and was taking a break in between our teams next match when I all of a sudden from what I was told had a seizure and was taken to the local hospital. I was then released after a short time and the people that were driving me stopped at a McDonald's and I ended up having two more seizures while there and I then stayed the night at the hospital. The reason why I came here is because I have had an extensive amount of head trauma throughout my life but have always smoked marijuana but when I went to this tournament I did not take anything with me so I had not smoked for nearly two days and did not know if there may have been any relation with the two.