Easing the Episodes: Medical Marijuana and Epilepsy

Epilepsy affects people differently but finding a safe, effective treatment without side effects has been a challenge. Medical marijuana is showing promise and offers a new treatment option for people who suffer from this disorder. Explore the medicinal connection between medical marijuana and epilepsy.

Epilepsy Defined

Epilepsy is a disorder affecting the central nervous system, characterized by the loss of consciousness and convulsions. Seizures caused by epilepsy are due to issues in the brain rather than temporary medical conditions, including high fever. Nearly 1 of every 26 Americans will have a seizure disorder at some point. Electrical activity in the brain causes the seizures, which can be caused by brain damage, a tumor, or infection. It may also be caused by unknown circumstances. Seizures are either focal or generalized. Partial focal seizures occur in one area of the brain while complex partial seizures may result in loss of consciousness, memory loss, and loss of awareness. Generalized seizures affect the whole brain.

Marijuana and Epilepsy Treatment

Medical marijuana is an effective alternative for a laundry list of ailments and conditions. If you are someone who suffers from epilepsy, medical marijuana may be taken in conjunction with other medications or by itself. Some people with epilepsy cannot tolerate anti-seizure medications and find medical marijuana controls their seizures. Cannabinoids affect cells in the body called cannabinoid receptors. Cannabidiol, or CBD, is one substance which may help reduce seizures. CBD does not cause psychoactive effects. The lack of this allows some people to live with fewer seizures without dealing with the feeling of being high.

Treatment

Treating epilepsy with marijuana helps people who want to control symptoms related to the disorder. Some people may respond well to a strain, while others may get no benefit at all. Two strains currently exist: indica and sativa. Indica strains generally contain more CBD than THC, which makes them more popular. Indica also has a sedative effect, which can help treat other things like anxiety, headaches, muscle spasms, and more. Sativa tends to be more energizing and gives people a boost. It may interfere with sleep at night. Some people do find relief from spasms and seizures from sativa. It may also help with nausea and stimulate their appetite. Strains high in CBD and low in THC tend to be best in treatment for epilepsy.

The best way to know which strain, form, and use of medical marijuana for seizure disorder is right for you is to connect with a local dispensary. They will have budtenders who can offer support on finding a customized solution for your medical needs.


 

Greenhouse Wellness provides various strains and methods of administration for you to choose from. From edibles to smoking, we provide the best medical marijuana to suit your situation. If you are looking for a safe, secure place to check out products, call us. An experienced budtender can help you find what will work best for you.

We will help you get started today: (410) 910-8702.