Cannabis for treating Epilepsy and Seizures

Disclaimer: It is important to note that consulting with your doctor/physician should take precedence and come first when deciding upon treating any ailment or disease. Additionally, research into cannabis, while the field is indeed growing, is still limited and the need for clinical trials and experiments is a topic that society needs to collectively address. Proper and effective dosing, for example, is a facet of medical marijuana that has been difficult to establish due to restrictions our governments have in place.The potential for cannabis’ ability to save lives is one that cannot be overlooked, but unfortunately still needs to be intensively studied. 

The following is a collection of news articles, research literature, peer reviewed medical studies, resources, documentaries, interviews, and lecture clippings discussing cannabis as a medicine for treating Epilepsy and Seizures.

Seizure Disorders Enter Medical Marijuana Debate – Aug 2013 article on

Medical marijuana helps stem 6-year-old’s seizures – Dec 2012 article on

On Medical Marijuana And Epilepsy – page on

Does Marijuana Help Epilepsy? – May 2011 on

Parents of children with epilepsy lobby lawmakers over medical marijuana – Jan 2014 article on

Mom Recounts Using Medical Marijuana To Treat Her Son’s Epilepsy (Video) – Dec 2013 article on

Scholarly Articles and Medical Studies:

CNN Weed – Sanjay Gupta Reports
The full CNN special.
Found on the youtube channel CanabinoidAndroid

Weed 2: Cannabis Madness. Dr. Sanjay Gupta Reports

A much better documentary than the first in my opinion; unfortunately the  information is still limited and the film only touches on a few aspects of medical marijuana.
Found on the youtube channel wwwMOXNEWScom

Cannabidiol CBD Extract Stops Epileptic Seizures caused by Dravet Syndrome
Special from Discovery Channel’s “Weed Wars.” The story centers around Jayden, a little boy who uses a CBD tincture to treat his seizures brought on by Dravet Syndrome.
Found on the youtube channel XIxItalianoxIX

The surprising story of medical marijuana and pediatric epilepsy: Josh Stanley at TEDxBoulder
TED talk at Boulder, CO. Josh Stanley, the eldest brother of the family responsible for growing the Charlotte’s Web marijuana strain discusses a number of topics regarding medical marijuana.
Found on the youtube channel TEDxTalks

Cannabinoid Research – Cannabis and Epileptic Seizures
An exhaustive list of past and ongoing medical studies regarding the use of cannabis for treating epilepsy and seizures.
Found on the youtube channel deckster2008

University of Reading – Cannabis discovery could lead to new epilepsy treatments
Interview with Dr Ben Whalley of the University of Reading. Here he discusses the possibility that CBDv (Cannabidivarin) may be an excellent cannabinoid for treating seizures, possibly better than any of the other cannbinoids including CBD (cannabidiol).
Found on the youtube channel UniofReading

epilepsy and cannabis
Watch firsthand – an elderly gentleman going through a seizure and coming out of it by smoking a joint.
Found on the youtube channel Guppy Fish

Brain Tumor, Seizures, and Cannabis: Kelly of Arkansas 2006
Mother describes her situation with her son who suffered a Grand Mal seizure due to a frontal lobe brain tumor. Here she discusses how her son receives treatment with medical marijuana.
Found on the youtube channel CannabisPatientNet

Seizure Disorder and Cannabis: Steve Green of Michigan 2013
Medical Marijuana patient Steve Green discusses his experience with treating his seizure disorder with medical cannabis.
Found on the youtube channel CannabisPatientNet

Do note that there are many more patient testimonials out there. If you’d like to see more, simply do a youtube search for “Cannabis and Epilepsy.” Remember, it’s always best to do your own research – I’ve simply made the process a little easier with this site by compiling a well rounded collection of cannabis digest so to say.

I’d like to point out that the TED talk above by Josh Stanley delivers an excellent message by discussing how our Federal legal system is actually preventing children from receiving life-saving treatmentsyes children actually do die as a result of marijuana prohibition. Please consider that for a second and realize how ridiculous this vilification and demonization of marijuana as a drug is.

It’s been said a million times over and yet people still stumble when asked the question, “how many people have actually died from the use of cannabis?” Once again, the answer – ZERO.

Please like, comment, but most importantly share, and if possible, help the legalization cause in whatever state or country you are in. If it isn’t clear to you that cannabis can actually significantly help with a plethora of problems throughout the world, then please, allow yourself to give facts and actual research a chance. Do your own searches, take advantage of google, youtube, local resources, out of state, or even out of country resources in whatever way you can to educate yourself on what cannabis can actually do – it’s far more than just a medicine.

As always, thank you for taking the time to read these entries!

– D

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5 Responses to Cannabis for treating Epilepsy and Seizures

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  3. Bodhi says:

    According to some publications the main side effect you need to watch out for is the psychotropic effects of THC. However, they also stress that THC actually has many valuable medical benefits, so depending on your problem, you may want higher or lower levels of THC. For example, in patients who suffer with severe pain, where the perception of pain causes great distress, the psychotropic effects of THC allows the patient to shift their perception of the pain in their mind and body.

  4. andy says:

    I’ve been medicating with Rick Simpson oil for many years, it has brought me from 50+ seizures a week to almost none. I owe my life to it. more information on cannabis oil, cure for cancer.

  5. Rose Matt says:

    My daughter Mariam has been suffering from epilepsy right from birth. Mariam is 4 years old now and she has many seizures daily and she was born with Infantile spasm (west syndrome) and we have used many anti epileptic drugs like felbamate (Felbatol), gabapentin (Neurontin), lamotrigine (Lamictal), levetiracetam (Keppra), oxcarbazepine (Oxteller XR or Trileptal), zonisamide ( Zonegran) and others. Some months ago, I found out about the cannabis CBD oil and I saw many children and adults have used the cannabis CBD oil to cure and stop epilepsy seizures. Without any delay I got the CBD oil from Medical Marijuana Resource after contacting them through and I was provided manual on how to use the oil for effective treatment. my daughter Mariam started taking the oil as prescribed, the seizures was reduced and there were a lot of improvement in her status. She is finally free from epilepsy seizures. Cannabis CBD oil is effective for curing epilepsy and 2 children in my neighborhood are currently on the cannabis CBD oil for treatment.

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