March is National Epilepsy Month in Canada, and it’s the perfect opportunity for us to explain why medical marijuana is so effective in treating epilepsy.
Epilepsy is a neurological disease that causes various forms of seizures, ranging from undetectable to full-body convulsions. There are six main types of seizures associated with Epilepsy: clonic, tonic, tonic-clonic, myoclonic, absence and atonic seizures. According to the latest estimates, around 5.1 million children and adults in the US have had an epilepsy diagnosis or seizure disorder.
Anecdotal research has been the biggest ally in medical cannabis for Epilepsy, as many people around the world have seen large successes in using it. Many parents are also advocating in North America to be able to legally treat their children’s seizures with marijuana. Evidence from research suggests that CBC is helpful in controlling seizures caused by Epilepsy.
Last year, a year-long study was published that cited the research on how impressive cannabis is for the reduction in epileptic seizures:
Researchers gave the participants an oral CBD regimen from 2-5 mg/kg per day and increased dosage until either intolerance occurred or to a maximum dose of either 25 mg/kg or 50 mg/kg per day. Additionally, parents or caregivers recorded seizures in diaries, which the study team reviewed at each visit. The team also conducted lab screenings at baseline and after 4, 8 and 12 weeks of CBD treatment. Results showed that there was an average 36.5% reduction in monthly motor seizures, and the average monthly frequency of motor seizures decreased, from 30 per month to 15.8.
Truly, the proof is in the patient stories we see every day, and a quick Google search of ‘epilepsy and medical marijuana’ would give you a huge number of results that will show you both the science and the storytelling. If you’re looking for more information on how epilepsy can be treated with medical marijuana, please call us: 403-475-4205.