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Epilepsy (Seizure Disorder)

Epilepsy is a neurological disorder characterized by irregular and unusual electrical activity in the sufferer’s brain and central nervous system; the resulting seizure symptoms come in many varieties and they can range from simple unusual behavior, to uncontrollable blinking, confusion spells, a high chance of loss of consciousness, uncontrollable jerking and moving of one’s arms and legs (twitching and spasming), to a high possibility of self harm (biting one’s tongue or harming one’s body by hitting something during a seizure). Further symptoms include nausea and vomiting after a seizure; depression and anxiety resulting from having to manage the ailment; insomnia and migraines; and even psychosis. There are many types of seizures and they range from mild to the more notorious grand mal seizures that can have life threatening potential.

While the cause of most cases of Epilepsy are unknown, it is possible to develop the ailment through brain damage or injury, complications at birth, brain cancer, stroke, and through alcohol and drug abuse. While seizures can be managed by a number of therapies and medications, there is currently no known cure for Epilepsy.

Using Cannabis to Treat Epilepsy

Cannabis is a complex medicinal plant that may actually be used to treat a variety of debilitating symptoms caused by a surprisingly large number of ailments. It’s usefulness as a non-lethal medicine (you cannot die from an overdose of cannabis) cannot be overstated and it’s versatility in terms of how it can be consumed and as to how it can be useful for so many illnesses is something to be excited about. However, it is important to remember that consulting with your primary care physician should be your first priority when considering incorporating cannabis into one’s medical regiment and that cannabis is to be used as an adjunct therapy and not a replacement. It is also your responsibility to communicate with your doctor as to how your use of cannabis has affected your health and of your progress with utilizing medical cannabis.

It is both exciting and important to know that medical cannabis is currently being heavily studied for a number of therapeutic effects that may treat this ailment; most noteworthy, the cannabinoid compounds Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), Cannabidiol (CBD), CBN (Cannabinol) and even THCV (Tetrahydrocannabivarin) for their ability to manage and reduce seizures in those suffering from Epilepsy.

Overall, medical and scientific studies throughout the past several years and even decades have shown that cannabis may be quite useful for treating individuals suffering from Epilepsy for the following reasons: reducing the frequency of seizures; protecting the brain from further damage and degeneration; assisting with possible psychosis; helping to manage depression; easing possible anxiety; aiding with sleep; and providing significant pain relief.

Beneficial Cannabinoids and Terpenoids Useful for Treating Epilepsy

The cannabis plant offers a plethora of therapeutic benefits and contains cannabinoids and terpenoid compounds that are useful for treating the symptoms of Epilepsy.

The following chart denotes which cannabinoids and terpenoids work synergistically with each other for potential therapeutic benefit. It may be beneficial to seek out strains that contain these cannabinoids and terpenoids.

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