Cannabis Medication and Epilepsy

Although epilepsy may be well controlled by existing medication, up to a significant number of people with epilepsy do not have adequate control of their seizures. Although surgery may be considered for difficult cases, this is a delicate, complicated operation with severe risk to the brain.

For such patients, the use of cannabis may seem an interesting alternative to try first. As early as 1979, studies on rats already confirmed the anticonvulsant effects of (pure) CBD. In various subsequent animal and (small-scale) human studies on epilepsy, CBD in several administration forms was able to reduce the frequency and severity of seizures. Combined with an absence of psychoactive effects, these results indicate the potential of CBD as a therapeutic candidate for a diverse range of human epilepsies.