What is Chronic Seizures?
Epilepsy, Dravet syndrome, status epilepticus, and cerebral palsy are all neurological disorders that cause frequent seizures. It is common for the underlying cause of these ailments to be unknown, which makes them difficult to accurately treat.
How can marijuana help?
Medical marijuana is oftentimes used as a treatment for seizures due to its neuroprotective qualities. Cannabinoids are known to help reduce seizures in patients by activating the CB1 receptor (the receptor that controls emotions) in the brain. By stimulating the CB1 receptor with phytocannabinoids, seizures tend to decrease, whereas inhibiting the CB1 receptor leads to longer, more dramatic epileptic episodes — proving the direct relationship between the CB1 receptor and seizures. When people talk about marijuana’s anti-epileptic qualities, they usually refer to Charlotte’s successful CBD treatment of her Dravet Syndrome. However, more studies have been published that also prove Charlotte’s treatment is no fluke. In a double-blind study titled, Chronic Administration Of Cannabidiol To Healthy Volunteers and Epileptic Patients, 15 epileptic patients who had at least one “convulsive crisis” per week, despite being treated with prescribed antiepileptic drugs, were separated into two groups. One control group was administered glucose, and another was administered 200-300 mg of CBD daily. Not only did their study show that all eight patients were able to tolerate the CBD treatment with no negative side effects, but also 7 out of the 8 patients who were treated with CBD noticed a reduction in seizures, as well. Animal trials also have found similar results, definitively proving the efficacy of marijuana for patients with chronic seizures.