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Treating Epilepsy with Medical Marijuana

What is Epilepsy?

Epilepsy is a central nervous system disorder that impacts 65 million people worldwide. Patients diagnosed with Epilepsy often suffer from uncontrollable, unpredictable, and recurring seizures. Epilepsy, a condition affecting up to 1% of the United States population, occurs due to abnormal electrical activity within the brain. When this electric activity becomes scrambled and uncontrolled, the messages within the brain become abnormal and lead to seizures.

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Does Medical Marijuana help with Epilepsy?

Cannabis has begun to gain serious steam as a viable treatment for central nervous system disorders, including Tourette’s Syndrome, Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, and even Epilepsy. Studies have shown that roughly 66% of all Epilepsy patients who treat the condition with traditional pharmaceuticals continue to experience seizures.

In the 1990s, when researchers discovered that humans have their own endocannabinoid system, it was theorized that this system could be an effective therapeutic target to stop seizures. Nearly 30 years later, the evidence is so strong, the FDA has approved a marijuana derived drug (Epidiolex) to treat epilepsy.  It is believed also that the CBD within Cannabis helps control these seizures. Some studies have shown that patients who regularly took CBD, even versus a placebo, found tremendous relief from regular seizures.

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Medical Marijuana for Epilepsy

CBD has been known to reduce seizures significantly, and in some cases, prevent them altogether. In fact, a recent trial study which combined THC and CBD to treat children suffering from Dravet syndrome showed tremendous effect, as nearly all the participants suffered from less seizures and experienced a much better quality of life. In addition to the decrease in seizures, patients using Medical Marijuana for Epilepsy reported improvements in sleep, appetite, mood, and cognitive skills. 


Symptoms of Epilepsy

  • Types of Seizures
    • Tonic
    • Clonic
    • Tonic-Clonic
    • Myoclonic
    • Absence
    • Atonic

Epilepsy and Medical Marijuana FAQ

How can Marijuana help with epilepsy?

Evidence from laboratory studies, anecdotal reports, and small clinical studies over a number of years suggest that cannabidiol (CBD) could potentially help control seizures. Large scale research on CBD has been difficult to do due to federal regulations which have historically limited access to cannabidiol. There are also many financial and time constraints, as drug companies cannot patent the cannabis plant. In recent years, a number of studies have shown the benefit of specific plant-based CBD product in treating specific groups of people with epilepsy who have not responded to traditional therapies.

How can CBD help treat epilepsy?

The mechanism of action of CBD in reducing seizures in humans is unknown.  We know that CBD possesses affinity for multiple receptor targets in the body, across a range of target classes.  The theory is that this results in functional modulation of neuronal excitability, relevant to the pathophysiology of many disease types, including epilepsy.

What is the best dosage of cannabis to treat epilepsy?

Because epilepsy is such a serious and potentially dangerous condition, it is crucial to work with your physician in finding the correct dose of medical cannabis.  Individual variation is tremendous, and doses can vary widely from person to person.

What forms of medical marijuana work best for treating epilepsy?

Longer acting injectable forms are usually considered the best option for epileptic patients, as the longer duration of action of these dosage forms is preferable to the short acting inhaled forms.

Is indica or sativa better for treating epilepsy?

Higher CBD formulations and relaxing Sativa type products are generally used in epileptic patients.

Can I get medical marijuana for Epilepsy in Florida

Yes, Epilepsy is a qualifying condition in Florida.

How can i get medical cannabis for epilepsy in Florida?

As with any condition, the first step to qualify is to make an appointment with a physician certified to recommend medical cannabis in Florida. You can learn more at: https://www.mmtcfl.com/survey/ 


Medical Marijuana Doctor Near Me

If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with Epilepsy in Florida and are interested in how medical marijuana may be able to help you, take our qualification survey and schedule an appointment today!

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Read what others say about Medical Marijuana and Epilepsy

Christy, 39, Pensacola

Christy, 39Pensacola Medical Marijuana Doctor– 3 months on medical cannabis– Epilepsy– Previously treated with pharmaceuticals for seizures, brain surgery, VNSThe medical marijuana has helped some. I’ve still been having seizures but have noticed when I use the product, it helps with my recovery time. I’ve had epilepsy for 20 years...

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Elizabeth, 42, Tallahassee medical marijuana clinic

Elizabeth, 42Tallahassee medical marijuana doctor– 3 months on medical cannabis– Epilepsy, Neuropathy, Migraines, AnxietyI can’t give enough positive feedback for people in my [medical cannabis] experience. I’m not being treated solely for epilepsy, I am being treated for multiple conditions, from neuropathy to migraines, anxiety, and...

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Heather, 33 Fort Walton

Heather, 33Fort Walton Beach Medical Marijuana ClinicFort Walton Beach Medical Marijuana Doctor– EpilepsyDealing with Epilepsy can be hard and knowing that there is another route besides pills is great for me. If I feel that I may have a seizure coming on, I take C.B.D and it helps to stop my upcoming seizure. It can also help with...

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P.V, 63, Tallahassee medical marijuana clinic

P.V., 63Tallahassee medical marijuana doctor– 3 months on medical cannabis– Seizures, migraines– Previously treated with pharmaceuticals for the seizuresI am 63 years old and live in an apartment alone in rural Florida. I am unable to work because of migraines and seizures. I was on pharmaceuticals for the seizures and smoking...

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David, 32, Tallahassee medical marijuana clinic

David, 32Tallahassee medical marijuana doctor– 5 months on medical cannabis– EpilepsyI’ve been seeing MMTC since April of last year and the staff is very knowledgeable and courteous. They’re also very easy to get in touch with if I have any problems or concerns. MMTC is a good stand up company. I couldn’t ask for a better doctor or medical...

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