The CBD in Epidiolex is believed to work by binding to cannabinoid receptors in the brain to reduce inflammation and abnormal electrical activity.
Medical marijuana is also an option. Seizures, including those caused by epilepsy, are a qualifying condition for medical marijuana in 43 states.
Posted by Marijuana Doctors on 12/02/2019 in Medical Marijuana
Updated on January 21, 2020. Medical content reviewed by Dr. Joseph Rosado, MD, M.B.A, Chief Medical Officer
Doctors can prescribe Epidiolex, an FDA-approved drug that contains a purified oil-based form of cannabidiol (CBD), to treat seizures associated with two rare types of epilepsy, Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome, just as other anti-seizure medications are prescribed. Epidiolex can also be prescribed “off-label” for seizure disorders not related to Lennox-Gastaut syndrome or Dravet syndrome.
People who have seizures must undergo medical examinations and tests to identify the source. If epilepsy is the cause, or seizures are related to brain injury, a stroke, or a tumor, a person may need to take one or more anti-seizure medications to prevent future episodes.
Using medical marijuana to reduce seizure frequency can be a matter of trial and error. If you find a successful strain that helps manage seizure disorder, talk to your doctor and/or budtender about a dose and frequency that would be the most therapeutic, while minimizing side effects. In clinical trials of CBD as an epilepsy treatment, patients received CBD oil twice a day.
Our brains contain billions of neurons that communicate by creating and receiving electrical impulses. During a seizure, this network goes haywire, causing abnormal movements and changes in behavior and awareness.
If you’re considering medical marijuana to help manage epilepsy or another seizure disorder, here are six strains to discuss with your epilepsy specialist and ask about when you visit a budtender at your local medical marijuana dispensary.
If you’re considering medical marijuana to help manage epilepsy or another seizure disorder, here are six strains to discuss with your epilepsy specialist.