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Medical Marijuana for Epilepsy?

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Treatment-refractory epilepsy is the name of the types of epilepsy that are difficult to treat. Recently especially, medical marijuana or its extracts have gained media coverage as it’s claimed to have a therapeutic effect on this type of epilepsy. The endocannabinoid system (ECS) plays a role in seizures. Cannabinoids such as CBD and THC influence the ECS.

Illegal marijuana and medical marijuana are different

THC is the compound that causes the “high”. CBD is the compound that has the most medical benefits. Illegal strains of marijuana are the type with high levels of THC, and trace amounts of, or no, CBD. Medical Marijuana, however, contains more CBD and a lower amount of THC. Charlotte’s web marijuana contains CBD to THC in a 30:1 ratio.

Here is the full scientific article if you wish to download it.

The debate is still out, and the results are complex

It seems that smoking marijuana is not the right way to treat epilepsy. For those smoking it, there are mixed reports of no effect or even an increase in seizures. Though naturally extracted CBD and THC oil combinations (sometimes known as “full spectrum oil”) appear to be the option that works best. Synthetic options are also stated to be a potentially bad idea as in some people they may induce epilepsy.

In essence, this is a complex new area, and we need some reliable, good quality research studies performed to help with proving full spectrum oil’s benefits, and to identify dosages.

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