Epilepsy is defined by recurrent seizures that occur from a sudden jolt of electrical activity placed in the brain. When this occurs it leads to a disruption of the messaging between brain cells, causing uncontrolled muscle spasms. There has been extensive research on the condition these past few years, but more specifically on using medical marijuana to treat epilepsy.
Marijuana and Epilepsy
It has been found that certain cannabinoids found in marijuana can be used for medical reasons. The two most commonly studied are THC and CBD, but when studying how marijuana helps treat epilepsy, it’s the compounds found in CBD that are valuable to control episodes. Unlike THC, CBD is non-psychoactive meaning you do not feel a head high when ingesting. It has been found that CBD binds to more than just pain receptors, and works with other signaling systems within the brain that has protective and anti-inflammatory properties. Although this is interesting and positive news, researchers are still unsure as to how this occurs.
The idea to use compounds found in the marijuana plant to help treat epilepsy has gained much appeal over the past couple years. The Epilepsy Foundation does support more research and support for using marijuana to help treat epilepsy, and we look forward to learning more through research and studies.
So, does marijuana help epilepsy?
Although studies have proven that medical marijuana has helped those who suffer from epilepsy, research is still being done on exactly how CBD compounds have this power. If you live in Maryland and experience this disability, you qualify for a medical marijuana card and can start treatment after registering through the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission.
For more information about how Medical Cannabis can treat epilepsy,
consult with a specialist at Mary and Main.