For people with epilepsy, seizures are draining, disruptive, and can lead to medical complications. While antiepileptic drugs are available, some patients may experience significant side effects with these drugs, prompting them to find a more natural treatment such as medical marijuana.
Medical marijuana can help individuals with epilepsy avoid seizures and live more comfortably. Let’s learn more about how cannabis can be used to make epilepsy more manageable for qualifying patients.
What is Epilepsy?
Epilepsy is a neurological disorder, and it’s synonymous with seizure disorders. People with this condition experience sudden and erratic seizures, although the type of seizure and the amount of control over an episode varies from person to person. Oftentimes, people with epilepsy have multiple types of seizures.
Marijuana and Seizures
Many individuals with epilepsy have reported that marijuana use helps them avoid seizures. Marijuana’s ability to stop seizures is likely due to one of its most active cannabinoid compounds, CBD. CBD, or cannabidiol, binds to cannabinoid receptors in the brain. In doing so, CBD blocks pain signals and provides anti-inflammatory benefits to the body. This may contribute to marijuana’s ability to prevent seizures for people with epilepsy, although the exact reason for its efficacy is currently unclear.
Marijuana For Mood Disorders
Oftentimes, people with epilepsy also suffer from mood disorders, most commonly including major depression and dysthymia. Anxiety is also common among people with epilepsy. Marijuana use has been shown to help in some cases of depression by helping balance out levels of endocannabinoids and regular their function, given that depression can result from the suppression of endocannabinoid production.
To schedule an appointment with one of the certified medical marijuana doctors at Tetra Health Care, contact us at 813-898-8009. We can help you obtain your medical marijuana card in Florida for epilepsy and other qualifying conditions.