Medical Marijuana: THC & CBD

Medical marijuana is an effective  addition or substitution to many of the medications taken by epileptics to control their seizures.  Epilepsy is super responsive to weed! Many patients suffering from epilepsy have found relief from medical marijuana, especially epileptics who can’t tolerate the side effects of other seizure medications.

Marijuana contains many different chemical compounds known as cannabinoids.  The two most well-known cannabinoids are THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol).  It’s well known that the THC gets you feeling “high” (the reason most pot-heads roll a joint), but the effects of CBD has been researched more recently.  Unlike THC, the CBD has a more therapeutic effect and works similar to a mild anti-depressent.

THC and CBD each have many benefits, whether in recreational or medical use. Usually THC is more for recreational use and CBD is used for medical purposes.  For those who benefit from marijuana but don’t want to get high, a high CBD strain is the way to go. A common use for THC would be relaxation, drowsiness, and painkiller.  CBD is more often used for anti-anxiety and anticonvulsant.

The best strain of marijuana to treat epilepsy is one that is high in CBD and low in THC, especially if used for children.  For some people who take high CBD marijuana with little success, a strain with more THC works better and is known as creating an “entourage effect”.  It’s amazing to see all of the ways to take a high CBD strain. Smoking (the most common method), vaporizing, oils (recommended for kids), edibles, lotions, sprays, etc.  Whether you frown upon or accept marijuana as an option for treatments, a high CBD strain has been working very well for seizures along with depression, pain relief, anxiety, and nausea.  Talking to your doctor is a great start. For patients who take multiple medications, taking a natural medication that is possibly more tolerable and helpful will add smiles to their faces!  

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I’ve been dealing with Epilepsy for approximately 20 years (since my 20’s) but recently had the RNS Responsive Neurostimulation implant and have high hopes!

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