What is Epilepsy & Seizures

Epilepsy is a brain disorder in which a person has repeated seizures (convulsions) over time. Seizures are episodes of disturbed brain activity that cause changes in attention or behavior. Learn more

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August 13, 2014

Study: Cannabidivarin (CBDV) May Help Treat Epileptic Seizures
It’s no secret at this point that certain chemical compounds found in medical marijuana may aid in the treatment of epilepsy. GW Pharmaceuticals has already commenced clinical trials to test the effectiveness of their cannabis-based drug Epidiolex, which is comprised of mostly cannabidiol (CBD), and the Epilepsy Foundation of America has called for nationwide access to medical marijuana. With that said, the Endocannabinoid Research …
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July 07, 2014

Treating Cerebral Palsy Symptoms With Medical Marijuana
What Is Cerebral Palsy (CP)? Cerebral palsy (CP) is an incurable disorder of brain development, generally manifesting by the age of 3. It leads to various signs and symptoms, including difficulties in controlling movement (i.e. dysfunction in coordination, precision, and posture, spasticity/”stiff or tight muscles and exaggerated reflexes”, changes in muscle tone or reflexes, weakness, shaking/tremor). Patients with cerebral palsy may experience pain (often as a result of stiff muscles), incontinence, sleep disturbance, …
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July 03, 2014

The Role Of Cannabis In Epilepsy And Seizure Disorders
What Is Epilepsy?: Seizures vs. Epilepsy The medical definition of seizure is a clinical expression of abnormal, excessive, synchronous discharge of neurons residing primarily in the brain’s cerebral cortex. Alternatively, the term epilepsy encompasses a broad range clinical syndromes characterized by repeated seizures over time unprovoked by an acute systemic or neurological insult. “It’s the last thing you worry about before you go to bed; and the first thing you think about when you wake up in the morning.” – Heather Jackson These definition’s however fail to capture the feelings of helplessness felt by parents, family members, and …
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July 02, 2014

Preliminary Study: CBD May Help Battle Treatment-Resistant Epilepsy
Epilepsy is a common neurological disorder experienced by children, and approximately 20% of patients (around 93,200 children in the US, and around 153,000 children in Europe) are unable to control their seizures with commonly used medications. Due to the growing evidence that some cannabinoids found in cannabis may help to reduce neuron hyperexcitability, certain strains are being used to help treat epilepsy. This is particularly true of cannabis strains with a high concentration of cannabidiol (CBD). In turn, pharmaceutical companies have been working on ways repeat …
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May 14, 2014

Medical Marijuana: Much More Than Just THC and CBD
For years now Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) has been the most popular and widely researched cannabinoid in cannabis science. However, nowadays it seems like cannabidiol (CBD) has stolen the spotlight given its ability to provide therapeutic relief to children suffering from various epileptic disorders, while lacking the psychotropic effects (i.e. high) of THC. It’s even gotten to the point that state legislature are passing laws “CBD-only” medical marijuana legislation. Given all of this, it is easy to see how CBD and THC can be viewed …
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February 21, 2014

Epilepsy Foundation Of America Calls For Access To Medical Marijuana Nationwide
LANDOVER, MD — Furthering the conversation about cannabis policy reform in America, the Epilepsy Foundation released a statement Thursday calling for the increased availability of medical marijuana. Specifically, the foundation is urging the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) to reschedule cannabis under the Controlled Substances Act, supporting the increased access to cannabis as a treatment for epilepsy at the state level, and calling for the pursuance of randomized clinical trials. The statement was written by Epilepsy Foundation CEO Philip M. Gattone and Chair Warren Lammert, and comes in response to …
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October 23, 2013

CBD-Based Epilepsy Drug Approved For Clinical Trials
FDA Approves Studies For Marijuana-Based Epidiolex The US Federal Drug Association approved clinical studies that aim to determine whether purified cannabidiol (CBD) is a viable anti-seizure treatment. Physician investigators will be provided with Epidiolex, a new 98% CBD product made by GW Pharmaceuticals, and conduct Investigational New Drug studies involving epileptic children. According to O’Shaughnessy, the clinical studies will be sponsored by Orrin Devinsky, MD, at the NYU School of Medicine, and Roberta Cilio, MD, PhD, at University of California, San Francisco. Both are …
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June 21, 2013

Medical Marijuana Reduces Child’s Epilepsy Seizures
Scotch Plains 2-year-old toddler, Vivian Wilson, suffers from sever epilepsy with horrible seizures. Her parents were put in a tough situation when they couldn’t find a psychiatrist who would sign off on the consent form, which was the only thing preventing Vivian from being eligible to receive medical marijuana in New Jersey. “I’m talking about one little girl in Colorado going from having hundreds of seizures a week to now being off all her pharmaceutical medications and having about three seizures a week.” – Meghan Wilson “She’s very pattern sensitive,” her mother Meghan Wilson explained to …


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