Each of the 29 states that have legalized the use of medicinal cannabis has its own list of qualifying conditions. However, no matter how long or short these lists may be, they all have something in common: Every state that has legalized medicinal cannabis holds epilepsy as a qualifying condition. So what is it that make epilepsy so unique that even the states with the the strictest medicinal marijuana laws acknowledge its benefits for the condition? The answer is found in the available treatments for the disease.
First, it’s important to know what epilepsy is. Epilepsy is a condition that’s characterized by of recurring seizures. The intensity of the seizures may vary from patient to patient, but are most often severe and unpredictable. While epilepsy is one of the least discussed medical conditions, it is estimated that 1 in 29 Americans will be diagnosed with epilepsy, and that 34% of childhood deaths come as a result of epileptic seizures or incidents related to such seizures. To make matters worse, unlike other severe conditions, the individual symptoms of epilepsy cannot be treated with readily available medication. In fact, there has to be a very specific cocktail of prescriptions for an epilepsy patient, or else there is a risk of the condition worsening.
Fortunately, numerous studies have shown the dramatic difference cannabis (most specifically the cannabinoid CBD, or cannabidiol) can have on patients suffering from epilepsy. Both trials and videos have surface with seizures in children, adults, and even animals being instantly calmed with a few drops of CBD oil.
If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with epilepsy and would like to seek out cannabis as a potential treatment option, we suggest beginning by checking if your state has authorized the use of medicinal cannabis. If so, the next step would be speaking with your registered physician to see if you qualify for such treatment.