Watch: A Doctor Explains How Cannabis Treats Epilepsy

Cannabis' analgesic and anti-inflammatory effects have been known for literally thousands of years - but more recently, the drug has been making waves in medical circles for its potential efficacy in treating epilepsy and other seizure disorders. And, contrary to what detractors of medical marijuana would expect, the evidence isn't coming solely from the pro-cannabis lobby.

According to the national Epilepsy Foundation,"individual reports of children with refractory (or intractable) epilepsy who have tried cannabis, usually with high ratios of cannabidiol to THC, have reported marked improvements in seizure frequency." Cannabidiol, or CBD, is a compound in cannabis that doesn't produce the signature high - and it's been demonstrated to have some positive effects on certain body systems that affect seizures.

While more research is needed, it looks like cannabis could be the next frontier in treating seizure disorders. But don't take our word for it: Here's the scientific explanation from Dr. Orrin Devinsky, a professor of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry at NYU School of Medicine, and director of the NYU Comprehensive Epilepsy Center.

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Before Nikki Furrer was a cannabis writer and professional, she had another dream job: owning an independent bookstore. While she says her business venture as a bookseller was ultimately untenable, it did open her eyes to how much she enjoys “matching the reader to the exact book they’re craving.” This zest for matchmaking is evident in her book 'A Woman’s Guide to Cannabis.' As the title suggests, 'A Woman’s Guide to Cannabis' is for women who are curious about cannabis. A more appropriate title, however, might have been a 'A Beginner’s Guide to Cannabis.' Though Furrer touches on applications for the plant that are specific to women—relief of menstrual pain or beauty (though her belief that cannabis is a beauty product because it makes you appear more well-rested seems relevant to both men and women—much of the information in the book is relevant to anyone who is totally inexperienced with cannabis, apprehensive about trying it and needs a run down of the basics.

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