Epilepsy is a common neurological disorder that is characterized by recurring seizures. These seizures are the result of a sudden brain activity that disrupts how the brain cells function.
Through the years, marijuana as a medicinal treatment has been a widely-studied and hotly-debated public issue. But as researchers discover more and more of its therapeutic benefits, medical marijuana is becoming more acceptable to use, especially for epilepsy management.
How Medical Marijuana May Help Patients With Epilepsy
Researchers say that medical marijuana or cannabis contains over 400 compounds. But two of these compounds — (tetrahydrocannabinol) THC and cannabidiol (CBD) — have been found to impact seizures in patients with epilepsy. Between THC and CBD, however, the latter is deemed safer because it doesn’t lead to a feeling of euphoria or a “high,” which is the most commonly known effect of marijuana, according to Penn Medicine.
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