The benefits of cannabis are evident in a large number of conditions. Epilepsy is one of the diseases that can be treated with cannabinoids. There are cases all over the world of people who have had their epilepsy treated with medical cannabis.
Experts from around the world are currently investigating how medical cannabis can improve the lives of people with epilepsy and other conditions such as chronic pain or fibromyalgia. A Canadian study published last August addressed the benefits of cannabis in adult patients suffering from epilepsy.
The study: Consumption of marijuana in adults admitted to Canadian epilepsy surveillance unit has been developed by scientists at the Department of Clinical Neurological Sciences at the Western Universiy in London, Ontario Canada. The scientists have conducted a trial with 292 patients diagnosed with epilepsy, 57.2% were women (aged 27-49) with a mean age of 35 years old. The patients suffered from epileptic seizures (190 cases), psychogenic epileptic seizures (64) or both (26).
BENEFITS OF CANNABINOIDS IN PATIENTS
57% (166) of the patients had tried cannabis before and 36.2% had used it in the past year. 84% of patients had noticed an improvement in their seizures as had 72.7% of people with psychogenic epileptic seizures. In both cases, cannabis reduced stress by more than 80%; respectively 77.3% and 88% had recognized an improvement in sleep. They also had improved memory and concentration by 32% and 28%. According to the study, the use of cannabis in these cases also reduced the side effects of the antiepileptic drugs by up to 53.2%.
Among the benefits of cannabinoids for epilepsy, there are neuroprotective effects and anti-inflammatory properties.