“When conventional treatments do not work, as is the case for roughly 30% of people with epilepsy, it is not unreasonable to consider cannabis.” (6)

“Medical cannabis, when recommended by a treating physician, may be the best alternative for some individuals living with drug resistant epilepsy and uncontrolled seizures.” (1)

“Marijuana appears to have anti-epileptic effects in animals.” (15)

“There are receptors in the brain for cannabis, otherwise known as cannabinoid receptors, in areas that are commonly known to cause seizures (such as the hippocampus and amygdala).” (5)

“There is a single, small, randomized controlled clinical trial that demonstrates the effectiveness of marijuana use for the treatment for epilepsy in humans” (9)

“There is some scientific evidence from animal studies regarding the effectiveness of marijuana (or the active ingredient in marijuana, most notably Δ 9-THC or tetrahydrocannabinol) for the management of epilepsy.” (9)

“THC may also decrease pain, inflammation (swelling and redness), and muscle control problems.” (8)

“Some animal studies suggest that THC can control seizures not responsive to other treatments” (8)

“CBD is an effective anticonvulsant” (14)

“Evidence from laboratory studies, anecdotal reports, and a small clinical study from a number of years ago suggests that cannabidiol, a non-psychoactive component of cannabis, could potentially be helpful in controlling seizures.” (4)

“Cannabidiol displays antiepileptiform and antiseizure properties in vitro and in vivo.” (12)

“The anticonvulsant nature of cannabidiol suggests that it has a therapeutic potential in at least three of the four major types of epilepsy: grand mal, cortical focal, and complex partial seizures.” (13)

“A number of people living with epilepsy report beneficial effects, including a decrease in seizure activity, when using a cannabis strain rich in cannabidiol, a non-euphoric component of cannabis.” (1)

“CBD reliably reduced the anticonvulsant potencies of chlordiazepoxide, clonazepam, trimethadione and ethosuximide.” (14)

“CBD is a cannabinoid that does not affect the mind or behavior. It may be useful in reducing pain and inflammation, controlling epileptic seizures, and possibly even treating mental illness and addictions.” (8)

“CBD, in particular, is thought to have significant analgesic and anti-inflammatory activity without the psychoactive effect (high) of delta-9-THC.” (16)

“Cannabidiol, or CBD, does not cause psychoactive effects but has shown some positive effects on certain body systems and may potentially affect seizures.” (6)

“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” (6)

“Some individuals, specifically families of children with uncontrolled seizures, are using what is called cannabidiol oil, or CBD oil” (5)

“Doctors in Colorado and researchers at Stanford University have collected summaries of patient histories suggesting positive impact of CBD in children with epilepsy.” (11)

“Further research is needed on the connection between cannabis and seizures. Unfortunately, it is difficult for scientists and researchers to organize clinical trials because cannabis is a Schedule I substance, and only the National Institute for Drug Abuse (NIDA) can cultivate cannabis for medical research.” (3)

“The Epilepsy Foundation is currently sponsoring a clinical trial for cannabis at New York University. More research must be done on the connection between medical cannabis and epilepsy.” (4)

“The Epilepsy Foundation calls for an end to Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) restrictions that limit clinical trials and research into medical marijuana for epilepsy.” (7)

“The Epilepsy Foundation supports state and federal legislation that would remove barriers to cannabis research and ensure safe, legal access to cannabis as a treatment for epilepsy.” (2)

“The Epilepsy Foundation supports legislation that would remove bureaucratic barriers to research on the connection between seizures and cannabis” (2)

“The Epilepsy Foundation supports legislation that would allow people living with epilepsy and uncontrolled seizures to gain access to this promising treatment option.” (1)

‘”The Epilepsy Foundation is committed to supporting physician directed care, and to exploring and advocating for all potential treatment options for epilepsy, including cannabidiol (CBD) oil and medical cannabis.” (1)

“The Epilepsy Foundation of Colorado supports the rights of patients and families living with seizures and epilepsy to access physician directed care, including medical marijuana. “ (10)



Epilepsy Foundation
http://www.epilepsy.com/make-difference/advocacy/advocacy-priorities/epilepsy-and-medical-cannabis  Accessed 10/2/15
http://www.epilepsy.com/make-difference/advocacy/advocacy-priorities/epilepsy-and-medical-marijuana/compassionate-access  Accessed 10/2/15, authored and reviews 4/2/15
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http://www.epilepsy.com/make-difference/advocacy/advocacy-priorities/epilepsy-and-medical-marijuana/faq-treatment 10/2/15
http://www.epilepsy.com/make-difference/advocacy/advocacy-priorities/epilepsy-and-medical-marijuana/share-your-story 10/2/15
http://www.epilepsy.com/learn/treating-seizures-and-epilepsy/other-treatment-approaches/medical-marijuana-and-epilepsy 10/2/15
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