1. Reducing seizure frequency:
Studies have shown that medical cannabis can reduce the frequency and severity of seizures in people with epilepsy.
A 2015 study published in the journal Lancet Neurology evaluated the use of a purified form of cannabidiol (CBD), a non-psychoactive compound found in cannabis, in 162 patients with treatment-resistant epilepsy. The study found that CBD treatment resulted in a significant reduction in the frequency of convulsive seizures compared to placebo.
2. Decreasing inflammation:
Cannabis contains many different compounds, but two of the most well-known and studied are tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). Both THC and CBD have been shown to possess anti-inflammatory properties which can reduce inflammation in the brain, which is thought to play a role in seizures.
CBD has been found to be a key anti-inflammatory. Why? Because CBD interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS), which is key in regulating inflammation. In particular, CBD has been shown to modulate the activity of immune cells known as cytokines, which are responsible for initiating and maintaining inflammation in the body. CBD can also inhibit the production of inflammatory molecules known as prostaglandins.