Best Cannabis Strains for Seizures + Epilepsy

Here are the most effective strains
Nicole Richter Nicole Richter / Updated on November 12, 2018

Best Marijuana Strains for Seizures and Epilepsy

There has been a lot of discussion in the media about the use of marijuana in the treatment of seizures and epilepsy. Marijuana has been used by humans for thousands of years to treat a wide selection of ailments. For 70% of epilepsy patients who are unable to control their seizures, cannabis is being viewed as a potential treatment option, and a great amount of success has been witnessed so far.

Seizures are described as abnormal movements or behavior due to unusual electrical activity in the brain, and they are a symptom of epilepsy. But not all people who have seizures will necessarily have epilepsy. Non-epileptic seizures are not caused by abnormal activity in the brain that could be the result of psychological stress or issues. Whatever the cause of these episodes, many people who suffer from epilepsy say that marijuana helps to stop their seizures, although there is little scientific evidence to back this up. Nevertheless, let’s take a look at the best marijuana strains to treat epilepsy and seizures.

1. Charlotte’s Web

This is by far the most popular strain in the treatment of seizures. Named after a little girl called Charlotte Figi who suffered from Dravet Syndrome, a rare form of epilepsy, Charlotte’s Web was developed to help treat her rare condition. Containing an average of 0.3% THC and very high amounts of CBD, this strain is perfect for treating epilepsy without the risk of getting stoned. This is why it’s widely used in the treatment of children.

This strain was developed by Colorado-based growers specifically for Charlotte, and they were able to significantly reduce the THC content of the strain while still boosting its CBD, thus creating a product that has an exceptionally calming “body high” without any mental side effects. Little Charlotte was experiencing extremely violent seizures hundreds of times a week prior to the CBD treatment. After she started using the high-CBD cannabis oil, her seizures were reduced from over a thousand to just a handful each month. This strain has been noted for having a “web-like” appearance, with thick, long trichomes that are wrapped around the buds.

Although Charlotte’s Web is still a relatively rare strain, it’s quickly becoming sought after by medical marijuana communities across the country. It’s revolutionary high CBD content is the reason for its medical potency. CBD has been studied for its use in various conditions from cancer to chronic pain and its efficacy as a seizure preventative is well-documented.

2. Green Crack

Green Crack Marijuana Strain

Green Crack is the perfect choice for medicating in the daytime and for preventing epileptic episodes. This strain often lasts throughout the day, and the name originates from the fact that users tend to experience laser-sharp focus while working. It provides an energetic head-high that helps to improve mental focus and generate a mental buzz.

Green Crack is a balanced hybrid strain that delivers a duality of body and head effects which helps to lift the mood while also relaxing the muscles. Since many epileptic patients find it difficult to focus on their daily tasks or suffer from the inability to report to work, Green Crack is great for improving their focus.

3. Cannatonic

Cannatonic is effective for managing epilepsy and seizures, headaches, fatigue, muscle spasms, migraines, and chronic pain. It offers a less-cloudy, focus-inducing high because of its low THC content, which rarely exceeds 6%, and its high CBD content that typically measures between 6% and 17%.

A powerful and relaxing strain, Cannatonic is very uplifting and helps to focus the mind. However, these effects are somewhat overshadowed by the strong numbing and warming sensations that flow over the body. Cannatonic is unique in its outlandish chemical composition, which doesn’t have the sole purpose of getting the user high, but rather for working on medical conditions from the inside out and thus helping to heal any problematic situations that traditional medication often has trouble tackling.

This strain will deeply enhance the mood and make it seem as though you are floating on a cloud, increasing feelings of positivity and optimism, together with giving a boost of energy. The high is soothing and calm, and is suitable to use at any time during the day since it won’t seriously affect your motivation or produce any drowsiness or sleepiness.

4. White Widow

White widow cannabis Strain

White Widow originates from The Netherlands and is a well-known strain, known for producing relaxing, creative, and euphoric feelings. The effects of South American Sativa combined with its South Indian Indica lineage gives medical patients a blissful combination of both happiness and calmness, while also being effective for treating insomnia, appetite loss, stress, pain, and, of course, epileptic episodes. While White Widow is iconic for recreational users, its therapeutic and medicinal benefits have given it legendary status.

When it was first released, this strain won the High Times cup in 1995 and is recognized as being one of the most famous marijuana strains around the world. It’s classified genetically as a hybrid and has a slight indica dominance, although it usually emits a fine balance between indica and sativa.

Bred to maximize the relaxation and body effects of an indica while keeping the sativa’s euphoric mental character, White Widow has a very balanced overall effect, which is happy and social. White widow oil typically contains terpenes that are effective in treating epilepsy and cancer.

5. Grape Ape

Grape Ape is a much-loved strain among medical marijuana patients because of its total relaxation and calming effects. It’s especially loved by those who practice yoga and meditation – because it’s so calming, a property that many epilepsy patients can truly benefit from. Using Grape Ape will help you to feel chilled out and relaxed, and also give relief from mood disorders such as anxiety, stress, and depression.

Grape Ape is a mostly Indica strain that is crossed with Afghani, Skunk, and Mendocino Purps. Its name originates from its distinct grape-like smell, and it’s marked by multi-layered scents and standout colors. This strain has a high that mounts slowly and eventually leads to a very weighty sensation in the limbs and head.

In perfect conditions, Grape Ape will provide a palpable sense of both physical and mental relaxation, easing users into a spacey calmness. With a fairly high THC content – between 15% to 23% – you can expect a strong relaxant, and possibly even couchlock.

Depending on how severe your condition is, different patients report different benefits from using high-CBD and high-THC strains for treating seizures and epilepsy. The entourage effect plays a big part when medicating, especially with serious conditions such as epilepsy, since isolating cannabinoids will not be effective in treatment. To get the full healing properties of the strain, epilepsy patients should use the entire plant, because the presence of other cannabinoids allows for a greater effect to take place.

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11 comments
  1. Mike Sharp
    Charlotte's web

    Although all the above mentioned strains are good, but you can try Charlotte’s Web if you want to go with a safe bet regarding the effectiveness of the strain for seizures and epilepsy. I work as a nurse in a big 1000 bedded hospital, and many patients with epilepsy praise this strain.

  2. Gabriella F.
    Best CBD product!

    Hands down the best CBD brand right now

  3. Lewis J Abele
    Garden of Eden in your back yard

    I had my first seizure in 2005, I found out that I had type 3 in my right temporal lobe. After I had the tumor removed Jan. 2007 I was lucky enough to remain in full remission, but the seizures never stopped. I have used many of the medications, Dilantin, Keppra, Lamotrigine, Topiramate. I seemed to build up a resistance after a while with all of them, and when I came to the point of looking at a venous nerve stimulator ( absolutely horrible ) I finally decided to dive into trying cannabis. While it hasn’t completely wiped out my condition, my petit mal is very manageable and grand mal is nearly nonexistent. I am lucky to live in Nevada where its legal to grow your own, and this will be my third year garden. Strains that are high in CBD content have been the best for me. I think we’ll all have the legal opportunity to do the same within the near future.

  4. Lisa mcmasters
    Please help

    Hi my name is Lisa mcmasters , my daughter is 27, almost 28 years old, I had gotten a flu when I was pregnant about 5 months her brain and heart stooped growing , they told me she wouldn’t live ,she is now going to be 28, she had open heart surgery at 6 months old , we just went to Tampa and had a new valve put in her heart , she has never been seizure free , been on just about every med there is , all awful , side effects tremendous, they seem to b getting worse , she is now on Valprouc acid (depakene )her beautiful hair is falling out and it’s not working for seizures, so my dr has added lamotrigine ? Just starting it , hope it works can’t wait to get off the Depakote, willing to try the oil , would love for some thing to work without all side effects ,please give me any feedback 🌺

  5. Native Baby
    Beginning of Compassion using marijuana

    My son has epilepsy but in my area marijuana has not been “legalized” yet so he still has to suffer. Using the generic keppra because of the astronomic price of the name brand is preventing him from actually fully living his life. This information is very helpful and promising. I hope the regulators/blockers in Texas stop the nonsense of criminalizing the use of this very important medicinal remedy. The medicine he has to take now that is so called FDA approved is doing more harm than good and it causes him to have anxiety and sleeplessness. By the way he still has seizures on top of that.

    1. Erin
      Lamictal, Keppra, or MMJ..you decide

      I am epileptic and it started out of no where when I was 17 yrs old. Almost 20 years ago now. I was first put on Dilantin which was a total waste of time. It MIGHT have prevented some seizures but I do know it made my gums bleed every time I brushed my teeth. I then found out about the Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix where I live and participated in a free drug study. The 2 test drugs were Keppra and Lamictal. It was an anonymous study so neither myself or the administrator knew what I was given. I had taken the Keppra and it actually induced seizures. I had 14 in one day. After that we called the Institute and they had me come in to change medications. I was then given Lamictal and it has been a god send for me. When I was on the study I disclosed to the Neurologist that I smoked pot and he did not even flinch. I thought that was kind of odd since it is illegal and Medical Marijuana wasn’t even a thought in Arizona at the time! So anyway, I went from having them every single month to going almost a full 2 years without a single gran mal seizure. I do get break throughs here and there but I can’t complain. Before I was educated on MMJ I would not smoke pot after an episode as I was naïve to the fact that it could actually help me. Once I was educated on it I had an episode where I had 5 seizures in one day so I tried the pot remedy and sure enough I had no more that day, the nausea had ceased, my post seizure migraine was much less intense and was able to sleep. Since the Lamictal has helped so much I will get only petit mal seizures in between the events of a gran mal breakthrough seizure and as soon as I feel the symptoms of those I smoke a little bit and lay down and sleep if possible I truly believe that MMJ should be approved in every state even if they are anti recreational. I wish people and politicians alike would educate themselves more on the benefits of legalizing MMJ for those in need like us. I grew up in Texas and I know they are pretty close minded on the MMJ policy but lets hope they will follow the trend and let a natural remedy help rather just keep pumping medications into us and destroying our organs. I have experienced many long term effects from these seizures and even the slightest symptom of a possible seizure I grab my stash and retire to my bed. LoL As for your son who suffers even with Keppra maybe you should ask your doctor about exploring a different medication. Lamictal was very expensive as well and I now use the generic Lamotrigine and it is just as fantastic. I hope your family can benefit from my short story. Good luck!

      1. Dayna Barney
        questions

        have you had any negative effects from mmj? also do you know what are the longterm side effects of mmj and or cbd oil?

      2. Mindy
        Lamictal and MMJ

        I am an epileptic and had my first gran mal when I was 26 and it was out of nowhere. Initially I was prescribed topomax which left me with numbness and tingling in my arms and no relief from my seizures. I was given Lamictal 200mg/bid and I have been gran mal free for 20 years. I have had some petite mal seizures every now and again but I can usually feel it coming on and they have lessened over time. I just started using MMJ but I am still trying to figure out the best strains to help when I feel a little out of sorts and have an aura. Anyone know which ones are the best ones to try? Also, has anyone tried reducing their meds while using MMJ? I’m hesitant to give up the safety net that my meds give me. Thanks in advance 😀

    2. Kathleen frost
      Keppra + Cannabis anticonvulsants + herbs

      I myself am also epileptic, I have been since I was 17 I plugged my hair straightener in one morning before school and got electrocuted up my left arm and have had grand mal seizures ever since, February of 2017 I actually went into a coma because of how many seizures I was having, I would come out of one basically say hello and fall right into another one and they wouldn’t stop so I got sent to the hospital and medically induced into a coma and I still did not wake up for 8 days after that, I didn’t even know who my family was when I woke up, thank god I at least remembered my daughters name and who she was, I definitely suffered some brain damage or at least some memory damage , I have another daughter now that is 4months old and I am just so scared that any moment I may fall into seizures like those again , it happened before February 2017 too when I first found out I was pregnant with my first I had 13 seizures in the same day and then they stopped back in 2015 I fear that one of these seizures will do enough damage that my memory won’t come back at all at some point, I don’t want to forget the ones I love and care about 💕

  6. karen godsey
    Grateful

    Hi…I am the Mother of a 43 yr old epileptic son, My son has had this vicious disease since he was 3. I have searched every avenue to stop these seizures for him, this is the first site I have found ( God bless you ) that actually gave me names of the right med marjuana to use…Thank you! so far we are seizure free!
    Sincerely Grateful.

  7. Laura Martin
    PLese expand on this most interesting and useful info

    Please send me info about strains oil for mesial temporal epilepsy caused by a dot in the hyppocampus caused my meningitis when the child was 6 months old. Now he is 45. Anti-epileptics have him very depressed.

    Also fo for another 89 year old person under constant severe leg and lumbar pain caused by 7 failed spine surgeries.

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