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 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.
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 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.