Can cannabidiol (CBD) treat epilepsy?

  • In 2018, CBD was approved for use as a seizure treatment for patients with either Lennox-Gastaut syndrome or Dravet syndrome, which are both drug-resistant forms of epilepsy.
  • CBD may also act on certain compounds to help reduce inflammation and improve seizures.
  • The legalisation of Epidiolex as a seizure medication will and has had significant implications for Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome patients.
  • Studies involving Epidiolex specifically have found that it can reduce both seizure frequency and severity.
  • While Epidiolex and CBD can have some side effects, it is generally considered to be a safe and effective treatment option for epilepsy patients.

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