Marijuana: an effective antiepileptic treatment in partial epilepsy? A case report and review of the literature

Rev Neurol Dis. Spring 2007;4(2):103-6.

Abstract

Although more data are needed, animal studies and clinical experience suggest that marijuana or its active constituents may have a place in the treatment of partial epilepsy. Here we present the case of a 45-year-old man with cerebral palsy and epilepsy who showed marked improvement with the use of marijuana. This case supports other anecdotal data suggesting that marijuana use may be a beneficial adjunctive treatment in some patients with epilepsy. Although challenging because of current federal regulations, further studies are needed to examine the role of marijuana in the treatment of this disorder.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Anticonvulsants / therapeutic use*
  • Cannabis*
  • Cerebral Palsy / complications
  • Epilepsies, Partial / complications
  • Epilepsies, Partial / drug therapy*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Marijuana Smoking
  • Middle Aged
  • Phytotherapy*
  • Plant Preparations / therapeutic use*

Substances

  • Anticonvulsants
  • Plant Preparations