Historical perspective on the medical use of cannabis for epilepsy: Ancient times to the 1980s

Daniel Friedman, Joseph I. Sirven

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Abstract

There has been a dramatic surge in the interest of utilizing cannabis for epilepsy treatment in the US. Yet, access to cannabis for research and therapy is mired in conflicting regulatory policies and shifting public opinion. Understanding the current state of affairs in the medical cannabis debate requires an examination of the history of medical cannabis use. From ancient Chinese pharmacopeias to the current Phase III trials of pharmaceutical grade cannabidiol, this review covers the time span of cannabis use for epilepsy therapy so as to better assess the issues surrounding the modern medical opinion of cannabis use.This article is part of a Special Issue titled Cannabinoids and Epilepsy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalEpilepsy and Behavior
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - Nov 14 2016

Keywords

  • Cannabinoids
  • Cannabis
  • Epilepsy
  • History
  • Seizure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience

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