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The endocannabinoid system is a system within our bodies which produces and uses endocannabinoids. These are naturally produced molecules which our body needs for a number of different functions. They can be found in the brain, organs, connective tissue, glands and immune cells.

One of the functions of endocannabinoids is to assist with the transfer of messages, or impulses, along the neural pathway. Seizures occur when the impulse rate along a neural pathway becomes uncontrolled. Certain endocannabinoids work to bring this impulse rate under control by slowing down the release of neurotransmitters.

When this process is disrupted the person may experience recurrent seizures; this is termed epilepsy. There is still much research to be done, however, evidence suggests that the endocannabinoid system of people living with epilepsy may be altered.

One hypothesis is that cannabinoids from the cannabis plant may reduce seizure likelihood, frequency or severity. Research into medicinal cannabis for epilepsy continues globally.

Epilepsy Action Australia has designed this website to contain a balanced view of issues relating to medicicnal cannabis for epilepsy, interviews with people sharing their experiences with medicinal cannabis as well as insights from health professionals. Practical information for families as well as current academic and research articles will continue to be expanded as the research continues.

We invite you to explore this site regularly for up to date trusted information on medicinal cannabis for epilepsy.  


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