Cannabinoids in Epilepsy

Tuesday, June 12, 2018
8:00 am - 9:00 am AST
George Washington University, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington D. C.
Speaker: Eric Marsh MD, PhD (Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia)
Host: Mohamad Koubeissi, MD

Talk Summary

Using cannabinoids in the treatment of epilepsy is an area that is controversial, yet holds much promise. This talk will review the biology of cannabis – both the botany and human cannabinoid system – and then review the preclinical data on cannabidiol (CBD) and other cannabinoids. An overview of the neurological uses of cannabis will be presented, with a focus on the current data for the use of CBD and other cannabinoid preparations in epilepsy. The talk will then end with a summary of the current data and future directions regarding epilepsy in the cannabinoid space.