CBD Hemp Oil vs. Marijuana CBD Oil for Epilepsy


Before I tell you about my experience with using CBD for epilepsy, there is some important information I feel you should know.

Epilepsy is a very unique condition.

The complexity of the disorder, coupled with individual biological factors, make it unpredictable, so no two cases are alike.

Consequently, no two treatments are alike, either.

Just because I took it upon myself to experiment with CBD hemp oil doesn’t mean it’s safe for everyone – in fact, one could argue that what I did was reckless.

But I know my condition and, more importantly, I told my doctor about what I was about to do.

I suggest you always let your doctor know before you experiment with CBD hemp oil for your condition.

As a medical marijuana recipient, I have used CBD oil derived from marijuana, not hemp, for several years.

It allowed me to reduce the dose of one of my seizure medications to prevent some of the undesirable side effects.

When I heard about CBD hemp oil, I decided to give it a try.

I’ve documented my experience for your reference, but I can’t stress enough that this is no substitute for clinical research.

There were no double-blind studies or peer-reviewed papers here — just one person with epilepsy hoping to shed light on an industry and a product muddled by ambiguity and a lack of documented research.

That being said, there have been instances where people with epilepsy successfully used CBD hemp oil to control seizures, so I wasn’t too nervous.

I also used it a bit differently, which I’ll get into later.

My Medical Background Before

My prescription contains about 2.5% THC content, whereas CBD hemp oil can’t legally contain more than 0.3% THC. 

Research has shown that cannabis products are most effective due to the entourage effect, meaning that a product works best when THC, CBD, and other cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids found in cannabis are able to function in combination with each other. 

Because of the much lower THC content, I decided it would be best to double the dose of the CBD hemp oil to one entire milliliter. 

Using a syringe to accurately measure the amount, I started using the hemp oil at the same time each morning (8:00 AM), along with my prescription drugs. 

To avoid skewing the results, I also made sure to maintain my regular breakfast diet of fruit and grains (cereal or bread) so that absorption wouldn’t slow down or speed up. 

I then went about my day. 

Naturally, days one and two were the most nerve-racking, even though (as I explained before), I had little to worry about from a medical or safety standpoint. 

By day three, however, I felt I could breathe a little easier. 

As of the writing of this article, it’s now been five days of continuous use without any issues. 

This is promising, but before I close the case, I’d like to mention some potential mitigating factors. 


Historically, my condition has been like a roller coaster. 

The dosage of my medications increased and decreased over time for reasons that I can’t get into without writing a dissertation. 

It’s entirely possible that my years of marijuana oil use, as well as other potential changes to things like tolerance or susceptibility to seizures could be different. 

Prolonged use of anti-seizure drugs can permanently improve – in some cases even cure – the underlying condition. 

Again, epilepsy is a tricky thing. 

My lifestyle has also changed in recent years. I’m eating better and exercise more, both of which can help with epilepsy. 


The bottom line is that toying with epilepsy is risky business. 

My experience with hemp oil thus far has been promising, but I’m not a medical expert. 

I realize that what I’m saying may have a “do as I say, not as I do” tone to it, but I simply don’t want to let my advice or experience put you or your loved ones in danger. 

I know my condition, which is why I took it upon myself to try this experiment. CBD hemp oil for epilepsy is definitely worth a shot. 

But no matter what, run it by your doctor before trying it.

  • Don Perkins says:

    I am 80 yrs old. I experimented for a week using CBD drops, increased from 30z. to 6oxz. over a period of 3 days, then I started experiencing dirrahha. I could tell by the smell, color, shape. In your opinion, is this a common side effect thus I should never take the drops again?? Or, can I experiment by: a. rubbing marijuana into the lumbar area? b. Take 30z drops only everyday: c. Other ways? I am trying to overcome severe Pain caused by damaged discs and arthritis, nerve root problems.

  • Hey Don. Thanks for your question and sorry to hear about the pain. Diarrhea isn’t common but it is possible with CBD. I would say one thing you could do is decrease the dosage of CBD and see if that helps. And yes, using CBD topically instead of internally should eliminate this side effect. Please make sure to let your doctor know you are using CBD just so they are aware. Let me know if you have any other questions and I will do my best to help 🙂

  • Terry Lantz says:

    I take 500 mg depakote a day. I do not have epilepsy I had a head injury in 1977, depakote makes me tired an interferes in my work, Other side effects are major dry eyes ear aches an hearing properly, also skin proble.s. I haven’t had a measure in 6yrs, I want to switch to hemp oil plus I have arthritis in spinal cord from injury, I need guidance help.

  • Hey Terry. Thanks for your inquiry. While I cannot give medical advice, I will be happy to help you in any way I can 🙂

  • Me says:

    I am currently taking Cannabis for my seizures. It is risky messing with seizure medication. I believe the benefits out weigh the risks. I have taken myself completely off AEDs. I was on Keppra which has given me breathing issues that my doctor doesnt believe. Anyway, I replaced my Keppra with 100mgs cannabidiol mixed with 5mgs thc morning and night. Thankfully I haven’t had any seizures yet. Its only been about a month. I am currently taking precautions on my own such as not driving. But we are very hopeful.

  • Hi. Thank you for sharing about your experience with us. Are you doing this under the supervision of a doctor or trusted medical professional? This is our recommendation.

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