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"Except perhaps as a treatment for intractable epilepsy syndromes (Dravet syndrome, myoclonic epilepsy syndrome, and certain others), especially in children who have used the so-called Charlotte's Web strain of medical marijuana, there is only limited evidence on the use of cannabis, with mixed results; more research also needs to be done on its safety for long-term use, its potential physiological and psychological side effects, and drug interactions, especially in children. It is true that certain strains of medical marijuana, or their constituent ingredients, have been used with some success in certain U.S. states that have legalized its use, but these limited number of cases are mostly anecdotal reports from family members and patients, or they are case study reports; they are not repeated and well-documented long-term randomized controlled clinical studies which are the gold standard. Additionally, the needed further research is inhibited by federal and state regulations on experimentation with it."
However the 2014 Cochrane review states "No reliable conclusions can be drawn at present regarding the efficacy of cannabinoids as a treatment for epilepsy." Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 22:28, 3 June 2015 (UTC)
I think the article should mention medical cannabis as a popular alternative treatment for the disease of epilepsy. I know that Wikipedia isn't responsible but we should be careful and mention the research isn't all in yet; I would hate for anybody to quit their anticonvulsants for pot. Andrea Carter (at your service | my good deeds) 08:13, 17 August 2015 (UTC)
I didn't find anything about musical epilepsy in the article. It's my unlearned impression that this variety of specialized seizure disorder doesn't cause the violent gran mal seizures or even the less violent petit mal movements that epilepsy is usually associated with. The musical epilepsy condition manifests in a more subtle way while the effected person stays lucid. Are there any other "quiet" types of epilepsy? Is there a form that can manifest in the hallucination of hearing voices as opposed to hearing music? Thank you, Wordreader (talk) 07:50, 29 June 2015 (UTC)
@Wordreader: Probably a form of temporal lobe epilepsy. No need to discuss every single rare form... JFW | T@lk 09:47, 29 June 2015 (UTC)
I appreciate the information. I was thinking about Joan of Arc, even though "epilepsy" has supposedly been ruled out by somebody sometime. I think mentioning that there are other, more rare forms of the disease is in order even if you choose not to detail them. Thank you, Wordreader (talk) 14:45, 30 June 2015 (UTC)
Should we (Wikipedia) list epilepsy as a disease or a disorder. I support disease because of the ILAE definition and because it only takes 5 minutes (sometimes less) for the disease to kill you. Andrea Carter (at your service | my good deeds) 23:26, 15 August 2015 (UTC)
I view the two terms as more or less the same and happy with either you wish to use. Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 12:23, 16 August 2015 (UTC)
I prefer "disorder" because epilepsy can be (and frequently is) caused by physical brain damage. Usually the word disease connotes a condition caused by biological, genetic, or idiopathic factors. This is not always the case, but for example if you google for "define:disease", you get: "a disorder of structure or function in a human, animal, or plant, especially one that produces specific signs or symptoms or that affects a specific location and is not simply a direct result of physical injury". Looie496 (talk) 13:08, 17 August 2015 (UTC)