Last updated on: 11/11/2014 | Author: ProCon.org

American Epilepsy Society Biography

Position:
Con to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
Reasoning:

“The recent anecdotal reports of positive effects of the marijuana derivative cannabidiol for some individuals with treatment-resistant epilepsy give reason for hope. However, we must remember that these are only anecdotal reports, and robust scientific evidence for the use of marijuana is lacking. The lack of information does not mean that marijuana is ineffective for epilepsy. It merely means that we do not know if marijuana is a safe and effective treatment for epilepsy, which is why it should be studied using the well-founded research methods that all other effective treatments for epilepsy have undergone. Such safety concerns coupled with a lack of evidence of efficacy in controlled studies result in a risk/benefit ratio that does not support use of marijuana for treatment of seizures at this time. Healthcare professionals, patients, and caregivers are reminded that use of marijuana for epilepsy may not be advisable due to this lack of information on safety and efficacy.”

“AES Position on Medical Marijuana,” aesnet.org, Feb. 28, 2014 (confirmed current via email from AES on Nov. 7, 2014)

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
  Organizations/VIPs/Others
Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
Description:

“The American Epilepsy Society (AES) is a non-profit medical and scientific society. Our individual members are professionals engaged in both research and clinical care for people with epilepsy from private practice, academia and government. For more than 75 years, AES has been unlocking the potential of the clinical and research community by creating a dynamic global forum where professionals can share, learn and grow. AES champions the use of sound science and clinical care through the exchange of knowledge, by providing education and by furthering the advancement of the profession.”

Email from AES to ProCon.org, Nov. 12, 2014

Mission:

“The American Epilepsy Society promotes research and education for professionals dedicated to the prevention, treatment and cure of epilepsy.”

“2012 Annual Report: Building Pathways for the Future,” aesnet.org, 2012

Other:
Nonprofit medical and scientific society
Quoted in:
  1. Is Marijuana an Effective Treatment for Epilepsy (Seizures)?