Empowering Lives: Epilepsy Awareness Month and the Potential Role of Cannabis

March marks Epilepsy Awareness Month, a time dedicated to shedding light on the challenges faced by individuals living with epilepsy and fostering understanding and support within our communities. While conventional treatments exist, an increasing body of research suggests that cannabis may hold promise in managing epilepsy symptoms. It’s crucial to approach this topic with care and we emphasize the importance of consulting healthcare professionals for personalized advice and diagnosis.

Understanding Epilepsy:

Epilepsy is a neurological disorder characterized by recurrent seizures, affecting people of all ages. These seizures result from abnormal brain activity and can manifest in various ways, impacting daily life and overall well-being. 1 in 100 Canadians will be diagnosed with epilepsy, including Honeypot founder Amaan. 

Epilepsy Awareness Month:

The purpose of Epilepsy Awareness Month is to dispel myths, reduce stigma, and promote a supportive environment for individuals living with epilepsy. It’s an opportunity to educate ourselves and others about the challenges faced by those with epilepsy, fostering empathy and understanding and providing support. World Epilepsy Day (Purple Day) falls on March 26th yearly. In Niagara you will find the Falls themselves and the Welland Bridge illuminated in purple for the occasion.

The Potential Role of Cannabis:

Research into the potential benefits of cannabis for epilepsy management has gained momentum in recent years. Specifically, cannabidiol (CBD), a non-psychoactive compound found in cannabis, has shown promise in reducing seizure frequency and severity in some cases. One famous case is the origin story of popular strain “Charlotte’s Web”, a blend with no psychoactive properties created to help a young American girl living with Dravet’s Syndrome and experiencing seizures.

The Honeypot Connection:

Founder and CEO Amaan Panjwani began experiencing seizures in his late teens, forcing him to leave his beloved job of 8 years. He would then be prescribed medicinal marijuana to help with the symptoms, broadening his understanding of cannabis and its transformative powers. This personal connection with cannabis would lead to the formation of Honeypot Cannabis Inc. to have the opportunity to share these benefits with others. In 2017 Amaan joined Epilepsy Niagara, a local non-profit organization, as a board member to help empower others in the region.

CBD and Seizure Control:

Studies have indicated that CBD may have anti-seizure properties, making it a topic of interest for individuals seeking alternative or adjunctive therapies. It’s important to note that the effectiveness of CBD can vary from person to person, and not everyone may experience the same benefits.

Consulting Healthcare Professionals:

Before considering any changes to epilepsy management, it is crucial to consult with healthcare professionals. They can provide personalized advice based on an individual’s specific condition, medical history, and existing treatment plan. Self-medication without proper guidance can have unintended consequences.

Legal and Regulatory Considerations:

Understanding the legal and regulatory landscape around cannabis use is essential. In some regions, medical cannabis may be legally accessible for certain conditions, including epilepsy. Patients should be informed about local laws and work closely with healthcare providers to navigate these considerations.

Emphasizing Responsible Use:

While the potential benefits of cannabis for epilepsy are intriguing, it’s essential to approach the topic with responsibility and caution. Cannabis is not a one-size-fits-all solution, and its effects can vary based on individual factors.

Strain Selection and Dosage:

Different cannabis strains and products may have varying effects. Working with healthcare professionals can help individuals determine the most suitable strains and dosages for their specific needs.

Monitoring and Adjusting:

Regular monitoring of the effects of cannabis, in conjunction with existing epilepsy treatments, is crucial. Adjustments to dosage or treatment plans should be made under the guidance of professionals.


Epilepsy Awareness Month is an opportunity to unite in support of individuals living with epilepsy, fostering an environment of understanding and compassion. While cannabis shows potential in managing epilepsy symptoms, we stress the importance of seeking medical advice before incorporating it into treatment plans. Responsible use, informed decisions, and collaboration with healthcare professionals are key to empowering lives and navigating the complexities of epilepsy and its management.