Medical Marijuana For Epilepsy
Did you know, cannabidiol is an FDA-approved ingredient in EpidiolexⓇ, used for treating people with Epilepsy? The FDA is the Food and Drug Administration and approves of ingredients in things like food and over-the-counter medications for the public. If ingredients are seen as unsafe, they will place warnings on their website advising otherwise. Though there is a lot more research needed to determine exactly how medical marijuana can help aid other disorders or illnesses, this is a great first step in bringing awareness to the effectiveness of cannabis.
What Is Epilepsy?
Epilepsy is the fourth most common neurological disorder found in younger children (aged one to ten) and older people (55 and up). When someone has epilepsy, they suffer from recurring seizures that vary in severity. Children may eventually grow out of it, whereas others may require lifelong treatments.
Epilepsy encompasses a collection of neurological disorders, which cause varying forms of seizures ranging from nearly undetectable to vigorous and violent whole-body convulsions. The immediate cause of the seizures is unknown in most cases, although seizures can be caused by primary conditions like epilepsy, as well as trauma, stroke, brain cancer, and substance abuse.
What Is A Seizure?
Seizures are the main symptom of epilepsy and are classified into six main types: clonic, tonic, tonic-clonic, myoclonic, absence and atonic seizures. Although the severity and characteristics of each seizure type vary, each is accompanied by a loss of consciousness. In addition to seizures, there is typically a refractory period of disorientation after an episode referred to as the postictal period.
A seizure triggers a bunch of electrical activity in your brain and affects what your brain can do for a certain period of time for example what you feel, see, or how you move. Epilepsy can affect everyone differently and some people may experience a “warning feeling” before a seizure happens or even be able to function normally while it’s occurring. Though epilepsy can definitely be triggered by an injury or illness, doctors are still unsure what causes it.
Most people with seizures will feel very fatigued afterwards, sweaty, nauseous, and have trouble remembering what happened.
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How Does Cannibidiol Help?
Many researches have been conducted to test the effectiveness of cannabis and reducing seizures and treating two rare forms of epilepsy: Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome.
Our medical marijuana is for ingesting only and has few side effects like other medications. Once ingested, the cannabidiol will interact with the receptors in your brain that affect your mind and body and ultimately block the pain or electrical activity from reaching it. So, not only will it reduce the number of seizures you may experience in a day or week, but it will also help with the feelings of fatigue and nausea associated with the after-affects of seizures and we’ll be happy to answer any of your questions regarding different dosages, possible side effects, and how you’ll take your medical marijuana orally.
Cannabidiol (CBD) is the primary cannabinoid associated with therapeutic management of epilepsy. CBD was provided to patients whose epileptic symptoms were unaffected by conventional medications in the context of a randomized control trial, resulting in a marked improvement in symptom presentation. Evidence for the use of cannabis in the management of epilepsy is limited however, anecdotal reports of success have led some patients and physicians to explore the use of cannabis when conventional treatments have proven unsuccessful.
Is Cannabidiol Safe For Children?
Yes actually. The researches that have been done to prove cannabis can positively impact epilepsy symptoms were done on children two and older with parents approving of the dosage and impact it made on their children’s lives.
Side note: These researches have only been done on the two rare forms of epilepsy listed above. More research is needed to conclude if it will benefit people with more common forms of epilepsy too. Eligibility is also age 19 and up through our services.