CAN MEDICAL CANNABIS HELP ALLEVIATE THE EFFECTS OF EPILEPSY?
Epilepsy is a chronic illness which affects the life and health of millions of patients globally. It is a brain disorder that can cause seizures. The use of medical cannabis can help alleviate the symptoms of epilepsy.
Epilepsy is a neurological disorder which causes abnormal brain activity, causing seizures or unusual behaviour or loss of awareness. Around 42 Canadians are diagnosed with epilepsy on daily basis, mostly being young children and seniors. Epilepsy can affect anyone regardless of gender, age or background. Seizure symptoms caused by epilepsy can appear in different forms, ranging from a person staring blankly for a short period of time, to twitching their arms or legs. Not all patients who have seizures are diagnosed with epilepsy.
Seizure symptoms may include:
- Short spells of blackout
- Confusion for a short period of time
- Sudden stiffness for no apparent reason
- Psychic symptoms like anger, panic or fear
- Appearing not to breathe
- Rhythmic uncontrolled movements of arms or legs
A patient suffering from epilepsy experiences seizures differently from other patients, and tends to have the same type of seizure in each episode. While half of the people diagnosed with epilepsy have no identifiable cause, the condition might be a result of head trauma, diseases, prenatal injury, developmental disorders, genetic influence among other causes.
Can medical cannabis be considered as a treatment option for epilepsy?
Medical marijuana can help reduce epileptic seizures, because of its effects on the neurological symptoms related to epilepsy. Patients suffering from epilepsy can benefit from medical cannabis as part of a treatment plan.
If you are living with epilepsy, and seizures are affecting your quality of life, you might be a candidate for medical cannabis. The first step is to get in touch with a healthcare practitioner who can evaluate your condition and recommend products and a plan which suits your specific symptoms and needs. All in easy to follow steps, through an online video call from the comfort and privacy of your home.