Can Medical Cannabis Help Treat Seizures

Parents are often at the forefront in the search for effective and immediate treatments for epilepsy and other similar diseases that affect their child. In most cases, it is the occurrence of the epileptic seizures that are of great concern. These can be horrific scenarios where patients undergo an episode of seizure that is uncontrollable and uncontainable.

In order to further understand the occurrence, we dissect the main symptoms of the epileptic disease. Seizures are involuntary muscle spasms that often occur during stressful situations for the individual. It’s often accompanied by a brain injury, cancer, and/or tumors among other causes. It is the most devastating symptom among epileptic patients. Studies have shown that there are patterns of seizures that patients undergo. There are six types of seizures which include lapses in consciousness, sporadic jerking, repetitive jerking, muscle stiffness, loss of muscle tone, and, lastly, the grand mal. The grand mal is a combination of unconsciousness, convulsions, and muscle rigidity. These seizures can occur as often as ten times a day, even with children facing epileptic diseases.

In several articles and journals of the American Medical Association, including journals of pharmacological therapeutics, one such mention of seizure prevention is the use of medical cannabis. It is said that the patients that have undergone treatments with medical cannabis alongside conventional drugs have yielded progressive results. Patients record reduction of seizures and are able to live improved lives. This extensive research done with medical cannabis and the actual use of cannabidiol (CBD) has given hope to many patients suffering from epileptic diseases. In the research, the CBD is said to act as an anticonvulsant which can lead to medical cannabis enabling fewer seizure attacks for patients. It is important to note that the CBD studied is extracted from the cannabis plant, not the hemp plant or ‘hemp oil’.  

The way it works, according to medical researchers is that the CBD decreases the seizures variably in terms of impact and duration by activating the areas of the nervous system that are related to the memory cortex. Further, the therapeutic effect is noticeably stronger alongside phenobarbital and phenytoin. While in most states, medical cannabis has yet to reach review and legislation and acceptance, many parents with epileptic children take the journey to the progressive states for the cure against seizure attacks. It is the hope that even the slightest reduction in a weekly routine of several seizures can ignite the path to living a regular and seizure-free life. In another study, the liquid form of medical cannabis, which is the CBD, were administered to a group of children with either epilepsy, Dravet syndrome, and Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome.  The children reported having had a sharp decline of seizure attacks by half. In other words, a normal daily routine of five to ten seizures a day could mean only two to five with the CBD. The benefits of medical cannabis are effective in battling seizure-stricken patients. Most importantly is the value and improved quality of life that each patient may enjoy and experience.

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