Seizures and Medical Cannabis
Studies suggest medicinal cannabinoids show effectiveness in the treatment of seizures according to recent studies.
What Are Seizures?
Movement throughout the body is the result of the brain sending out small electrical signals via the nerves to the muscles. Seizures are the result of abnormal signals from the brain causing a change in the body’s functionality.
Reactions to seizures vary; sometimes there is only a slight trembling, and the affected person remains conscious. In more severe seizures, however, violent shaking of the body occurs along with a loss of consciousness.
While slight or severe shaking often accompanies patients with seizures, this is not always the case. Often people exhibit symptoms preceding a seizure such as an aura that may include visual changes or headaches. The patient remains conscious and awake but appears dazed or confused. The patient usually has no memory of the episode.
What Are the Common Conditions and Diseases Associated with Seizures?
Seizures can be a symptom of other health problems, such as the following:
- A result of damage to the brain from a stroke, a head injury, or brain surgery
- An aneurysm, brain tumor, or structural defect in the brain
- Congenital problems that have been present since birth
- Encephalitis, meningitis, or other similar infections
- Tapeworm, toxoplasmosis, or other parasitic infections
- A side effect of alcohol, illegal drug, or a prescribed drug withdrawal
- A rapidly increasing fever known as a “fever seizure”
- Dangerously low blood sugar levels in a diabetic patient
- Nonepileptic seizure
Why Include Medical Cannabis to Treat Seizures?
Seizures are caused by abnormal function of nerve clusters in the brain that cause patients to experience symptoms ranging from mild to severe. Seizures and convulsions are the most noticeable, but patients with this type of brain disorder may also experience odd sensations and emotions, as well as present unexpected and unusual behavior.
Seizures represent the most powerful situation in which the nerve clusters are firing at increased rates. In fact, during a seizure a patient’s nerve clusters may fire at a rate of 500 times per second. Some patients may have seizures rarely while others experience seizures 100 times or more each day. Medication interventions offer relief from seizures in most patients, but estimates show that one-third of those living with seizure disorders do not respond to traditional treatments.
An extensive amount of reports and case studies document the benefits of medical cannabis for controlling and reducing seizures when used alone and in conjunction with prescription medications. In some cases, patients are able to eliminate medications completely with the regular use of medical cannabis.