”Does medical marijuana help Epilepsy?”
Let’s talk! Does medical marijuana help epilepsy?
Well before we answer this very hot topic ”does medical marijuana help epilepsy , we need to know more about this condition right ?
We have learned from our patients that having epilepsy can cause much anxiety, stress and sometimes depression related to the unknown of having another ” event ”
Today’s episode of “Let’s Talk” is going to find out ”Does Medical Marijuana Help Help Epilepsy”
So what is the definition of Epilepsy? What does this mean?
Epilepsy is a condition where a person has repeated seizures. It happens when nerve cells in the brain misfire.
When these misfires occur it can cause a change in mental function, as well as sensory and motor function.
Please know Epilepsy is not a form of mental illness or intellectual dysfunction.
Let’s talk about the different type of seizures!
Now if children have high fevers they can cause seizures but that is not considered epilepsy. That’s another topic .
Now back to different types of seizures – it really depends on what part of the brain was effected.
Causes of epilepsy –
Injury to head
Low glucose level – blood sugar
Symptoms of Epilepsy
Absent or petit mal seizures- what does this mean ?
These types are typically quick, lasting seconds and may happen many times a day .
Blinking of eyes or other small repetitive movements
Partial or focal seizures
This means only part of the brain is involved.Depending on the part of brain that is having abnormal activity, symptoms will vary in different ways.
Here is what you may witness –
Someone may appear confused or dazed.
We have seen patients who are fully alert to being unconscious.
Other symptoms may include picking at clothes, or lip smaking.
If part of the brain controlling movement of the leg is involved for example, then part of the leg may show rhythmic movement or jerking.
This means all areas of the brain are involved. Some people will use the term grand mal seizures to describe this type of activity.
What does this look like ?
Eyes are usually open
The person having this type of seizure may make some sound, cry out, and stiffen, while others have rhythmic movements of both arms and legs.Sometimes these movements slow down before stopping.
It often appears that they may not be breathing to breathing deeply after an episode has occurred.
Often one may soil themselves with urine.
The return to consciousness is gradual and usually occurs within a few moments. They are often confused briefly after an event.
Do you know what to do when you see someone having seizure?
Protect them !
Loosen any right neckwear
Cushion the persons head
Do not place anything in the mouth
Turn the person on his or his side
Do not hold the person down or restrain the person
How do you diagnose Epilepsy?
Scarlett and I always ask families before they speak with MD to record as much information / data if you will so MD can better diagnosis what is going on .
For example – ask the eye witness to describe in writing what they witnessed when the event occurred.
What was the one having seizure doing before event, what kind of movements did you see, how long did it last, and what happened after the event.
The doctor will ask about family history, past medical history, as well as social history.
Labs, including blood and urine.MRI, CT scan, or EEG, as well strength and reflex testing .
Let’s talk about conventional treatment –
Vagus nerve stimulation
USA Today reports the following ”The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the use of a drug derived from marijuana giving the go ahead to treat two rare forms of epilepsy with the compound cannabidiol, also known as CBD, found in hemp and marijuana.”
FDA Comissioner Scott Gottlieb states the following ”
This approval serves as a reminder that advancing sound development
programs that properly evaluate active ingredients contained in marijuana can lead to import medical therapies.”
Guys there is hope for you and your loved one.
We encourage you to review our website so you can review and discuss with your medical team.
Our goal is to educate as many people as we can, that there are choices. You don’t know what you don’t know .
Elaine and I being in Hospice for over 70 years combined.
We’ve seen first-hand patients who have been helped by different medicines. Some conventional some not. We are advocates of
Medical Marijuana because it does work. And for CBD oil which is readily available and legal for everyone. If you are interested in checking it out.
Elaine and Scarlett