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Symptom Treatment: Seizures

November 20th, 2021

For those suffering from major seizure disorders or epilepsy, finding something to help medicate is less of a choice and more of a necessity of living happily and safely. Though anticonvulsants and beta-blockers are frequent pharmaceutical options, both boast a full improvement rate of less than 80%, leaving the door open to treatment with medical cannabis. With medical cannabis, we’ve seen a proven correlation between frequency of seizures, cause of seizures, and intensity of seizures in a three-fold impact on the average patient’s health. With an impact this large, medical cannabis simply must be analyzed thoroughly.

Before addressing the cause or intensity of seizure after-effects, the primary goal for most pharmaceuticals prescribed medications is to avoid the seizure altogether; which cannabis is actively assisting in. In late 2021, Bruce Goldman of Stanford concluded that a dominant chemical in cannabis, 2-arachidonoylglycerol, or 2-AG, actively reduces seizure amount in a tenfold response to the control group. However, no medication is without any side effect; in this instance, when a seizure does happen, cannabis keeps its side effects amplified. Short-term memory loss is to be expected, as standard to a seizure and cannabis. Simply stated, cannabis is effective at reducing seizures, but remains to have side effects.

Beyond just reducing the frequency of seizures, cannabis directly addresses the intensity of seizures. That same study, corroborated by the University of Washington, indicates that seizure length, compared to pharmaceutically treated individuals and the company control group, remains significantly shorter in length when treated with cannabis. In fact, most cannabis-treated individuals remained in the first quarter percentile in length. When the primary cause of death from epilepsy or seizures is suffocation due to the length of it in itself, cannabis is effective in addressing that point. Thus, cannabis could prove effective in saving epileptic lives in the long run, though this is concluded from current evidence. 

In terms of seizures after-effects, they cannot be forgotten. As previously stated, cannabis cannot help the amnesia or short-term memory loss created by seizures, but it also hasn’t been proven to harm an individual using it medically. However, referring to the previous point, these symptoms are mostly caused by a lack of oxygen to the brain during a seizure. Following the logic of cannabis reducing the length of seizures, cannabis can help in reducing the intensity of these symptoms de facto, not directly. Beyond the after-effects of the seizure itself, multiple anticonvulsants have a plethora of side effects, including heart murmurs and death, whereas cannabis purely affects short-term memory in this instance. Simply said, by reducing the amount of time in a seizure, cannabis can help reduce regular seizure after-effects in some instances. 

Cannabis remains at the forefront of medicine for a reason; it’s incredibly impactful at treating the symptoms that are set as qualifying conditions for Ohio, and many more. If you suffer from seizures or epilepsy, please get in contact with us at Summit Releaf so we can take steps towards getting you medicated the way you’d like to be.

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