Medical Marijuana for Epilepsy Tampa, FL 33615
Epilepsy means living with sudden seizures. It affects children and adults alike. A person living with epilepsy faces the challenge of not knowing when an episode will strike. Although there are established treatments for reducing seizures, some people experience highly undesirable side effects. Medical cannabis, and specifically the cannabinoid called CBD, have shown promising treatment potential.
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How Is Cannabis Used for Epilepsy Treatment in Florida?
While more clinical research is needed, many people living with epilepsy, or parents of children with epilepsy, have reported beneficial results from cannabis. People with uncontrolled seizures have reported reduced seizure activity particularly from marijuana strains high in CBD.1 Additionally, CBD does not produce the high associated with tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), so patients can get relief without the euphoric effect. Other people prefer THC to relieve their epilepsy symptoms, or a combination strain.
Cannabis is particularly promising for individuals living with drug-resistant epilepsy. In Florida, people suffering from seizures have been eligible for low-THC cannabis – called “Charlotte’s Web” – since 2014, under the Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act. The 2014 Act also applied to people with severe muscle spasms or cancer. Amendment 2 passed in November, 2016, and expanded medical marijuana to more medical conditions and hence more people.
How CBD can Help Reduce the Frequency of Epileptic Seizures
Medical marijuana, and CBD specifically, seems to reduce the frequency of epileptic seizures for some people, as well as other symptoms of the disorder, like depression and pain. Further research is needed to determine the exact way in which cannabis affects the abnormal, seizure-causing activity in the brain. We do know that cannabinoids like CBD bind to receptors in the endocannabinoid system in your body. And the endocannabinoid system plays a role in regulating the over-activity that causes epileptic seizures.
What is Epilepsy?
Epilepsy is a seizure disorder affecting roughly 3 million people in America, children and adults included. About 400,000 people in Florida are living with epilepsy.2 The primary indication is seizures that recur over and over again, sometimes several hundred times a day. Depending on how the disorder is manifesting for an individual, it can make it difficult or impossible to work and drive. It can strain relationships and burden emotional health. But each person experiences it in their own way.
If you have epilepsy, you may experience different types of seizures. You may experience other neurological symptoms also.
The seizures are caused by abnormal activity in the brain that cause a surge of electrical activity in that organ. There are many types of seizures. The seizure itself is defined in part by the area of the brain affected and the parts of the body affected:
- Focal onset seizures, during which the abnormal activity is isolated to one area of the brain. The person may remain conscious, or they may lose consciousness partially or completely.
- Generalized onset seizures, during which both sides of the brain are affected. There are different types of generalized seizures.
- Unknown onset
Non-epileptic seizures may be caused by alcohol withdrawal, diabetes, mental pain and many other things. Epileptic seizures occur when the communication between neurons in your brain is not working correctly. Some people develop epilepsy following a severe brain injury or because of a tumor on the brain. In many cases, the exact cause is not known.
One-third of people with epilepsy develop a type that is resistant to conventional treatment. That means they have no means of controlling their seizures. Cannabis offers a promising alternative that may provide a solution for certain people. Talk to our Doctor about whether it is right for you or your child.
GET A MEDICAL MARIJUANA CERTIFICATION
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How to Become a Patient
See our physician to determine if you have a qualifying medical condition. Once you have been approved, you will be added to the Medical Marijuana use registry.
Once registered, after 7-10 business days you will receive an email with your Florida Medical Marijuana Patient Number that you can use at any dispensary around the state of Florida. In approximately 30 days you will receive your Florida Medical Marijuana Card in the mail. Vivant Medical Marijuana Tampa, FL 33615
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