Medical Marijuana For Epilepsy Patients In Missouri
Epilepsy, including other seizure disorders, is the fourth most common neurological disease, and there about 61,000 patients in the State of Missouri currently living with the condition. Despite its prevalence, and the serious impediment it can cause in the lives of people with the disease, scientists have yet to find a cure. Thankfully, there are ways to manage the condition and keep seizures and side effects to a minimum. One such treatment is medical marijuana, which is now available in Missouri. Epilepsy patients are eligible to use medical marijuana to ease their symptoms and control seizures.
Medical Marijuana Can Help Epilepsy And Seizure Disorders
Currently, the most widely prescribed treatment for epilepsy is pharmaceutical medication. Despite the wide variety of medications available, many people still are not effectively treated by these treatments. By some estimates, roughly a third of people with epilepsy have treatment-resistant types of the disease, meaning that currently available medications do not help their condition. Without a way to manage seizures, epilepsy becomes a highly debilitating disease.
For the people that do choose to treat their epilepsy with medication, they often face unpleasant side effects such as dizziness, sleep disturbances, skin rashes, memory problems, and more. The problem of unpleasant side effects, coupled with the fact that pharmaceuticals do not help some people, makes it all the better that cannabis is now available as another treatment option in Missouri.
Medical marijuana for epilepsy treatment has been studied for years. Specifically, cannabidiol, a non-psychoactive component of marijuana, is effective at controlling and reducing occurrence of seizures. Cannabidiol (CBD) will not produce the “high” that many people associate with marijuana. As a non-psychoactive substance, CBD does not seriously impact one’s mental state. Rather, it works with receptors in the body to impact things such as pain, inflammation, and anxiety. Notably, CBD can also function as an anticonvulsant.
A study published in The Lancet Neurology in 2015 examined the impact of CBD on treatment-resistant types of epilepsy, and found that CBD could reduce seizure frequency for people whom have not been successfully treated with medication. The fact that CBD has been proven effective for treatment-resistant types of epilepsy opens the door for thousands of people who previously were living with epilepsy without any way to manage their symptoms. They also found minimal adverse effects related to the CBD treatment, another positive note given the side-effects that accompany many existing medications.
The efficacy of cannabis for treating epilepsy is promising. If you or someone you love is living with epilepsy and is interested in the benefits of CBD, discuss medical marijuana with a medical professional. If you would like to learn more about medical marijuana and take the first step towards treating epilepsy with CBD, please reach out. We’re here to help!
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Is Medical Marijuana Right For You?
Everyone is different. Medical Marijuana has the potential to provide significant relief for some people, and not as much for others. With medical marijuana now legal in Missouri, the choice is up to you! If you're interested in trying medical marijuana, but you don't want to get the "high" feeling often associated with the plant, don't worry! There are new medical marijuana products that isolate the plant's therapeutic compounds while eliminating much of the THC that is responsible for the "high".
Missouri Marijuana Card Can Help You Obtain A Medical Marijuana Card!
Missouri Marijuana Card has doctor offices throughout the State of Missouri that specialize in helping qualifying patients access medical marijuana. If you’re interested in discussing whether medical marijuana is right for you, we're here to help you every step of the way. Give us a call, or schedule an appointment online for more information. You can also check out our frequently asked questions page.