Medical Marijuana for Epilepsy
Marijuana as a form of Epilepsy treatment
Marijuana has been the subject of numerous studies over the years; in particular, studies on how it can treat neuropsychiatric disorders like epilepsy. In 2018, an oral CBD product called EPIDIOLEX was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in those over two years of age with Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, two types of epilepsy disorders.
But how can cannabis possibly treat epilepsy and its difficult-to-control symptoms (like shaking)? What does marijuana contain that can help control such a difficult condition? How can a physician prescribe it for relief from epileptic symptoms?
With scientific advances in the study of cannabis, there is the possibility for gaining relief. And, with the right physician on your side, you can get qualified for an ID card and get treatment in the state of Florida
Medical Marijuana / Cannabis as a Treatment for Epilepsy
Marijuana, otherwise known as cannabis, has two major cannabinoids in it that give it a healing effect. Tetrahydrocannabinol (better known as THC) is a psychoactive ingredient that produces a "high". Cannabidiol (CBD) is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid that has similar effects as THC.
Documented use of cannabis stems all the way back to China in 4000 BC. In recent years, cannabis has received attention for its ability to reduce symptoms of various diseases and disorders, including different types of epilepsy and conditions that involve shaking. By the end of 2017, it appeared that there was finally good evidence of its efficacy.
When cannabis is ingested, THC makes its way to the receptors in the brain known as neurotransmitters. These receptors are responsible for relaying messages throughout the body. The central nervous system (CNS) hosts the endocannabinoid system, which communicates in its own unique way. THC binds to cannabinoid receptors and quickly changes the way communication happens between the brain and the body.
Seizures happen when the brain gets overloaded with abnormal electrical signals that disrupt the usual electrical communication system. Depending on which area of the brain gets impacted and how it happens, you can experience different types of seizures. For example, atonic (or "drop") seizures cause a sudden loss of muscle tone, which leads to a person collapsing. Some people also experience shaking.
One recent study shows that drop seizures in children and adults with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome can be reduced by taking Epidiolex. One-fourth of participants taking 20 mg doses experienced a 75 percent reduction in the occurrence of drop seizures.
While studies on the efficacy of THC as a form of relief for those with seizures, current evidence is pretty positive. Cannabis is being used more as a treatment for shaking, whether it is from seizures or tremors.
Cannabis is also known to reduce stress, which is a common trigger for seizures. There is one particular neurotransmitter in the brain called corticotropin-releasing factor (CRF) that seems to be involved in stress-related seizures. When introduced to the piriform cortex (a part of the brain known to be involved in seizure activity), CRF activated a G protein, which led to a change in communication between the piriform cortex's nerve cells. This ultimately caused more seizures to occur in the lab rats who were experimented on.
By blocking CRF-caused excitation in the piriform cortex, there is a possibility that seizure activity could decrease. One cannabinoid receptor, CB1, plays a role in how we experience stress and anxiety. Anxiety increases when this receptor is blocked or its G protein gets deleted. This receptor is found in multiple areas of the brain, including the amygdala, hippocampus, and hypothalamus - all areas of the brain where seizure activity is known to occur.
Cannabis introduces receptors that could potentially unblock CB1 and, therefore, decrease the amount of stress and anxiety people with epilepsy sometimes experience. While it might not totally eliminate seizure activity, cannabis might just have the ability to reduce the number of occurrences.
Why Cannabimed: Florida Medical Marijuana ID Cards and Certification
Cannabimed is owned and managed by a group of South Florida-based physicians. We are a medical marijuana certification company and are here to help patients get registered with the Department of Health in the state of Florida in order to option their medical marijuana ID card.
Having a licensed doctor on your side makes it easier to get a medical marijuana ID card in the State of Florida. The medical marijuana certification process can seem confusing, even overwhelming, if you don't know how to get started. That's why our physician is here to help you navigate the process of medical marijuana certification and help obtain your ID card in a timely manner.
Utilizing Cannabimed makes it a lot more convenient to get your medical marijuana certification and ID card if you’re suffering from the effects of epilepsy. We eliminate the need to sit and wait for hours on end in a busy doctor's office. Even finding a doctor who is willing to help you get medical marijuana can be tough.
At Cannabimed, we will have a resident doctor review your medical record as part of a full-scale evaluation at your home, office, or choice of private location, before giving you qualification to obtain your ID card. All you have to do is fill out your initial evaluation forms from the comfort of your own home or office.
We are upfront with our prices and strive to make getting relief from chronic health symptoms affordable. Our initial evaluation costs $249, while follow-up evals cost $199. The patient transfer fee is $99, and the ID card application fee is just $25.
Just bear in mind that, in the State of Florida, medical marijuana certifications are not covered by insurance. Hence, you will have to pay out-of-pocket for all certification and treatment expenses.
Trying to find relief from epilepsy and shaking can be worrisome when it comes to giving out personal info. In Florida, you do have to register with the Department of Health in order to get your ID card and receive treatment. However, if you want to connect with one of our physicians, Cannabimed guarantees your privacy.
Our doctors will help you safely navigate the Florida Department of Health. Our website is protected so that your information will stay private. We can also help you learn about your rights as an ID card holder in the state of Florida.
Contact Cannabimed today and schedule your consultation. As a reminder, we come to you!