Can Medical Marijuana be Used to Treat Epilepsy and Seizure Disorders in Louisiana
What are Epilepsy & Seizure Disorders?
Epilepsy is a condition that affects the brain, causing seizures. More than 3.4 million Americans are believed to have epilepsy, with about 3 million adults and around 400,000 children having the condition according to the CDC in 2015.
Epilepsy and seizure disorders qualify for a medical marijuana card in Louisiana.
Epilepsy can range in severity depending on which part of the brain is affected, while some people with epilepsy will have relatively short seizures once in a while, others may have many types of seizures every month.
The effects of epilepsy can often include a wide range of physical, cognitive, behavioral, and emotional symptoms related to seizures and how they interfere with daily life.
Because seizures can range from only a few a month to multiple seizures per day, epilepsy and seizure disorders can impact not only quality of life, but daily activities such as work, eating, and sleeping.
How are Epilepsy & Seizure Disorders Diagnosed and Treated?
Epileptic seizures can be induced by a variety of factors including the condition of epilepsy itself, brain injury, psychiatric conditions and even drug abuse, and around 70% of epilepsy cases have no known cause.
Some epilepsy cases can be easily controlled with medication, while in other cases epilepsy and seizure disorders cannot be cured or treated very effectively at all. According to some studies, nearly a third of people with epilepsy have a treatment-resistant form of the disorder.
Unfortunately, anyone can develop epilepsy, and despite much research into epilepsy over the years, scientists still know very little about what actually causes epilepsy in most individuals who are affected with the disease.
However, there are certain known factors that increase your risk for epilepsy: having another neurological disorder (such as Alzheimer's), Down Syndrome, specific genetic conditions, infections of the brain or spinal cord, tumors, epilepsy that runs in your family, and even being struck by lightning can cause epilepsy.
Can Medical Marijuana Help with Epilepsy & Seizure Disorders?
Medical marijuana products have shown extremely effective results for some adults and children with epilepsy and seizure disorders.
In fact, much of the research from Western medicine that has gone into the medical benefits of cannabis has been around seizure disorders because the evidence of cannabis as a medicine to treat seizures is quite overwhelming to ignore.
As an alternative to failed pharmaceuticals (or their frequently dangerous side effects), many patients with treatment-resistant forms of epilepsy and seizure disorders have turned to cannabis to treat their condition, and with successful results.
Studies have shown that medical marijuana products have the potential to help patients with epilepsy and seizure disorders, in some cases reducing seizure counts from hundreds a month to less than a handful.
RSO, or Rick Simpson Oil, is a type of product that many patients burdened by seizures use, a highly potent mixture of raw cannabinoids extracted from the cannabis plant that provides incredible relief for many patients suffering from seizures.
Other patients have found that using high amounts of CBD alone, or in conjunction with THC have proved to be the best medical marijuana products for treating epilepsy and seizure disorders.
Get a Louisiana Medical Marijuana Card for Epilepsy & Seizure Disorders
Epilepsy and seizure disorders can be debilitating if not properly treated, and with so many having a drug resistant type of the condition, medical marijuana has been a bright light in a dark tunnel.
The evidence is strong enough that medical marijuana products can help epilepsy and seizure disorders that Louisiana approves these conditions for getting a medical marijuana card in Louisiana.
To find out more, consult with our staff of qualified doctors that can help walk you through the path of getting medical marijuana to help with epilepsy and seizure disorders.
Our doctors can be reached at (833) 253-2943 to help answer any questions you may have about getting a Louisiana marijuana card for epilepsy and seizure disorders.
Get Approved in Three Easy Steps!
Schedule a telemedicine appointment by calling us at (833) 253-2943.
Meet virtually with one of our certified physicians through telemedicine to discuss your medical history.
With the doctor's approval, you'll receive your recommendation from the Louisiana Board of Pharmacy.