Epilepsy, affecting nearly 30 million people worldwide, is a chronic neurological disorder that causes breaks and bursts of central nervous system activity, producing abnormal and uncontrollable body movements and/or behavior. While the actual cause of epilepsy is currently unknown, studies have shown that head trauma, chemical imbalances, brain infections, brain tumors, and stroke are all common in inducing seizure disorders.
Epilepsy/Seizure Disorder Symptoms Include:
- Loss of consciousness
- Brief interims of confusion
- Uncontrollable jerking limb movements
Treating Epilepsy and Seizure Disorders with Medical Marijuana
Medical cannabis has been used for over 2000 years to help individuals suffering from epilepsy control their seizures. Recently, one double-blind, placebo-controlled study found that cannabidiol (CBD) treatment reduced seizures by an average of 54%. Medical marijuana has the potential to greatly decrease the number and severity of seizures for individuals with epilepsy, promoting greater overall quality of life as well as relieving illness-conceived anxiety.
Medical Marijuana for HIV / AIDS
Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) is a chronic condition of the immune system caused by the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). The progression of HIV/AIDS occurs over a long period of time–ranging from periods of two to ten years. While no definitive cure exists for HIV/AIDS, antiretroviral medications can be used to significantly slow the progression of the disease if diagnosed at an early stage.
HIV / AIDS Symptoms Include:
- Night sweats
- Rashes and bumps across the skin
- Weight loss
- Lesions or white spots in the mouth
- Muscle and joint pain
- Swollen lymph glands
Treating HIV / AIDS with Medical Marijuana
The treatment of HIV/AIDS usually involves a strict regimen of particularly potent drugs which are aimed at supporting the impaired functions of the immune system and are often accompanied by a number of unpleasant side effects. Medical marijuana can help to control both symptoms of HIV/AIDS as well as the negative side-effects of HIV/AIDS medications by helping to reduce muscle, joint, and nerve pain, relieve nausea, improve sleep, stimulate appetite to facilitate weight gain, and prevent wasting, decrease anxiety, and alleviate depression.
Medical Marijuana for Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
Multiple Sclerosis, also known as MS, is an autoimmune disease that leads to the demyelination and eventual deterioration of nerve cells. While periods of remission are possible for individuals diagnosed with MS, relapses and attacks often result in a number of painful and debilitating symptoms.
Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Symptoms Include:
- Numbness or weakness
- Double vision
- Pain during eye movement
- Loss of vision
- Slurred speech
- Pain and tingling in various parts of body, “electric shock” sensations
- Bowel and bladder dysfunctions
Treating Multiple Sclerosis (MS) with Medical Marijuana
Medical cannabis has been proven to reduce the severity of MS symptoms by decreasing the inflammation caused by deteriorating myelin, relieving pain stemming from neural degradation and uncontrollable muscle spasms, relaxing muscles and lessening spasms, as well as controlling gastrointestinal problems.