Cannabis as an aid to epilepsy seizures
The debate about the ban or legalization of marijuana has been going on for more than a century now, but this continues to be a new problem on the table. Some people strongly support legalization, while many strongly oppose it. However, over the past decade, a debate has been won because marijuana as the term “medical marijuana” has gained momentum with the help of legalization campaigns. However, there are others who prevent it from all laws.
Recent research findings also support optimal use of medical marijuana. He said that certain chemicals found in marijuana could help in treating patients with drug-resistant epilepsy. This new study has provided evidence that marijuana can be useful in treatment for a third of epilepsy patients who have a form of a disease that is resistant to treatment.
The study titled “Cannabidiol in patients with treatment-resistant epilepsy: an open-label intervention trial” – published in The Lancet Neurology – said that nearly one-third of epilepsy patients were resistant to treatment and were associated with severe morbidity and increased mortality. Although cannabis-based treatment for epilepsy has improved people’s interest, scientific data on the subject is very limited, feel the author.
“We aim to establish whether the addition of cannabidiol to existing anti-epilepsy regimens will be safe, tolerable, and efficacious in children and young adults with treatment-resistant epilepsy,” the researchers said.
The researchers, led by Orrin Devinsky, a neurologist at New York University’s Langone Medical Center, gave 99 percent cannabidiol (CBD) extract – non-psychoactive chemicals in marijuana – to 162 patients and monitored it for about 12 weeks. Chemicals are provided as supplements or supplements along with pre-existing medications from the patient and are carried out at an open level, which means everyone is aware of what is given to them. The researchers observed that this intervention succeeded in reducing motor spasms at the same level as existing drugs, but 2 percent of patients became seizure completely free.
Apart from some of the positive results shown by this method, the researchers feel that there is a need for further extensive studies on this issue. “Our findings suggest that cannabidiol can reduce the frequency of seizures and may have an adequate safety profile in children and young adults with epilepsy who are highly resistant to treatment. Randomized controlled trials are needed to characterize the safety profile and the actual efficacy of these compounds, “said the study.
This is not the first time such studies have been conducted. Some previous studies also have similar conclusions. The 2007 study, entitled “Marijuana: Effective Treatment of Antiepilepsy in Partial Epilepsy, A Case Report and Literature Review,” published in the Review by Neurological Diseases also said that “marijuana or its active constituents have a place in the treatment of partial Epilepsy.”
Katherine Mortati, MD, a neurologist at the Center for Comprehensive Epilepsy at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, who has conducted the study, said “In this study, we present the case of a 45-year-old man with cerebral palsy and epilepsy who showed a marked improvement using marijuana. This case supports other anecdotal data showing that marijuana use can be a useful additional treatment in some patients with epilepsy. ”
Even the British Epilepsy Association said in 2006 that “there is scientific evidence showing that marijuana might be useful in treating some conditions, including epilepsy.”
More research needs to be done to find evidence of the usefulness of marijuana in dealing with epilepsy. Even if proven, marijuana will continue to be an addictive substance, which may have some side effects, such as hallucinations, cravings, and drug-seeking behavior.