More than thirty percent of people with epilepsy, which is equivalent to approximately one million Americans, who still experience seizures despite using Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved treatments. It has persuaded many who suffer from uncontrollable seizures or their parents since many who suffer from these are children, to turn to medical cannabis and its properties in order to regain control of their bodies from a disease which has no cure.
A seizure is an “abnormal electrical storm in the brain that causes a sudden alteration in consciousness, sensation and behavior that can manifest from an eye flicker to full-body convulsions.” People with intractable epilepsy, unfortunately, face recurring seizures, which could damage the brain and leave them affected for the rest of their lives. This is usually seen in children with some types of severe pediatric epilepsy like Lennox-Gastaut, Doose, and Dravet syndromes.
There are many stories about parents who desperately search for some type of solution to stop their children’s seizures. Many of them end up turning to medical cannabis, but how much evidence is there for its effectiveness? Well, D. Samba Reddy, Ph.D., R.Ph., professor in the Department of Neuroscience and Experimental Therapeutics at the Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine, researchers therapies for epilepsy. He published a reticule not too long ago, which was written with Victoria Golub, in the Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics about the existing state of medical pot as a treatment for severe epilepsy.
“There was a lot of media attention about how medical marijuana is good for epilepsy,” Reddy, a member of the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), said. “We became interested in finding out whether there was scientific evidence in the literature to support the claims of these people who have seen great benefits.”