Epilepsy is a neurological disorder characterized by epileptic seizures, which are episodes that can vary from brief and nearly undetectable periods to long periods of vigorous shaking. Medical marijuana has been used to treat epilepsy in Canada for many years.
Using Medical Cannabis for Epilepsy Symptoms
Controlled studies have shown medical marijuana to reduce seizures in patients of all ages, with CBD being the most helpful compound to treat most neurological symptoms associated with epilepsy. However, THC can also work well for epilepsy symptoms and a combination of CBD and THC work best, which is commonly known as the ‘entourage effect’.
” A large proportion of patients with epilepsy choose to use cannabis oil rich in the compound CBD, also known as CBD oil.” – Tanny Raz, MD & Director of Medical Business Development at Apollo
It is important for people with epilepsy to highlight the symptoms that can most benefit from medical marijuana, to include it as part of a complete therapy plan.
The Truth About Epilepsy in Canada
Epilepsy is a neurological condition which is characterized by recurring seizures of variable intensity and effect, ranging from short and undetectable to long and violent. Epileptic seizures are generally caused by disturbances in specific regions of the brain that create ‘storms’ of brain activity.
Every day in Canada, approximately 42 people are diagnosed with epilepsy. About 60% of new patients are young children and senior citizens. Some other information about an epilepsy diagnosis:
- 44% are diagnosed before the age of 5.
- 55% before the age of 10.
- 75-85% before age 18.
- 1% of children will have recurrent seizures before age 14.
- 1.3% are over the age of 60.
- 34% of childhood deaths (US) are due to epilepsy or accidents from seizures.
Apollo has seen countless patients who suffer from Epilepsy and we look forward to helping you too!
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