Oregon Medical Marijuana Program
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Marijuana: Good for Seizures
Dr. Phil Leveque Salem-News.com
And the Oregonian Bumbling Again.
(MOLALLA, Ore.) - I must thank the Oregonian, even with my left hand. Thy supply me with medical marijuana stories I could not dream up by myself.
On June 17th 2009 they published that now EMT’s could inject anti-seizure drugs, which are valium type drugs Lorazepam and Midazolam which given soon enough will stop the seizure and save the life, into seizure victims without permission from anybody.
Well, yes, this is a good idea because seizures can be lethal and otherwise very dangerous for the powerful thrashing of the patient and helpers and bystanders. We have 50,000 + cases per year.
The Oregonian has been continually insidiously skeptical about medical marijuana despite the fact that Oregon has the MOST successful program in the U.S. with about 22 thousand patients using it successfully for every kind of disease they can think of which obviously isn’t many. Their snide remarks about “JUST GETTING HIGH” no longer has any validity. Besides that 3000 doctors in Oregon are signing applications – marijuana works very well for seizures.
Their SEIZURE remarks require positive debate and correction. All of the standard drugs are brain depressants. In other words they make a patient slow where good brain function is necessary.
Marijuana was discovered to be effective against seizures more than one hundred years ago and it doesn’t make victims feel stupid as do most anti-seizure drugs. One of the most important features of marijuana is that if the victim inhales the VAPOR or smoke the good effects are within seconds. This is very important.
All epilepsy/seizure patients will know before they have a seizure. There is a medical poem which tells them. The poem goes like this:
The aura ---------- Flashes of light
The cry ---------- Involuntary call
The fall ---------- They fall down
The fit ---------- They struggle
The tonus ---------- Stiff arms and legs
The clonus ---------- Flapping of arms and legs
The p**s ---------- Urination
The s**t ---------- Defecation
If the patient is using or uses marijuana with the Aura, it is likely they will not have the rest of the seizure.
Skeptics, like the Oregonian, will ask what is the proof of this benefit?
In Oregon about 600 seizure patients are using medical marijuana successfully. They are even willing to pay the State of Oregon and the marijuana clinics about $300 per year for the PRIVELEGE of using a medication which really works.
SHAME ON THE OREGONIAN FOR BUMBLING THIS IMPORTANT STORY!!
Epilepsy is a neurological condition affecting roughly one in one hundred people. Depending on the area of focus within the brain, there are a range of seizures that epileptic patients suffer, from brief - almost unnoticeable - lapses in consciousness known as "absence" seizures to full body convulsions known as "grand mal" seizures, with many stages in between. Most seizures are heralded by an "aura" of altered behavior and sensitivity to light and sound, and seizures can occur without obvious cause, or be triggered by stress, sleep deficiency, low blood sugar, certain kinds of strobe lights, or even boredom. Some of the common causes of epilepsy include birth injury, viral attacks, head traumas and hormonal imbalances, but it can also be idiopathic - which means there is no known cause.
Some kinds of epilepsy can be controlled with the use of anticonvulsant drugs, but there are also variants which don't respond well to drug therapy. When anticonvulsants are used, there are potentially dangerous side effects including emotional disorders, swollen gums, a decreased production of red blood cells, and softening of the bones. In addition, rarer side effects include loss of motor control, coma, and even death. In addition to side effects, anticonvulsants only completely stop seizures in about 60% of patients.
Cannabis has been known to have anticonvulsant properties for over a century, and studies were done on the use of marijuana to alleviate seizures as early as the 19th century. While most data available today is anecdotal, those personal stories do point to cannabis as an asset in the fight to control seizures. Cannabis analogues have shown to prevent seizures when prescribed in combination with more traditional medications, and patients who have been through the combined drug therapy have stated they are able to wean themselves off the conventional medication and still not have seizures as long as they have a regular supply of cannabis.
More recently, there has been some scientific interest in the use of cannabidiol, a cannabinoid drug, in epilepsy treatment. There is only a very little bit of data about this, but it shows that cannabidiol has almost none of the psychoactive side effects that whole cannabis (or its component element THC) tend to induce.
Nevertheless, there is no formal push to study the benefits of cannabis in epilepsy treatment, though the British Medical Association has stated that it could prove useful as an adjunctive therapy for patients who cannot be kept seizure free using only conventional drug therapy. The National Institutes of Health have echoed this sentiment, calling it an "area of potential value," though that decision is based largely on animal research.