Inforum reports on improvements a seizure patient experienced after using medicinal cannabis.
Seizure patient sees improvements immediately after using high CBD oil for seizures
Leah Corcoran was very excited after her 25-year-old daughter, Sarah didn’t wake up with a violent seizure for the fifth day in a row. This is a first in her life since she has been on medical cannabis.
Sarah suffered tonic-clonic seizures, previously known as grand mal, since infancy. The frequency of her seizures decreased since she uses medical cannabis oil as treatment.
At three months old, Sarah had her first seizure, and was diagnosed with idiopathic intractable seizures, which means seizures of unknown origin that are treatment-resistant.
She became severely disabled, losing the ability to speak although she could talk in the past. She also lost mobility and became totally dependent on others for care. She is mostly in a wheelchair, but will sometimes get up and move around. She will feed herself sometimes, but she is mostly fed by hand or through a gastronomy tube to her stomach.
Mom Leah has always been convinced that if Sarah’s seizures could be decreased, her quality of life would improve. Her family tried every possible treatment, from conventional pharmaceutical treatment to acupuncture. Nothing helped until they discovered cannabis oil.
The seizures have changed the course of her life it is devastating, and very sad for her family to accept the reality of her severe disability.
Pain management specialist at Sanford Bemidji, Dr. William Dicks said no one knows for sure if, and how cannabis prevents seizures, because of lack of research on the illegal drug. He explains one theory that could be why people believe cannabis prevents seizure.
He says one of the brain’s supporting structures, microglia, which are more common than neurons, and can be activated, and turn into macrophages, act as cleaners of debris in the brain such as bacteria or viruses. What could possibly be the case is that cannabinoids interact with microglia. It has not been proven. Not one study has been done on the theory, says Dicks.
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Hard work to get medical cannabis legal
Corcoran was confident medical cannabis would help Sarah, and worked hard at campaigning to get it legal in Minnesota. She thought it would be easy after that, but then finding a physician, and get enrolled on the program turned out to be equally hard.
She eventually found a doctor willing to help – she won’t disclose his name for fear that the judgmental would hurt his reputation. After an enormous amount of paperwork and certificates, and a year-long wait, Sarah started on her treatment with medical cannabis oil.
Twenty times more CBD than THC
Sarah uses CBD oil that contains 20 times more CBD than THC, and the results were instant, after her first dose through her gastronomy she went three days without any seizures. Her dose has been increased from 2ml twice a day to 5ml twice a day. She still takes her conventional anticonvulsants. Leah says Sarah’s condition has improved dramatically, and everyone who knows her, or has worked with her, says the same.
The medical cannabis is as close to a silver bullet one will get says Corcoran, who has opened an account for Sarah, as the treatments turned out to be expensive, and she has used all her savings. She hopes there will be friends and family who might help to keep Sarah on the treatment.
High CBD oil for seizures:
Even if science has not had the opportunity to discover exactly how high CBD oil for seizures works, it will become clear in the near future. For now patients suffering as much as Sarah will have to go by word of mouth reports until science catches up. Already, extensive research into CBD for medication resistant seizures is underway.