Epilepsy and Intractable Seizures Qualify for a West Virginia Marijuana Card
What are Epilepsy and Intractable Seizures?
Epilepsy is a chronic disorder that disrupts the normal functioning of the brain, causing seizures. Seizures can range from mild to severe, with some people having one or two short seizures infrequently, while others may experience multiple seizures per day.
Intractable seizures may or may not be caused by epilepsy, but they are seizures that continue with no foreseeable end to the cycle.
Epilepsy and intractable seizures can severely restrict daily life activities, such as cognitive function, emotions, work, eating, and sleeping. And though sometimes treatable with medication, seizure disorders can often be a lifelong struggle.
Fortunately, epilepsy and intractable seizures are both qualifying conditions for medical marijuana in West Virginia.
How are Epilepsy & Intractable Seizures Diagnosed and Treated?
Epilepsy is one of the most common types of neurological disorders, and seizures can be caused by anything from having the condition of epilepsy itself, to brain injuries or psychiatric conditions. Over two-thirds of seizures have no known cause.
In some cases, epilepsy can be easily controlled with medication, while in others it can be very difficult to cure or treat. Reportedly, nearly one-third of people who have epilepsy are resistant to treatment and do not respond to medication at all.
And despite much research into epilepsy, scientists and medical professionals still know very little about what actually causes the disease or how it can be treated effectively for all individuals who are affected.
Risk Factors for Having Epilepsy
The factors that increase your risk for epilepsy are also highly variable. Some known conditions linked to epilepsy include having another neurological disorder such as Alzheimer's disease, Down Syndrome, or specific genetic conditions.
Infections of the brain or spinal cord (encephalitis), certain tumors, any injury causing severe trauma damage to the brain, and even being struck by lightning strike can bring on epilepsy.
Can Medical Marijuana Help with Epilepsy & Intractable Seizures?
Medical marijuana products have shown to be extremely effective in treating some cases of epilepsy and seizure disorders.
Patients with treatment-resistant forms of epilepsy and seizure disorders have turned to medical marijuana for incredible relief that is not traditionally available from drug manufacturers.
Many patients find that medical marijuana even works better for their seizures than pharmaceutical drugs do, without the risk of adverse side effects and the dangers associated with anti-seizure medications and narcotics.
As a natural alternative, medical marijuana has been shown effective in reducing certain types of seizure symptoms, with the potential to reduce seizure frequencies, and in some cases, even reducing hundreds of seizures a month to less than a handful per month.
Medical Marijuana Shown to Help Many with Epilepsy & Intractable Seizures
Studies have found that when CBD and THC are taken together, they can provide amazing relief for those suffering from involuntary muscle spasms, seizures, and even grand-mal seizures.
Stories such as those of Charlotte Figi, who was subject to hundreds of violent seizures each month before using CBD have been a bright light for those looking to treat their seizure disorders.
Certain medical marijuana products such as Rick Simpson Oil (RSO), or 1:1 THC:CBD capsules or mixtures have been invaluable products for those suffering from epilepsy and intractable seizures, offering the convenience of being able to use their medication without inhaling toxic smoke.
Edibles are another common way that many epilepsy patients use medical marijuana products. Without the fear of overdosing or complications with most medications, medical marijuana is often a safer alternative to the volatile anti-seizure medications that are usually prescribed for epilepsy and seizure disorders.
Get Your Medical Marijuana Card in West Virginia
West Virginia approves the use of medical marijuana for epilepsy and intractable seizures.
Having a West Virginia marijuana card allows you the freedom to take your medication the right way for you.
Getting your medical marijuana certification in West Virginia is an easy process, and applicants can even receive their certification from the comfort of their own home!
Take the steps to reserve an appointment with a medical marijuana doctor online today, to become a medical cannabis patient in West Virginia.
We’re dedicated to helping patients every step of the way! Feel free to give us a call at 877-303-8424 and we can answer your questions about getting a medical marijuana card in West Virginia.
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Schedule a telemedicine appointment by calling us at (877) 303-8424.
Meet virtually with one of our certified physicians through telemedicine to discuss your medical history.
With the doctor's approval, you'll receive your recommendation for a West Virginia medical marijuana card!