More than 200,000 adults and children in the state of Florida suffer from epilepsy. For most people, medication can eliminate or minimize seizure activity. However, some forms of epilepsy don’t respond well to traditional treatment. An oz. of Wellness Healthcare located in Boca Raton, Orlando, and Palm Bay, Florida, is a medical marijuana treatment center (MMTC) and offers alternative treatments for the management of epilepsy. Call the office or book an appointment online today.
Epilepsy is a neurological disorder that causes abnormal brain activity that leads to seizures, a change in behavior, or loss of awareness. There are several potential factors that may cause a neurological disorder, including:
However, for more than half of those with epilepsy, there is no known underlying cause. The seizure symptoms can also vary, ranging from a few seconds of blank staring to several minutes of extremity twitching. Certain types of epilepsy can be so severe that seizure activity is frequent and prolonged and affects the overall quality of life.
For most people with epilepsy, seizure activity can be controlled with medication. For those who don’t respond well to medication, surgery to remove the portion of the brain responsible for the abnormal activity may be recommended.
The state of Florida lists epilepsy as a qualifying condition for the use of medical marijuana.
Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome are two rare forms of epilepsy usually diagnosed during infancy that cause severe, prolonged seizure activity. Traditional treatments aren’t effective at managing the seizure activity caused by these syndromes. Early evidence indicates that a cannabinoid found in the cannabis family of plants, specifically cannabidiol (CBD), may be an effective treatment for these severe forms of epilepsy.
The team at An oz. of Wellness Healthcare can determine if you’re a good candidate for medical marijuana during a consultation. You may want to consider scheduling an appointment if you’re looking for alternative treatments for the management of your epilepsy.
If the team thinks you would benefit from the use of medical marijuana, they can certify your medical condition for the registry so you can apply for your medical marijuana registry identification (ID) card. The team also provides dose recommendations, which are uploaded to a database that’s shared with the medical marijuana dispensaries.
An oz. of Wellness Healthcare isn’t a medical marijuana dispensary.
There is evidence that CBD may be effective for treating Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome. The FDA recently approved the use of Epidiolex, which is a plant-based formula of CBD, for the treatment of these conditions in children ages 2 and up.
An oz. of Wellness Healthcare also carries medical-grade, full-spectrum hemp CBD oil. You don’t need a medical marijuana registry ID card to use hemp-derived CBD oil.
To learn more about the alternative treatments for epilepsy, contact An oz. of Wellness Healthcare by phone or online today.