Patients with Seizure Disorders Qualify for Medical Marijuana in Georgia
Seizure disorders, also known as epilepsy, are a serious medical condition. By causing dangerous convulsions and periods of inattentiveness, epilepsy can severely interfere with a person’s quality of life.
Some medicines successfully treat seizures, but the side effects can be extreme. Medical marijuana offers an alternative option and has brought many families hope.
When you obtain a Georgia medical marijuana card, you can legally possess up to 20 ounces of low delta 9 THC cannabis oil, and you’ll be among the first people to receive the benefits of future reform efforts.
If you’re living with seizure disorders, or think you may be suffering from epilepsy, it pays to schedule an evaluation to see if medical marijuana is a good fit for you.
What are the Signs and Symptoms of Epilepsy?
There are three basic forms of epilepsy:
Idiopathic epilepsy occurs with no known cause.
Cryptogenic epilepsy occurs when learning delays or other signs of cognitive differences indicate that brain damage might have occurred even though it can’t be clearly identified.
Symptomatic epilepsy occurs when the seizures themselves result from additional forms of brain injury.
It isn’t always clear that a person is experiencing a seizure. In addition to the familiar convulsions, the following behaviors are signs that epilepsy may be present:
Unintended jerking and repetitive movements
Changes to sense of touch, smell, taste, and sound
Unexplained feelings of fear and anxiety
Brief periods when it’s difficult to communicate
Fleeting episodes of unresponsiveness
Sudden bouts of body stiffness
Falling for no apparent reason
Epilepsy can be diagnosed at any point in life, and may occur after sustaining physical trauma. However, many forms of idiopathic and cryptogenic epilepsy are diagnosed during childhood.
In this case, seizures may occur in limited cycles throughout a person’s life, or seizures may occur several times a day making it impossible for both patients and their caregivers to lead productive lives.
3 Easy Steps
Schedule an appointment with one of our friendly marijuana doctors at any location throughout the State!
Attend a virtual evaluation with a state-certified medical marijuana doctor.
With the doctor's approval, you'll receive your card via email from the Georgia Board of Pharmacy.
How Can Medical Marijuana Help Georgia Epilepsy Patients?
Epilepsy is actually one of the conditions that helped alert the nation to the importance of medical marijuana. This is thanks to Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s cannabis documentary, which aired on CNN in 2013.
The documentary features Charlotte Figi, a child who experienced well over 100 seizures per day and finally found relief from cannabis oil. The type of oil Charlotte used had a high concentration of CBD and a low concentration of THC. It reduced her seizures to a much more manageable rate of 2 or 3 each month.
Georgia’s current medical marijuana program allows patients to possess up to 20 ounces of the same type of high CBD, low THC cannabis oil that helped Charlotte. In the event that patients are minors under age 18, caregivers can also register to possess and administer the cannabis oil treatment.
While the exact mechanism by which cannabis stops seizures is unknown, scientists believe its effectiveness is linked to altering the way electrical signals move through the brain.
Additionally, cannabis can help epilepsy patients by improving their quality of sleep, increasing alertness, and boosting their general sense of wellbeing.
How Can Epilepsy Patients Get Approved for a Marijuana Card in Georgia?
The first step toward getting approved for a Georgia medical marijuana card is scheduling a meeting with a physician willing to prescribe medical marijuana.
From this initial consultation, to filing documents with the Georgia health department, to receiving ongoing clinical support, our team at Georgia Marijuana Card assists with every step of the process.
Contact us today, and take an important step toward relieving epilepsy symptoms by legally obtaining your Georgia medical marijuana card.