Medical Marijuana & Epilepsy
Historical use of cannabis and epilepsy treatments
"Indian hemp, when pure and administered carefully, is one of the most valuable medicines we possess." —Queen Victoria’s personal physician
The medical marijuana debate has been refueled after the reality television show "Weed Wars" aired an episode about a father who turns to medical marijuana to cure his son's seizures. Here is 's a clip from the show...
"It's what they call a tincture. It's a vegetable glycerine, so it's very sweet. This might work, because I'm not trying to get my son high, I'm trying to cure my son's seizures."
Five-year-old Jayden has Dravet's Syndrome, an extreme form of epilepsy, which has bought on hour-long seizures since he was a few months old. Traditional medication has provided little or no relief for him. So his father turned to Harborside Health Center, a medical marijuana dispensary in Oakland.
The San Francisco Chronicle explains...
"...the staff recommends treating Jayden with a tincture containing a high level of cannabidiol (CBD), a health-restoring compound in cannabis that has been shown to help control convulsions, and low amounts of [tetrahydrocannabinol] (THC), the psychoactive agent found in marijuana."
The creators of Weed Wars, Steve and Andrew DeAngelo, explain on MSNBC - they hope the series will help people see why they believe medical marijuana helps both the patients and the community.
"We're trying to show people that cannabis can be distributed to patients who legitimately need it in a way that brings benefits to community and not harms. You know, in addition to helping our 94,000 patients, we've also created 80 well-paying jobs in the city of Oakland and another 40 in the city of San Jose. And last year, we generated over three million dollars in tax revenue..."