Medical Marijuana Specialist located in Santa Rosa Beach, FL
Epilepsy is a brain disorder that affects more than 3 million American adults and 470,000 children. Perry Hight, MD, and the team at Zen Releaf in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, have experience identifying epilepsy and providing treatments to help manage its symptoms, including medical marijuana. If you suffer from the seizures that affect the majority of people with epilepsy, call the office or use the online scheduling tool to book an appointment today.
Epilepsy Q & A
What is epilepsy?
Epilepsy is a disorder that affects your nervous system. People with epilepsy have abnormal brain activity that causes seizures or periods of unusual behavior.
What are the symptoms of epilepsy?
Seizures are the main symptom of epilepsy. They can last for a few seconds or a few minutes. Seizures happen when there’s abnormal activity in your brain and affect the many functions that your brain controls.
Symptoms of epilepsy include:
- Temporary confusion
- Staring blankly
- Repeated twitching
- Uncontrollable jerking of your extremities
- Loss of consciousness or awareness
- Fear, anxiety, or deja vu
Although most of the symptoms of epilepsy aren’t life-threatening, if you have a seizure at certain times it could lead to injury and circumstances that are dangerous for you and others.
If you experience a seizure that lasts longer than five minutes or is followed by another seizure almost immediately, get professional medical attention at Zen Releaf.
What causes epilepsy?
There’s no identifiable cause of epilepsy in around half of all epileptic patients. For others, the condition is brought on by various factors, such as:
- Head trauma
- Brain conditions
- Infectious diseases
- Prenatal injury
- Developmental disorders
People of all genders and ethnic backgrounds can develop epilepsy and it can be a lifelong condition that requires constant attention.
How do you treat epilepsy?
Treatments for epilepsy aim to reduce the number and severity of your seizures. At Zen Releaf, the team uses medication that includes medical marijuana as a treatment for seizures.
Medically guided marijuana use can effectively reduce the frequency and severity of your seizures. Certain types of marijuana-derived medication are FDA approved for treating epilepsy and are shown to reduce seizures and greatly improve your quality of life.
Zen Releaf provides medical marijuana in the form of oral medication for patients who don’t wish to smoke it. The practice also provides strains that are heavy in their cannabidiol (CBD) content, which provides the benefits of marijuana without the intoxicating effects.
To learn more about how medical marijuana can help control your seizures, call the office or use the online booking tool to make an appointment at Zen Releaf today.