Seizures

When there’s a sudden, abnormal electrical activity in the brain, it will likely result in a seizure. Although you may think of people uncontrollably shaking when they are experiencing a seizure, this may not always be the case. Symptoms range from mild to extremely severe. There are two main types of seizures; focal and generalized. Focal seizures are also called partial seizures as they happen in only a portion of your brain. Generalized seizures occur when there’s abnormal activity on both sides of the brain.

Epilepsy is a disorder that causes nerve cells in your brain to misfire, which causes seizures. There are around 12 types of epilepsy, which have an impact on the type of seizure you have.

How long seizures last depends on a variety of factors. Generally speaking, they last anywhere from 30 seconds to two minutes, and they usually don’t cause permanent damage. If a seizure lasts longer than five minutes or a person doesn’t gain consciousness in-between them, this is considered a medical emergency and they should go to the hospital immediately.

Triggers

It’s hard to pinpoint the exact cause of seizures, and many different things can be the catalyst. Common causes include cancer, stroke, brain tumors, low blood sugar, electrolyte imbalances, repetitive sounds or flashing lights, medication withdrawal, brain infections and narcotic usages like cocaine and heroin.

Symptoms

The symptoms of seizures depend on what type it is. Common symptoms include temporary confusion, uncontrollable jerking movements of arms and legs, intense staring, loss of consciousness or awareness as well as cognitive or emotional symptoms like anxiety, fear or déjà vu.

How Medical Marijuana Can Help

There have been multiple case studies that show medical cannabis can help reduce seizures. Specifically, cannabidiol, a non-psychoactive compound found in cannabis is linked to helping seizures. For example, there was a study of 272 patients, and 86 percent experienced some degree of seizure reduction when they used medical marijuana. Research has found that a combination of cannabinoids and terpenes is the most effective in treating seizures. These substances bind to receptors in the brain and can help block the transmission of pain signals.

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