I came across a very sad story this morning. The headline read “Georgia Parents Face Jail Time For treating Teenage Son’s Seizures With Medical Marijuana”. The Brill family is now separated and the son is in a group home. The saddest thing about this story is.
While on medical marijuana, David Brill’s seizures were kept at bay for more than two months, but they returned as soon as he stopped using it. What forced him to stop using medical marijuana was. Local authorities forbade the treatment and arrested the parents. Here is a picture of the family borrowed from the New York Times.
For nearly 5000 years, cannabis has been used widely to treat medical conditions such as:
- Muscle spasticity
During the 19th century, prominent English neurologists Reynolds and Gowers reported successes in treating epilepsy using cannabis. Today, many families whose members are affected by epilepsy are moving to marijuana-friendly states like Colorado because they fear getting arrested for trying to help a loved one. Not all families can afford to pick up their belongings and move to a new state, the question is. Is there a legal way to get medical marijuana in states like Georgia?
What you should know about medical marijuana laws in Georgia is. The law there allows only qualified patients to possess a legal amount of cannabis oil, also, the law has no provision that suggests how a patient might obtain medical marijuana. The legal amount of cannabis oil you can possess if you are a qualified patient in Georgia is 20 fluid ounces of “low THC oil”.
In order to qualify you must suffer from one of the following conditions:
- multiple Sclerosis
- Crohn’s disease
- Mitochondrial disease
- Peripheral neuropathy
- Autism (must be over 18)
- Epidermolysis bullosa
Note that diseases such as AIDS, cancer, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and ALS must be in the severe stage in order to qualify. Also, if the patient is under 18, the condition he or she is suffering from must be diagnosed as severe.
The Georgia Department of Public Health issues “low THC oil registry cards. To get one, your physician must send a certification form and another certification form in your record signed by you and him/her to the department. You will have to pay a $20 fee and you can pick up your card at the nearest public health offices if approved.
To be eligible for the “Low THC Oil Registry Card”, you should be:
- A legal guardian of a minor who has a disease specified by the law and you must be a resident of Georgia.
- An adult who has a disease specified by law and a resident of Georgia
- A legal guardian of an adult who has one or more diseases specified by the law.
Why Medical Cannabis Is The Safest Option For People With Epilepsy
The problem with medicines prescribed to epileptic patients such as brivaracetam, diazepam, carbazepine etc is. They come with brutal side effects. Here are some:
- Attention difficulty
- Poor coordination
- Behavior changes
- Abnormal blood count
- Stomach pain
- Hair loss
- Liver toxicity
- Double vision
- Weight gain
Some doctors recommend dog tranquilizers or medical induced coma to help control seizures. If you have epilepsy, you will have to take more than one type of drug daily each with its own side effects.
Here is the sad part, to stop seizures all a patient needs is three rice sized drops of marijuana oil daily. Even if you use the strongest herb out there, three drops won’t be enough to get you stoned. Also, very few users experience the negative side effects of marijuana such as a slight headache or paranoia. If used right, medical marijuana has no long-term side effects worth mentioning.
High CBD strains won’t get you or a loved one high and given time, the number of seizures the patient experiences in a day will decrease.
Charlotte’s Web CBD Oil And Epilepsy
This is a strain of weed named after the little girl in the video above. When high CBD marijuana enters your body, it stimulates it to create more Cannabinoids and that leads to reduction in seizures and other problems you may have. Your body creates its own Cannabinoids; Cannabinoids are responsible for dealing with memory, thinking, movement coordination, appetite, emotions, and pain.
The important question here is. Will it work for me or my child?
The only way to answer that question is to try it yourself. If you are in a state where weed is illegal, you should consider buying medical marijuana online on websites such as greenganja.com or from Charlotte’s web by the Stanley brothers.
Will Georgia legalize medical marijuana any time soon? We don’t know, what we do know is, marijuana is very beneficial to us medically. If you are currently sick, waiting for the law to change is not a good option. If you can, move to a legal state like Colorado.