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Medical Marijuana For Epilepsy

MISSISSIPPI MEDICAL MARIJUANAS UPDATE

QUESTION:

Can I Get Medical Marijuana For Treatment of Epilepsy In Mississippi?

ANSWER:

Yes. But, you must be certified for treatment by a Mississippi Department of Health (MDOH) credentialed medical cannabis practitioner. The Mississippi Medical Cannabis Act allows patients to be certified for medical marijuana treatment if they have a “debilitating medical condition”, which includes the following:

A chronic, terminal or debilitating disease or medical condition, or its treatment, that produces one or more of the following: cachexia or wasting syndrome, chronic pain, severe or intractable nausea, seizures, or severe and persistent muscle spasms, including, but not limited to, those characteristic of multiple sclerosis; or any other serious medical condition or its treatment added by the Mississippi Department of Health, as provided for in Section 9 of The Mississippi Medical Marijuana Act:

The MDOH hopes to begin credentialing physicians no later than June 3rd, 2022. A list of credentialed doctors will be available then. After being certified you will then apply for your medical cannabis identification card through the Mississippi Department of Health. Products may not be available for purchase until late fall 2022.

After being certified you will then apply for your medical cannabis identification card through the Mississippi Department of Health.

Our Goal is to be the most trustworthy resource of reliable, easy-to-find, and impartial information for patients and families suffering from epilepsy and other qualifying medical conditions who are considering medical cannabis.

Know The Facts About Medical Marijuana & The Treatment Of Epilepsy

Mississippi’s medical cannabis laws allow only MDOH credentialed practitioners to prescribe medical cannabis.

Marijuana strains vary in their amounts of THC or CBD. By state law, the flower cannot contain more than 30% THC, and all other forms not more than 60% THC.

And, as with any medication, there are risks and side effects to consider. That is why it is so important to talk to your MDOH credentialed medical cannabis practitioner, pharmacist, and medical cannabis dispensary agent to help you consider:

  • The possible side effects you may experience.
  • The right strain (indica, sativa, or hybrid) for you.
  • The right “Start Low and Go Slow” micro-dosing plan for you.

Medical Cannabis (Medical Marijuana) and Epilepsy

Epilepsy commonly impacts children and the eldery, and it is reported that 180,000 new cases of epilepsy occur annually in the United States. So far, it is difficult to determine the exact cause of epilepsy among most patients, with some research indicating family history and injury, such as head trauma and brain conditions.

Medical research indicates that the use of medical cannabis leads to dramatic decreases in the number of seizures an epileptic patient suffers, especially children. Some studies have examined children suffering from epilepsy where traditional medications to help prevent seizures are largely ineffective.

Use of Medical Cannabis (Medical Marijuana) to Treat Epilepsy

Disclaimer: The content reported here is intended to provide the public with information as reported by medical and scientific studies and data available to the Mississippi Cannabis Patients Alliance. The Alliance does not provide a diagnosis of patient conditions, or provide healthcare recommendations for a specific patient. All patients should consult their healthcare provider on any forms of treatment specific to their current condition.

The use of medical cannabis to treat causes of seizures in patients with epilepsy is an ongoing study. Most research illustrates the use of cannabis is effective in a majority of patients. While additional research is ongoing, some studies point towards a possible impact in the hippocampus in the brain. This research indicates that epilepsy may interfere with the hippocampus, and the use of medical cannabis serves to slow or prevent such interference, reducing or eliminating seizures. Other research indicates that medical cannabis can positively interact with NMDA receptors in the brain, also serving to reduce and eliminate seizures.

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