Medical Marijauna: A Potential Life Saver

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Medical Marijuana; A Potential Life Saver.
Many people all over the world suffer from epilepsy, a serious disease where if one is exposed to flashing lights he or she will experience a seizure. Some people have special medication to cope with the seizures, some have to go under surgery and others do not know where to turn. Studies have been conducted and doctors are leaning towards medical marijuana as a possible option. This marijuana is not the typical “Cheech and Chong stoner” kind of marijuana. In fact one cannot even get high off of it.
Imagine being a kid that has to worry about if he or she took their medication before they go to watch the new episode of “Pokémon” on Saturday morning. While all the other kids are growing up playing any video game they please these children that suffering from Epilepsy must restrain them selves from playing. If they are exposed to rapid flashing lights it usually coincides with them experiencing a deadly seizure. When someone begins to endure one of these seizures they go completely brain dead and collapse right where they are standing. As they loose consciousness their muscles also begin to contract, which causes the person to flail his or her limbs in an unnatural fashion. Also their jaw muscles begin to spasm as well and the person can end up biting his or her tongue, which can lead in choking on pieces of tongue or the blood coming from the wound. While all of that is going on the victim can also have involuntary bowel movements. On top of all of that these seizures can be spontaneous lasting about ten minutes, anything longer then that can be very catastrophic to the victim. “Fortunately, most seizures stop on their own after a couple minutes. Any that last longer than five to 10 minutes (doctors call such long-lasting seizures status epilepticus) are a medical emergency and must be halted with medication administered intravenously by a doctor or emergency medical technician.” (Quick injection helps. LeWine).
Epilepsy is a disease that can be passed down from blood and also can be obtained randomly. This disease can creep its way into anyone’s life at any age. It is usually associated with people who have gone through severe brain injuries. When someone hits their head hard enough it creates trauma that can alter how the brain sends signals to certain parts of the body. One cannot tell right of the bat if they are now suffering from Epilepsy right after their injury, it is possible for this disease to form a few weeks after the injury had happened. Just because someone is experiencing seizures after a massive brain injury does not necessarily mean they are epileptic. It is normal for a few seizures to happen due to the internal bleeding happening in the brain. If these seizures become recurrent then it most likely means that person has developed epilepsy. This is because after that much trauma hits the brain it can create damage to the brain and cause major issues to the brain cells themselves....

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