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Cerebral Palsy

Treating Cerebral Palsy with Medical Marijuana

What is Cerebral Palsy?

Cerebral Palsy is a disorder that results in a person having difficulty balancing, posturing, and overall movement. In fact, Cerebral Palsy is considered the most prevalent childhood motor disability, according to the CDC. The cause of Cerebral Palsy is abnormal brain development which impacts the individual’s ability to have absolute control over his or her muscles and movements.

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Symptoms of Cerebral Palsy

Patients diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy will likely experience all or some of the following symptoms:

  • Stiff Muscles
  • Exaggerated Reflexes
  • Variations in muscle tone
  • Involuntary movements
  • Lack of Balance
  • Lack of muscle coordination
  • Delays in motor skills
  • Drooling
  • Problems swallowing
  • Difficulty learning
  • Seizures
  • Trouble walking

Symptoms of Cerebral Palsy

Patients diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy will likely experience all or some of the following symptoms:

  • Stiff Muscles
  • Exaggerated Reflexes
  • Variations in muscle tone
  • Involuntary movements
  • Lack of Balance
  • Lack of muscle coordination
  • Delays in motor skills
  • Drooling
  • Problems swallowing
  • Difficulty learning
  • Seizures
  • Trouble walking

Types of Cerebral Palsy

 

Spastic Cerebral Palsy

Dyskinetic Cerebral Palsy

    • Problems controlling movements of extremities
    • Difficulty walking
    • Difficulty Sitting
    • Uncontrollable movements
    • Possible difficulty eating and swallowing

Ataxic Cerebral Palsy

    • Impacts balance and coordination
    • Trouble walking
    • Trouble with controlled movements, such as writing

Mixed Cerebral Palsy

    • Combination of two or more of the above forms of Cerebral Palsy
    • Spastic-Dyskinetic is the most common form of Mixed Cerebral Palsy

How Medical Marijuana Affects Cerebral Palsy?

Research on the impact of medical marijuana and Cerebral Palsy indicate tremendous success in managing pain, reducing seizures, reducing spasticity, among many other benefits. In fact, a 2011 study conducted by the National Institute of Health indicated that of all the patients tested and of all the various treatment methods, the treatment that provided the greatest amount of relief was actually cannabis. Medical Marijuana has also been shown to help improve muscle control and aid in speech disorders related to Cerebral Palsy.

Medical Marijuana for Cerebral Palsy

»Treating pain with Medical Marijuana

Research and studies have shown that patients have had tremendous success treating the pain associated with Cerebral Palsy using medical cannabis. In fact, in some studies, patients have reported receiving the most pain relief simply from using medical marijuana

»Treating Spasticity with Medical Mariuana

Medical Marijuana has been shown to have excellent success-rates in using smoked marjuana to treat the pain and symptoms, such as spasticity, of Cerebral Palsy.

»Treating Speech Issues with Medical Marijuana

The relaxing qualities of medical marijuana offer significant benefits to those suffering from speech impairments due to Cerebral Palsy. Medical marijuana relaxes the patient’s muscles, which has tremendous benefit when treating a patient who may experience stuttering, isssues with their jaw or lips such as tremors, and even tightness within the facial muscles themselves. As a result of relaxing these muscles, improved speech is very possible. 

»Treating Seizures with Medical Marijuana

The effects of marijuana and it’s active components on seizures is well documented. In fact, high-concentrations of CBD have been shown to nearly eliminate seizures in patients who were prone to severe seizures due to epilepsy and similar conditions. 

Medical Marijuana Doctor Near Me

If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy in Florida and are interested in how medical marijuana may be able to help you, take our qualification survey and schedule an appointment today!

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