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Wall 1 Alexa Wall Professor Fuglei English 122 30 March 2016 Medical Marijuana and Epilepsy Since 2012, the legalization of marijuana has been one of the most controversial topics in our nation. However, more attention needs to be set aside to use of medical marijuana in the pharmaceutical industry. More and more physicians are promoting the use of medical marijuana to treat all types of chronic painrelated illnesses and even some cognitive illnesses. Epilepsy for example, affects nearly a half a million children in the United States alone. The lack of research regarding the use of medical marijuana, is causing children with epilepsy to blindly try a potentially harmful drug that doesn’t have enough evidence to support its prescribed use. Further research will help provide healthcare providers and families with epileptic children, a better understanding involving the risks and benefits of using medical marijuana during an adolescent stage. Marijuana has gained considerable ground with the attention of many physicians in regards to the natural painkiller effect that cannabinoids produce. Some medical research studies have shown that the regular scheduled use of medical marijuana, reduces seizures in individuals suffering from epilepsy. Families are willing to try anything to treat their children, even medical marijuana. Heather Jackson, mother to Zaki, uses medical marijuana with its anticonvulsant properties to reduce the number of seizures Zaki suffers from. The benefits to using medical marijuana compared to dozens of pharmaceutical drugs, is the reduction of serious side effects. Zaki can experience a reduction in the number of seizures he has, but with less side effects if using medical marijuana. Even with the accounts of individuals with first hand experience to medical marijuana, the risk still outweighs the benefits of using medical marijuana. Most tests regarding the efficiency and positive Wall 2 aspects of medical marijuana are based on animal testing. If these results hold true in humans there would be a stronger argument for medical marijuana, however most preliminary testing is only in stages of animal testing. The pharmaceutical industry is well established with records of each drug tested, before being brought to the market. The Federal Drug Administration monitors the introduction of new drugs to the American consumer. Medical marijuana is loosely approved, currently the FDA has only approved a handful of smallscale marijuana based orphan drugs. These medical marijuana based pharmaceuticals are mostly oriented to a small percentage of Americans while only being in the first phases of testing. The uncertainty of the use of medical marijuana, misguides parents and their children away from the proven detrimental effects of marijuana. In rare cases, children with epilepsy using marijuana have reverse effects. The seizures can become more frequent than normal or medical marijuana has no effect on the patient. The use of medical marijuana has shown that one in three epileptic children show a reduction in the number of seizures. Marijuana can become a definite option for children with epilepsy. With the limited alternatives of treatments available to young children, families expose their children to this drug without knowing the clear risks and benefits. Obtaining more scientific evidence on the possible side effects of medical marijuana on young children, through a long period of progression and routine use, can determine if medical marijuana is fit for patients suffering from epilepsy. The use of medical marijuana is just being discovered; the discovery regarding the reduction of cancer cells and improvement of electrical signals from the brain while using medical marijuana was a huge breakthrough. The lack of scientific evidence on medical marijuana is exposing young children to new and possibly harmful drug. Medical marijuana has reduced seizures in children epilepsy and some studies demonstrated improved electrical signals to the brain. There are limited alternatives for treatment of epilepsy patients and there needs to be more treatment options available. Discovering new treatment options with medical marijuana would lead to numerous cures for many diseases. Wall 3 Works Cited: Brooks-Kayal, Amy. "Medical Marijuana and Epilepsy." Children's Hospital Colorado. N.p., 2016. Web. 20 Mar. 2016.
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