Sunday, September 21, 2008

Epilepsy and Medicinal Marijuana

I was researching Epilepsy and found two videos on youtube, and I would like to share them. They were able to embed, so I placed them here.

The first shows the importance of medicinal marijuana. It is very graphic; shows a grand mal seizure taking place. The announcer explains in perfect detail what is happening.

She will turn blue, at which point, she is deprived of oxygen. Epilepsy is frightening, because you can't predict when the seizures will overcome you. They can be deadly. You can crack your head on something, you could choke on your tongue, the electric spasms could be overwhelming enough that they kill you, you could have one in a pool/bathtub and drown, etc.

You will read different opinions on what is proper treatment during a seizure. In my opinion, whoever is their caretaker/roommate/family member/sister, etc .. must know CPR. People can go braindead as soon as four minutes without oxygen transpires.

I have mixed views about calling an ambulance. They charge $80 for oxygen, $60 for the disposable blanket (and damn straight, I will take that blanket with me), and $500 for a five mile transport. Follow that with a $2500 emergency room fee, and the $250 doctor's hourly rate. That is in the US. Where we do not yet have universal health coverage. Because we are idiots.

So, not only can you narrowly pass being comatose for life, but your congratulations is going at least another $3000 in debt. Oh joy.

An excerpt from the 2001 filing from the American Public Health Association lists:

Marijuana is effective in controlling seizures

Clinical experience and emerging research further indicate that marijuana can help control epileptic seizures.(45) Cannabidiol (CBD), one of the primary (and nonpsychoactive) cannabinoids present in the cannabis plant, appears to be of particular benefit, allowing patients who ingest it at certain times to avoid seizure activity. Some epileptics who cannot tolerate other antiseizure medications have been able to use marijuana to successfully control their seizures, without experiencing debilitating side effects.

We need to conduct more research on medicinal marijuana, we must most certainly industrialize hemp, allowing us to generate green fuels so we can finally exit the war over oil and the petro dollar, and we need to do this without anyone's lives getting ruined because our government's prohibition. Another educating site that helps us move forward (and is tax deductible should you donate):

The second shows some inbred kids pulling a prank: faking a siezure at a crowded mall. The comments they receive are very interesting to track. They are dipshits. Funny is shouting in a library, not faking an episode in a crowded mall. It's enjoyable to watch, because you see all the people who care enough come to his rescue. Nowadays its hard to even smile when you walk by someone on the street.

I understand wanting to push the envelope. I don't care if you want to make fun of someone who flails around and piss themselves. What matters is that a paramedic had shown to the site. That medic was needed elsewhere for a legitimate call.