Medical Marijuana Approved As Epilepsy Treatment
MT. VERNON, IL -About one in ten people will experience a seizure in their lifetime and now people with epilepsy in Illinois have a new treatment.
Epilepsy affects everyone differently, but according to Louis Beckley a diagnosis changes everything.
"It becomes a part of your life to control your epilepsy, to control your seizures, or know that you could have a seizure at any time it forces you to look at things differently,” said Louis Beckley of the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Southern Illinois. “You process your world and everyday living differently."
An everyday life that epileptics may be able to take control of with the legalization of medicinal marijuana as a treatment.
"I think it's exciting,” said Beckley. “We would like to know more about medical marijuana statistically it certainly seems to be a promising avenue for certain individuals."
However promising the prospects of medicinal marijuana many doctors who wished to remain anonymous say they’re not high on the idea of writing prescriptions without hard scientific data.
"Physicians aren't going to be comfortable prescribing something without empirical data,” said Beckley. “If you're not responding to historic anti-epileptic treatments nudge your physician or neurologist and say we're at our wits end and we would like to try this just to see."
Medicinal marijuana will be available to epileptic patients with prescriptions on January 1st, 2015, at the earliest.
Kids under the age of 18 will not be allowed to smoke medicinal marijuana, but will be allowed to use oil from the plant.