Cerebral palsy occurs as a result of damage to the brain or abnormal brain development, and is the most commonly found in children.
Every person experiences CP in a different way, with symptoms ranging from mild to severe. CP is a condition that does not progressively get worse, but symptoms may change over the course of a patient's lifetime.
Cerebral Palsy includes a range of symptoms that are mostly physical in nature. They include:
Risk factors for developing cerebral palsy include:
Although only a few studies have been conducted overall for medicinal marijuana as a treatment for spastic quadriplegia (a form of CP), results indicate that cannabis can be a very beneficial therapy for patients.
Animal studies support cannabis' efficacy as a CP treatment, suggesting that the active components of cannabis help control partial seizures - a common symptom found in patients with spastic quadriplegia. Usually, the treatment is delivered in oil form, with a higher concentration of cannabidiol (CBD), allowing patients to treat seizures and spasms without the 'high.'
Some of the cannabis products that have shown to be beneficial treatments to Cerebral Palsy sufferers include:
They can be consumed as an oil, vape liquid, sprays and wafers.
If you or a loved one are suffering from Cerebral Palsy and are considering medicinal cannabis as a potential treatment, please speak to your GP or to one of our SAS accredited doctors here.