Cannabis is beneficial for 60% of all epileptics. It is definitely the best treatment for many, but not all types of epilepsy, and for victims post-seizure mental traumas. Cannabis extract is more effective than Dilantin (a commonly prescribed anti-epileptic with severe side effects). Medical World News reported in 1971: Marijuana is probably the most potent anti-epileptic known to medicine today. (Mikuriya, Marijuana Medical Papers 1829-1972, page xxii.)
Cannabis users epileptic seizures are of less intensity than the more dangerous seizures experienced by users of pharmaceuticals. Similarly, smoking cannabis has proven to be a major source of relief for multiple sclerosis, which affects the nervous system and is characterized by muscular weakness, tremors, etc.
Cannabis, smoked or applied as a herbal pack or poultice, is also the best muscle relaxant, back spasm medicine, and antispasmodic medication on our planet, short of morphine.
(Cohen & Stillman, Therapeutic Potential of Marijuana, 1976; Consult U.S. Pharmacopoeia prior to 1937; Mikuriya, Tod H., M.D., Marijuana Medical Papers 1839-1972.)
In September 1993, Santa Cruz City, California, Sheriffs re-arrested epileptic Valerie Corral and confiscated the five marijuana plants she was growing for medicine even though 77% of the citizens of Santa Cruz voted in Nov. 1992 to instruct local law enforcement not to prosecute medical users. Charges against Corral had been dropped earlier in March 1993 because she was the first person in California to meet all six points of a medical necessity defense.
In 1997 Valerie was named Citizen of the Year in Santa Cruz.
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