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Presentation or Panel Title

An Investigation Into The Efficacy of Medical Cannabidiol-enriched Cannabis on Childhood Seizures: Nurses Role in Enhanced Learning, Representing the Benefits, Facts and Acting as a Family Advocate.

Location

Guzman Lecture Hall

Start Date

4-15-2016 2:30 PM

End Date

4-15-2016 3:30 PM

Department

Nursing

Student Type

Undergraduate

Faculty Mentor

Luanne Linnard-Palmer, RN, MSN, OCN

Presentation Format

Poster Presentation

Abstract/Description

Epilepsy is brain disorders characterized by recurrent seizures with an estimated 2.9 million persons in the United States having active epilepsy.1 Children living with uncontrolled seizure disorders face a lifetime of impaired quality to life. Research shows that these children who suffer from epilepsy are late with many childhood milestones and endure cognitive delays.2 Parents seek seizure relief by trying traditional treatments including pharmacological drugs, ketogenic diet, steroids and surgery, but in many cases all fail to adequately control the seizures. New evidence and research is showing there is hope in cannabis treatments.2 Multiple studies have shown the use of cannabidiol-enriched cannabis to have a significant decrease in the number of seizures experienced in addition to other positive effects such as alertness, enhanced sleep, and improved mood of the child.2,3 There is, however, some controversy in giving children cannabis. Though the tide seems to be shifting in this country with the majority of Americans now in favor of legalizing medical marijuana.4 As nurses, we have a duty to not only act as patient advocates but to educate patients. There is an opportunity for these children and their families to minimize the suffering. Results of the efficacy breakthroughs of medical cannabis4 will be on display at the Scholarly and Creative Works Conference April 14-15th.

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An Investigation Into The Efficacy of Medical Cannabidiol-enriched Cannabis on Childhood Seizures: Nurses Role in Enhanced Learning, Representing the Benefits, Facts and Acting as a Family Advocate.

Guzman Lecture Hall

Epilepsy is brain disorders characterized by recurrent seizures with an estimated 2.9 million persons in the United States having active epilepsy.1 Children living with uncontrolled seizure disorders face a lifetime of impaired quality to life. Research shows that these children who suffer from epilepsy are late with many childhood milestones and endure cognitive delays.2 Parents seek seizure relief by trying traditional treatments including pharmacological drugs, ketogenic diet, steroids and surgery, but in many cases all fail to adequately control the seizures. New evidence and research is showing there is hope in cannabis treatments.2 Multiple studies have shown the use of cannabidiol-enriched cannabis to have a significant decrease in the number of seizures experienced in addition to other positive effects such as alertness, enhanced sleep, and improved mood of the child.2,3 There is, however, some controversy in giving children cannabis. Though the tide seems to be shifting in this country with the majority of Americans now in favor of legalizing medical marijuana.4 As nurses, we have a duty to not only act as patient advocates but to educate patients. There is an opportunity for these children and their families to minimize the suffering. Results of the efficacy breakthroughs of medical cannabis4 will be on display at the Scholarly and Creative Works Conference April 14-15th.