Seizures

Gedde Whole Health LLC

Margaret Gedde, MD, PhD

Alternative Medicine Physician & Medical Cannabis Physician located in Buena Vista, CO

One out of every 10 people in the United States has had a seizure, which can occur from an array of causes and lead to symptoms that can be scary. Current medical treatments aren’t effective at controlling all seizures. Medical marijuana has been shown to help alleviate seizure symptoms. Margaret Gedde, MD, PhD, at Gedde Whole Health LLC in Buena Vista and Colorado Springs, Colorado, is a medical cannabis physician and can design a treatment plan to help you find relief from your seizure activity. To schedule a consultation, call or use the online booking button.

Seizures Q & A

What are seizures?

Seizures refer to erratic electrical activity in your brain that causes changes in behavior, movement, feelings, or level of consciousness. The altered brain activity usually occurs anywhere from 30 seconds to two minutes.

Seizure activity can develop from many causes, including an infection or from head trauma. However, you can also develop seizures from unknown causes. 

If you have two or more seizures or the seizure activity is recurrent, then you receive an epilepsy diagnosis. 

How are seizures traditionally treated?

For most people, controlling seizure activity involves anti-seizure medication. However, finding the right medication and dose to help you gain control over your seizure activity can be challenging. Additionally, these medications may cause various side effects, such as:

  • Fatigue
  • Stomach upset
  • Dizziness

These medications may also alter brain function and affect your concentration or even your ability to find the right words.

If anti-seizure medications fail to control seizure activity, surgery to remove the portion of the brain causing the seizures may be recommended. Implanted devices that alter nerve signaling and activity may also manage seizure activity that doesn’t respond well to anti-seizure medication.

How does medical cannabis help control seizure activity?

Medical cannabis isn’t a cure for your seizures, but it may help you gain control over seizure activity without the side effects. Cannabis contains chemical compounds called cannabinoids, including cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). 

Your body also produces cannabinoid-like compounds called endocannabinoids, which your endocannabinoid system (ECS) uses. This system helps your body maintain biological homeostasis in response to your environment. Early research has shown that cannabinoids can help control seizure activity. 

Dr. Gedde was the first physician in Colorado to agree to see very young children regarding cannabis for pediatric epilepsy and can talk to you about how the chemicals in the plant may help you or your child.

What can I expect during a consultation?

Gedde Whole Health LLC requires that you bring your medical records to your consultation so Dr. Gedde can better understand your condition. She then reviews your medical history and cannabis use and conducts a focused physical exam. Dr. Gedde then provides you with the medical cannabis options that may help control your seizures and at what dosage, which may include medical marijuana or CBD oils. 

Dr. Gedde offers telephone follow-up appointments as needed to readjust your treatment plan, so you get the best possible outcomes.

To learn more about the alternative treatments for seizures, contact Gedde Whole Health LLC today by calling the office or requesting an appointment online.