Cannabis for Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral palsy is a disease involving physical disability that affects movement and posture — sometimes in a very debilitating and life-altering manner. It is the most common movement disorder in children and typically manifests itself by the age of three, although it is often present at birth. Unfortunately, cerebral palsy is incurable. It is also non-progressive, meaning that it doesn’t fluctuate in severity, such as is common with diseases like cancer and Crohn’s disease, which can go into remission.

Symptoms of this disease include pain, poor coordination, extreme muscle stiffness and weakness, difficulty with swallowing or eating, and tremors. Muscle stiffness is often so great that it results in a severely restricted range of motion. Other common symptoms are insomnia, other sleep disturbances, and impairments of speech, hearing, and vision (due to an eye muscle imbalance).

Between 30 and 50 percent of children with this condition also experience seizure disorders. In severe cases of this disease blindness and/or deafness may result. Many children and adults with cerebral palsy suffer such significant muscle spasms and stiffness that they are bound to a wheelchair and unable to walk.

Sobering Statistics

This disease is often severe. Because it affects children, the emotional impact of this disease can be daunting. A few statistics are helpful in understanding the real-world impact that cerebral palsy can have on nearly 20 million children and adults around the world.

According to thethis disease  Alliance of Australia, of the children with the condition:

  • 75 percent experience pain
  • 25 percent have epilepsy
  • 33 percent are unable to walk
  • 25 percent are unable to talk
  • 25 percent suffer from a behavior disorder
  • 50 percent have an intellectual impairment
  • 10 percent have severe vision impairments
  • 25 percent have bladder control problems
  • 20 percent have a sleep disorder
  • 20 percent suffer from saliva control problems

    Sobering Statistics

    Cerebral palsy is often severe. Because it affects children, the emotional impact of this disease can be daunting. A few statistics are helpful in understanding the real-world impact that cerebral palsy can have on nearly 20 million children and adults around the world.

    According to the Cerebral Palsy Alliance of Australia, of the children with the condition:

    • 75 percent experience pain
    • 25 percent have epilepsy
    • 33 percent are unable to walk
    • 25 percent are unable to talk
    • 25 percent suffer from a behavior disorder
    • 50 percent have an intellectual impairment
    • 10 percent have severe vision impairments
    • 25 percent have bladder control problems
    • 20 percent have a sleep disorder
    • 20 percent suffer from saliva control problems

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