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Medical Marijuana and Hydrocephalus

What Is Hydrocephalus?

Hydrocephalus (also known as "water on the brain"), is a medical condition in which there is an abnormal accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid in the ventricles, or cavities, of the brain. This may cause increased intracranial pressure inside the skull and progressive enlargement of the head, convulsion, tunnel vision, and mental disability. Hydrocephalus can also cause death in extreme cases, but not all cases tend to be extremely severe. Although this condition does occur in older adults, it is more common in infants and younger children.

Cerebrospinal fluid normally flows through the ventricles and bathes the brain and spinal column. Too much cerebrospinal fluid associated with hydrocephalus can damage brain tissues and cause a large spectrum of impairments in brain function. These are impairments that tend to last throughout the course of the patient’s condition/diagnosis. 

Medical Marijuana and Hydrocephalus

The symptoms of normal pressure hydrocephalus usually get worse over time if the condition is not treated, although some people may experience temporary improvements. While the success of treatment with shunts varies from person to person, some people recover almost completely after treatment and have a good quality of life. One of the most beneficial forms of therapy for this condition would be medical marijuana.

Medical Marijuana for symptom relief of hydrocephalus may be helpful in relieving symptoms associated with this condition such as sleep apnea, chronic seizures, manic attacks (or bi-polar outbursts), chronic or debilitating pain, pain within the head or common headaches and severe or debilitating nausea.

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