One treatment for spasticity that’s getting a lot of attention lately is marijuana. While not legal in every state, many states with medical marijuana laws do allow its use for people with cerebral palsy because of its ability to control seizures. It is not normally used by children, but legislators in Connecticut have approved new conditions for its program and opened some up to minors. Courant.com reports.
The General Assembly’s Regulations Review Committee has ruled to add Tourette’s syndrome and intractable neuropathic pain, among other conditions, to its medical marijuana program. People under 18 with these two conditions are also eligible to use the drug.
Cerebral palsy has been an approved illness under the program for both adults and minors since 2016. The drug improves motor control and spasticity in people with cerebral palsy. It is usually taken in tincture form due to its fast-acting ability and ease of dosing.
However, until it is legal in all states and by the federal government, it is a risky treatment. Please check with your state’s laws about who can apply for medical marijuana and for which conditions. Also check if minors can use the drug if the person in your life with CP is a minor.