Hydrocephalus is a medical condition in which there is an abnormal accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid in the ventricles, or cavities of the brain. This condition is most common in infants and younger children but can be present in older adults. The increased amount of fluid creates additional intracranial pressure inside the skull causing extreme pain, convulsions, tunnel vision, mental disability and even death in the most extreme cases. 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. Some patients undergo surgery to implant a shunt into the brain that allows for excess fluid to be drained. Sometimes additional surgery may be required on the shunt leaving patients with Chronic and unbearable headaches.
Medical Cannabis and Hyrdocephalus
Medical Cannabis has proven to be helpful in relieving the symptoms associated Hyrdocephalus 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. Heavier indica strains high in THC are excellent for patients who might be struggling with headaches or insomnia and they can also be excellent at treating pain, stress and anxiety. Sativa strains high in THC are known for their energetic and uplifting properties and are excellent for patients who might be battling fatigue, depression or have lost their appetite.