Israeli hospital reports first case of cannabis withdrawal causing seizures

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A hospital in the Israeli port city of Ashdod, has documented the first-ever report of cannabis withdrawal causing seizures in a human being. Physicians at Samson Assuta Ashdod Hospital reported that the patient, an unnamed man in his 50s, was a frequent visitor to the emergency department over a period of several months, due to suffering from confusion, restlessness, and seizures. Weed withdrawal: More than half of people using medical cannabis for pain experience withdrawal symptoms Smoking too much weed? Here’s how to slow down Expert tips on taking a marijuana tolerance break this spring Hospital staff noticed that the man, who is an observant Jew, was being hospitalized exclusively on Saturdays. Upon further investigation, his nurses came to the realization that although the patient was a medical cannabis user, he abstained from consuming his medication on Saturdays as he believed it was not in accordance with his observance of Shabbat, the Jewish day of rest. While initially reluctant, the patient and staff worked together to find an appropriate compromise in which the man would swap his usual flower for cannabis oil during Shabbat, which lasts from sundown on Friday night to sundown on Saturday night. Since switching to oil on weekends, the patient has not suffered any further seizures. The man’s case is the first time that cannabis withdrawal-related seizures have been reported. The hospital’s Director of the Urgent Care Department, Dr. Debra West, began to explore whether there may be a link between cannabis smoking cessation and seizure activity, but similar connections have previously only been documented in animal models . Cannabis is often used in the treatment of seizure disorders, including some forms of epilepsy. Cannabis withdrawal for heavy or long-term users who stop abruptly may result in symptoms such as insomnia, loss of appetite, nausea, anxiety…

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