Marijuana Extract May Use for Some Children With Epilepsy
The NPR website recently published an article about how Marijuana extract helps children with epilepsy. Epilepsy is a serious condition hence, it is continuously being studied in different places. The article explains various findings to the children who are given such drug, which are under medication. According to the studies, results are favorable.
This article was published on their website:
Parents of children with severe epilepsy have reported incredible recoveries when their children were given cannabidiol, a derivative of marijuana. The drug, a non-psychoactive compound that occurs naturally in cannabis, has been marketed with epithets like Charlotte’s Web and Haleigh’s Hope.
But those parents were taking a risk; there has been no clinical data on cannabidiol’s safety or efficacy as an anti-epileptic. This week, doctors are presenting the first studies trying to figure out if cannabidiol actually works. They say the studies’ results are promising, but with a grain of salt.
The largest study being presented at the American Epilepsy Society meeting in Philadelphia this week was started in 2014 with 313 children from 16 different epilepsy centers around the country. Over the course of the three-month trial, 16 percent of the participants withdrew because the cannabidiol was either ineffective or had adverse side-effects, says Dr. Orrin Devinsky, a neurologist at the New York University Langone Medical Center and lead author on the study.
Full article posted at http://www.npr.org