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Researchers say cannabis may help treat epilepsy

Researchers say cannabis may help treat epilepsy

cannabis_0A team of researchers have said that they might be able to use cannabis-based products to treat Epilepsy effectively.

The researchers at the Comprehensive Epilepsy Center at NYU Langone Medical Centersaid that they might use extracts from marijuana to offer treatment of the disease. They are using a liquid form of cannabidiol, which is one of the key compounds of marijuana. The medicine is currently undergoing clinical trials in the United States and some other countries. They are aiming to study the effectiveness of the experimental medicine, called Epidiolex.

In a new study, researchers provided the medicine to 261 people with severe epilepsy for three months. They included children as young as 4 months and adults as old as 41 while the average age of participants was 11 years. They added Epidiolexto the participants’ regular anti-epileptic drug treatments and found a reduction in the number of seizures in the people after three months.

The researchers said that the frequency of seizures in the people in the study was reduced by 45 percent. They also said that the frequency of seizures was reduced by at least 50 percent among 47 per cent of the participants while 9 per cent stopped having seizures completely after three months. On the other hand, 12 percent of the people stopped taking the medicine during the study stating they did not feel any change in symptoms while 5 percent of the participants experienced side effects including altered levels of liver enzymes and diarrhoea.

Lead author Dr. Orrin Devinsky, director of the Comprehensive Epilepsy Center at NYU Langone Medical Center said, “The new study significantly extends the number of children and young adults with treatment-resistant epilepsy who received CBD.”

The study was presented at the meeting of the American Epilepsy Society in Philadelphia.

Source: Top New Net

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8 Comments

  1. Cannabis OIL! People need to remember that. Seizures aren’t an excuse to smoke & get high. I’ve suffered with them since 1979.

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  2. Do you use the oil Lynn? I’ve been checking into it for my son, but haven’t actually been able to talk to anybody who is using it.

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  3. Profile photo of Chuck Carmen

    Be very careful where you get it and it should be used under a doctor’s care.
    Chuck, Founder of EpilepsyU

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  4. Hope to God it Works!!!!! Please! !!!!!!

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  5. Senator Tommy Garrett

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  6. For any parent who has studied this, this isn’t news but it’s exciting to see it come out of NYU. CBD oil has done wonders for SO MANY KIDS including our own 8 year old daughter!

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  7. may? It has been the only thing in 20 years that has controlled my sizures. An my friend’s son is controlled too with it ( the only thing that control him also) and helps him with his autism.

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  8. People with epilepsy need to be careful though. Too much THC can lower the threshold to have seizures in some people. It took me a few years to convince someone with TLE who smoked alot. I charted the seizures after the highest THC sessions. High CBD, low THC is working much better. But you can’t get back the damage caused by seizures. Plz be careful people.

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