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Marijuana use not limited to cancer treatement anynmore, it can also treat epilepsy

A medical marijuana derivative was found safe and effective in reducing the frequency of seizures in most children and young adults enrolled in a year-long study led by epilepsy specialists in the US.

A medical marijuana derivative was found safe and effective in reducing the frequency of seizures in most children and young adults enrolled in a year-long study led by epilepsy specialists in the US. The findings provide the first estimates of safety, tolerability and efficacy of prescription cannabidiol (CBD), a medical marijuana derivative, in children and adults with severe, highly treatment-resistant epilepsy, the study said. We are very encouraged by our trial results showing that CBD was safe and well-tolerated for most patients, and that seizures dropped significantly, said lead researchers Orrin Devinsky, professor at New York University Langone Medical Centre in the US. (Read: Ketogenic diet for preventing epileptic attacks)

The study took place at 11 epilepsy centres across the US. Patients were given the oral CBD treatment Epidiolex over a 12-week treatment period. Results showed a median 36.5 percent reduction in monthly motor seizures, with the median monthly frequency of motor seizures falling from 30 motor seizures a month at the study's start to 15.8 over the 12 weeks. Equally important, CBD was shown to have a sufficient safety profile and was well-tolerated by many patients, despite some isolated adverse events. The study was published in the journal Lancet Neurology. (Read: (Read: World Epilepsy Day: Epilepsy more disabling than acknowledged))

Source: IANS

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