Marijuana may be useful for treating Epilepsy

New research suggests some people may benefit from using a marijuana compound to treat their epilepsy.

Research conducted at the NYU Langone Comprehensive Epilepsy Center by Dr. Orrin Devinsky finds that marijuana could treat people with severe epilepsy

Study participants were given the drug cannabidiol (CBD). Of the 137 adults and children who completed the study, 54 percent said their symptoms improved with the drug.

Cannabidiol (CBD) has shown promising results in preliminary trials including children and adults, with over half experiencing fewer seizures. CBD, as opposed to THC, does not produce the psychoactive effects associated with smoking marijuana. CBD is not the same as THC, which is the chemical compound in cannabis that gives users a “high.”

Now that preliminary results are in, Devinsky is beginning a randomized, placebo-controlled trials to confirm his results. He will present the results at the American Academy of Neurology Conference later this month

Roughly 5.1 million people in the United States have epilepsy, and roughly one-third cannot be treated with any prescription medications.

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