Medical marijuana on the table for epileptic children

The Children’s Memorial Health Institute in Warsaw has started using medical marijuana to treat nine children with extreme cases of epilepsy, with doctors praising initial results.

The first patient to undergo marijuana therapy, a 5-year-old boy called Maks, used to have up to 300 seizures daily, although that number has now dropped by as much as 90 percent, Dr Marek Bachański at the Institute told the PAP news agency. Other patients under the care of Dr Bachański have also seen a drop in seizures. Bachański told PAP that in most cases, the child’s parents opt for this form of therapy. “I sometimes also propose [such therapy], although it’s never [a] forced [decision],” he underlined. Dr Bachański said that even though a small group of child patients had undergone testing with medical marijuana, the results show “effectiveness”, with minimal side-effects, usually drowsiness, fatigue and problems with appetite. In Poland, doctors wishing...

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