Cannabis As Treatment For Epilepsy Is One Step Closer To Being OK’d

In the 31st International Epilepsy Congress in Istanbul, recent trials showed that cannabis may actually help in the treatment of epilepsy, but its effect doesn’t make any significant difference with other anti-epileptic drugs. 

Professor Helen Cross of Great Ormond Street Hospital, London said that although cannabis may help in the treatment, its usage is still subjected to further research to evaluate its efficacy and safety. 

‘We have to be particularly concerned about the effects of the drug on the developing brain in children,’ Cross said.

In order to make cannabis safer as an anti-epileptic drug, Cross led trials of a cannabis drug that doesn’t contain THC or tetrahydrocannabinol. THC, a form of cannabidiol, is the primary psychoactive component found in marijuana which is responsible of giving a ‘high feeling’ and remains illegal in United States and most countries around the world. 

Named as Epidiolex, the drug tested by Cross and her...

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