The Use of Cannabis in Treating Epileptic SeizuresCreated by:
Few years back research studies and clinical trials have been conducted to determine how medical marijuana works in treating patients with seizures. A lot of people, most especially young children suffering from epileptic seizures are showing positive results from ingesting the cannabis oil. The cannabis oil is widely used to treat patients with Dravet Syndrome, a rare genetic epileptic encephalopathy (dysfunction of the brain) which begins in the first year of life for an otherwise healthy infant. Both patients and scientists have started to focus on the potential benefits of (cannabidiol) CBD, one of the main compounds in cannabis. There are ongoing clinical trials that are testing CBD on Dravet sufferers as well as Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, another drug-resistant form of epilepsy. In the meantime most clinicians and researchers, including those involved in the trial, advise “cautious optimism” when considering CBD as an epilepsy treatment. Cannabis may be the much-needed treatment for a handful of people with epilepsy, but for now, patients should wait for scientists to clear the haze.
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