A medicine derived from marijuana may help treat children with severe epilepsy, new studies suggest. However, more research is needed to determine whether the medicine is effective and safe for use in patients with the condition, experts say.
Marijuana Extract May Help Treat Epilepsy, Small Study Suggests
The medicine is a liquid form of cannabidiol (CBD), one of marijuana’s crucial compounds, and it is currently undergoing clinical trials in the United States and other places.
In one of the new studies, researchers administered the medicine to 261 people with severe epilepsy for three months. The study included children as young as 4 months and adults as old as 41, but most of the patients in the study were children, whose average age was 11. The experimental medicine, called Epidiolex, was added to the participants’ regular anti-epileptic drug treatments.
By the end of the three months, the frequency of seizures in the