Could Cannabis Treatment Help Children With Epilepsy?

17 December 2014

Great Ormond Street

How would you feel about your child being treated for a serious medical condition with a treatment derived from the cannabis plant?

According to the Herald newspaper, that could soon be reality for children with severe epilepsy in the UK.

The newspaper reports that doctors will soon trial the medicine - called Epidiolex - which "does not contain the ingredient that produces the high associated with recreational cannabis use" but rather is "based on one of the non-psychoactive components" of the cannabis plant.

The newspaper reports:

"Early studies in the US have shown that treatment with CBD may reduce the frequency and severity of seizures in children with severe forms of epilepsy."

"Patients are being enrolled for a randomised controlled trial of the treatment at The University of Edinburgh's Muir Maxwell Epilepsy Centre, based at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh, and Great Ormond Street Hospital."

The trial will initially focus on children with Dravet Syndrome, which causes long-lasting, prolonged seizures and is difficult to treat.

The trial will only include children whose seizures cannot be controlled with existing medications.

The Daily Mail reports that researchers will also study the effect on children another type of childhood epilepsy called Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome, which is also difficult to treat and "normally develops when children are aged between one and six and is characterised by frequent seizures of different types".

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1 comment

  • madmazy84
    The use of a plant based medicine as opposed to fully chemical. I would fully support my child being part of this. I think it's a great idea.

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