Study Shows That Schedule 1 Drug Helps Children Who Have Seizures
Researchers at the New England Journal of Medicine have discovered that Cannabidiol, or CBD for short, helps children with Dravet Syndrome which is a deadly form of epilepsy.
“For 3,800 years, healers and physicians have been prescribing cannabis and documented that use to treat epilepsy,” Dr. Orrin Devinsky, director of the New York University Comprehensive Epilepsy Center, told NBC News.
“After nearly 4,000 years we for the first time have vigorous scientific data that a compound from cannabis works to treat epilepsy.”
“Seizure frequency dropped in the cannabidiol-treated group by 39 percent from nearly 12 convulsive seizures per month before the study to about six; three patients’ seizures stopped entirely,” the team wrote in the New England Journal of Medicine.
CBD isn’t exactly the same thing as medical marijuana since it is only a derivative of cannabis and doesn’t contain any of the THC components that actually get’s you feeling high. The study was conducted by using a group of 120 children and young adults in the double-blind, placebo-controlled trial, where they were randomly assigned either a placebo pill or cannabidiol as an oral solution instead of smoking it like many medical marijuana consumers that go to your local dispensary shop. But these results are amazing and this news helps to strengthen the argument for legalizing cannabis in the United States and how we could be helping to make life better for millions of Americans like little Jack Ziolkowski who was among the participants.
“Quite remarkably, 5 percent of the children in the active treatment group with CBD were completely seizure free during the 14 weeks of the trial,” Devinsky said.