According to a news item published in the Daily Mirror, UK, a new hope is dawning for children suffering from certain kinds of epilepsy. This was revealed during a study conducted on conducted on 2013 participants ranging from adults to toddlers, all of whom were suffering from severe epilepsy that was not responding to other treatment.The subjects had the Dravets syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome– types of epilepsy that can have lasting effects leading to intellectual disability and lifelong seizures, as well as other types.

cannabisThe drug used was cannabidiol, which is a component of cannabis that is not psycho-active. It was administered in liquid form to be taken orally every day, and the participants had full knowledge. During the study the researcher also measured the number seizures the participants had during the treatment.

During the study 12 participants had to drop out because of side effects like diarrhea, drowsiness, decreased appetite, and tiredness.

At the end of the 12-week study, it was found that on the average, the number of seizures went down by 54%. Specifically, among those who had Dravets syndrome the number of convulsive seizures went down by 53%, while among those who had Lennox-Gastaut syndromethe number of atonic seizures, seizures which cause a sudden loss of muscle control, went down by 55%.

The study author, Dr. Orrin Devinsky, of New York University Langone Comprehensive Epilepsy Centre said that larger tests were needed to measure the effectiveness of the drug. He also said that these results are of great interest to children suffering from epilepsy and their parents.

While over in the UK a similar study was started December 2014 in hospitals in London, Edinburgh, Glasgow, and Liverpool, where a drug based on cannabinoid is being tested on children who have epilepsy.

So, a new hope for children with epilepsy which is unresponsive to any treatment, through drugs based on cannabis.

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