Cannabis drug halves the risk of an epileptic fit in more than 40% of sufferers

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Cannabis drug halves the risk of an epileptic fit in more than 40% of sufferers, study finds

* Taking cannabidiol (CBD) with approved medications makes 10% seizure free
* The dual treatment enables up to 26% to reduce their existing drugs' doses 
* CBD also makes 14% of patients feel more alert and better able to communicate
* It is a cannabis-derived nutritional supplement that is linked to medical benefits
* CBD does not contain any THC, which is what makes cannabis users 'high'

A supplement derived from cannabis halves the risk of suffering a seizure in 44 percent of epilepsy sufferers, new research suggests. Taking cannabidiol (CBD) alongside the commonly-prescribed medication clobazam also makes 10 percent of epilepsy patients drug-free, a US study found. The dual treatment also enables up to 26 percent of sufferers to reduce their medications' doses, the research adds.

Introducing CBD into epilepsy patients' drug regimens also makes 14 percent feel more alert and better able to communicate, the study found. 

CBD is a cannabis-derived nutritional supplement that is thought to possess a range of medicinal benefits and has been reported to help people suffering from migraines, psoriasis, acne and depression. It does not contain any THC, which is the psychoactive component of cannabis that makes users 'high'.

How the research was carried out 

The researchers, from Vanderbilt University, analyzed the medical records of 108 paediatric epilepsy patients. The study's participants were separated according to whether they took CBD, clobazam or both. Their seizure frequency was assessed.  The findings were reported in the journal Epilepsy & Behavior. 

Alcohol damages the brain more than cannabis 

This comes after research released earlier this month suggested alcohol damages the brain more than cannabis.

Unlike booze, marijuana does not affect the size or integrity of white or grey matter in the brain, even after years of exposure, a study found.

Study author Professor Kent Hutchison from the University of Colorado Boulder, said: 'While marijuana may also have some negative consequences, it definitely is nowhere near the negative consequences of alcohol.'

The scientists add, however, research into cannabis' mental effects are still very limited. Lead author Rachel Thayer said: 'Particularly with marijuana use, there is still so much that we don't know about how it impacts the brain.

What are your opinions and share experience with CBD and/or Cannabis.

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Cannabis drug halves the risk of an epileptic fit in more than 40% of sufferers

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Very interesting... has anyone tried CBD with any beneficial effects to report?

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Wow that is great news! Everyday it seems we are finding more and more about the healthy benefits of this plant marijuana which used to be criticized so highly.

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I think people should be able to try and experiment with different medications and herbs and treatments to see if there is anything that can help them.

CBD has helped me in reducing the frequency of my seizures lately.

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@ephelpme‍ have you read that the The United States recently approved the first marijuana-derived prescription drug? It is called Epidiolex and will be used to treat two rare and severe forms of childhood epilepsy.