Young Epilepsy Patients Found Relief in Marijuana Extract


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A liquid extract from marijuana is being tested as a possible medication for children with epilepsy.

A new study funded by GW Pharmaceuticals tested a drug called Epidiolex, the main ingredient of which is cannabidiol extracted from the marijuana plant. The research consisted of giving the extract — which does not contain any THC, the chemical in pot that causes a “high” — to 213 people averaging 11 years of age, with some toddlers included. These patients had severe epilepsy.

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