An Ingredient in Pot May Serve as Antiseizure Medication

An Ingredient in Pot May Serve as Antiseizure Medication

Mackenzie Thompson

by Mackenzie Thompson

Life Saver, AMC

posted on Apr 25, 2014, at 9:49 pm


THERE ARE ABOUT 100,000 EPILEPTIC CHILDREN in America who suffer from intractable epilepsy. For this type of disorder, antiseizure medication is useless. So, many people, including those with other types of epilepsy, are seeking an alternative medication. One of these is Cannabis Sativa, which derives from pot. According to some parents, marijuana has shown to help with their children’s seizures while the orthodox drugs do not.

In order to help their child, the parents purchase marijuana at a medical marijuana dispensary, or even illegally, since there is no pharmaceutical preparation of cannabis as a drug. Now, this could soon be changed with a chemical in marijuana that could be separated and used as an epileptic anti-seizural drug.

A purified compound from cannabis could possibly treat epilepsy in adults and children this compound is cannabidiol, and it actually has many health advantages that are associated with the highly controversial medical marijuana. Epidiolex, a new drug by GW Pharmaceuticals that contains cannabidiol, is being studied and investigated. Although cannabidiol is the main active ingredient in this new drug, it has a couple other cannabinoid compounds. But, it does not make people feel high because it does not contain the compound tetrahydrocannabinol.

How exactly cannabidiol is anticonvulsant remains a mystery among researchers, along with some other approved seizure medications. Despite that, it was found to be safe and well-tolerated, and it minimized seizures in animal studies and even a few human examinations.

As for now, cannabidiol is being attempted by researchers to test it with intractable epileptic patients; primarily children who have not been treated with traditional seizure medicine. A clinical trial including 150 children will take place for a year, and if positive results are found, a huge step will be taking place in approving Epidiolex and also serving another example of positive effects of medical marijuana.

To read the full article, please visit Scientific American

About Mackenzie

Mackenzie is a lover of world travel, photography, design, style and Chinese cooking. She is passionate about working towards a purpose, recently graduated from Indiana University with a degree in Media and Marketing, and is currently residing in Manhattan.

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