Cannabidiol helps children with rare epilepsy

Cannabidiol helps children with rare epilepsy

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Cannabidiol, found in hemp plants, helps children with a form of severe epilepsy, the number of seizures, to reduce.

From an American study of the substance indicates that children with Dravetsyndroom that a placebo used 23 percent more seizures than children who are Cannabidiol (CBD) were administered. The syndrome is a rare abnormality.

The results of the study Wednesday published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Lead researcher Orrin Devinsky says, “finally,” solid evidence that CBD helps against seizures. The research was done among 120 children and young adults with the Dravetsyndroom.

The American neurosurgeon Brenda Porter did not participate in the study but leave in a comment to CNN to know that the research is “unfortunately not for all patients, but a new tool for our treatments”.

CBD is extracted from the leaves and flowering tops of hemp grown and contains hardly any THC, the ingredient of weed where people high.

The Healthcare Inspectorate ruled last year that CBD is illegal in the Netherlands, but is tolerated.

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