"Marijuana Extract for Children With Epilepsy Is Questioned"

Date: 
Tue, 2015-03-24 (All day)

From The Wall Street Journal, "Marijuana Extract for Children With Epilepsy Is Questioned"

As more states move to legalize cannabidiol, early research shows the substance failed to help some patients and even worsened others. 
Studies are under way to test the effectiveness of a marijuana extract that has been hailed as a wonder drug by some parents whose children suffer severe forms of epilepsy. But as initial findings from several researchers trickle in, the results are proving mixed.

A dozen states in the past year, including Florida and Kentucky, have legalized the substance—cannabidiol, or CBD—despite a lack of hard evidence of its effectiveness in controlling seizures. Another nine states are weighing CBD legislation. Some of the bills have been named after children in those states with severe epilepsy and whose families were desperate for an alternative after trying other medications that failed.

 

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