A group of researchers, through a study published in Frontiers in Neurology, announces that they have achieved good results by experimentally using medicinal cannabis oil, containing both cannabidiol and minimal amounts of THC, in cases of children with severe seizure episodes due to epilepsy.
According to the researchers, after taking small amounts of medicinal cannabis oil, the children also showed a general improvement in the quality of life, including in terms of communication skills with family members. The compound used by the researchers had 95% cannabidiol and 5% THC (the latter, in higher doses, can be toxic).
In addition to not detecting particular side effects, the researchers did not notice any trace of THC intoxication, which could make this new therapy an interesting treatment option for those children with severe epileptic episodes for which the drugs are not helpful, as specified Richard Huntsman, a pediatric neurologist who led the study.
The children on whom this new therapy was tested did not respond to different anti-convulsive drugs and continued to have multiple seizures.
In one of the cases, a child with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, a severe epileptic form, who lived a lethargic life and who suffered attacks substantially throughout the day, started to show clear improvements regarding the frequency of crises once who started taking the compound.