08-09-2014 | Research Project on Medical Marijuana for Epilepsy Patients

08 September 2014
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For some time now some parents have turned to medical marijuana to treat their children's epilepsy, crediting the drug with dramatically reducing seizure activity.

In what is believed to be the first study of its kind, researchers at the University of Colorado, Denver will begin to study the genes of those with Dravet Syndrome who have been treated with a strain of medical marijuana known as Charlotte's Web. The study will attempt to determine if specific genetic components can explain why some epilepsy patients see positive results from ingesting Charlotte's Web, while others do not.


While anecdotal evidence suggests Charlotte's Web can be highly effective in treating such conditions, scientific investigation of the product has been prevented by U.S. federal drug laws that severely limit marijuana research.


Edward Maa, the principal investigator of the Charlotte's Web study, says the new trial could be a first step toward building a body of research on how and why medical marijuana can be used to treat epilepsy.



"This is the first attempt to get the information people are interested in that is observational in nature," says Maa, an assistant professor at UC Denver and chief of the Comprehensive Epilepsy Programs at Denver Health.

Epilepsy Ireland statement on the use of cannabis in the treatment of epilepsy

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