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Landmark Study Confirms Marijuana Extract Obliterates Seizures in Epileptic Children


The annual meeting of the American Epilepsy Society took place in early December, where the largest study presented there confirmed the astounding benefits of medical cannabis to treat seizures.

Epilepsy affects one in 26 Americans during their lifetime, “with one-third having a form of the condition that resists treatment or effective management.” Children and young adults are particularly affected by this debilitating condition.

The findings of this study add to the growing body of evidence that cannabidiol (CBD), a non-psychoactive extract of cannabis, can provide the best option for treatment-resistant epilepsy.

Of 261 patients given CBD treatment, 45% experienced a significant reduction in seizure frequency, and 9% were seizure-free at 3 months. Some children continued to experience benefits after the trial ended, even one year after.

In the subsequent periods, which are very encouraging, 9 percent of all patients and 13 percent of those with Dravet Syndrome epilepsy were seizure-free. Many have never been seizure-free before,said lead author Dr. Orrin Devinsky.

The Free Thought Project has covered many stories of CBD providing miraculous benefits to children suffering from treatment-resistant epileptic seizures. With scientific evidence piling up, it is no longer deniable that cannabis provides a host of medical treatments.

As such, the federal classification of cannabis as a Schedule 1 drug—with no medical benefits—is completely absurd and is a moral affront to millions of people searching for alternatives to Big Pharma products.

Research began in the mid-20th century on medical cannabis was quashed with the government’s War on Drugs, but is being rekindled as states continue to legalize medicinal and recreational use. However, clinical trials take a long time, and they are just beginning.

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The call for ending all government roadblocks to medical cannabis research is growing louder and more furious, from doctors and patients alike. Researchers want to explore all options in the quest to cure human ailments.

As a practitioner, I have had families move to Colorado, and many tried multiple different products,” said Devinsky. “As a doctor, I often don’t feel like I know which of many factors is contributing to a patient doing better or worse. We absolutely need rigorous, scientific data on this.

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  • Morphine obliterates the appearance of siesures also, but do they really stop?

  • Aji Amachree Ihetu

  • Lauren Incitar

  • They’d rather give children OxyContin.

    • For seizures – no. But yes to the many other drugs for epilepsy that kill brain cells like Depakote, for instance.

    • So true. That was meant in general. Sorry

    • big pharma is trying to create an artificial cannabis so they can profit by it the recent death in rennes was the second attempt at doing this left the man brain dead he has since died, they also tried it in london a few years ago the result was “the elephant man” and others who lost their fingers and toes

  • Free the people, free the plant

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  • Seizures are caused by over activity in the brain, so it makes sense that marijuana would help slow down that activity.

    • From what I’ve read about seizures, it’s almost the opposite of your stated assessment, and I don’t think I’ve seen evidence that the oil has the psychotropic effect like smoking or ingesting the herb does.

    • The cannabidiol used was non psychoactive so you’re completely wrong.

    • Even if the oil gets you ‘high’ it is still much less of an intoxicating effect than the phenobarbital.

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  • It cuts into big pharma’s profits is the only reason it’s still illegal on the federal level. The FDA cannot survive without big pharma

    • Now I absolutely believe this is absolutely the only reason.

    • It’s all about the politics and who has the money to keep it illegal. Food for thought I became a patient 6 years ago haven’t been to a medical doctor other than a yearly physical at 55 I have no need for doctors or their big pharma drug dealing lies. Most doctors in the US are trained by big pharma to push their lie’s upon their patients and the perks and bonuses big pharma’ pays out make it difficult for there brainwashed minds to wrap themselves around actually doing any research beyond their pay checks and bonuses.My father was in the medical industry for over 25 years as a pharmacist. Once he figured oiut just what it was all about he quit and never looked back

    • How many people die from prescription drug over doses every year? Marijuana zero. My father put it best “Doctors and Nurses” are the number one killers of humans far more than gun violence or any other statistics out there the media doesn’t talk about it because the corruption runs deep in these circles. The war on drugs is a lie>>>

  • A friend of mine’s daughter is moving to Colorado so that she can have easy access to this because if really, really helps stop her seizures. We need to make it easier to get for people who need it for medical reasons.

  • lets just hope these findings are not money related.

  • Medical Marijuana would help many with their health problems, but the “PILL” people would lose a lot of money. Cancer can be destroyed with medical marijuana but there are so many greedy companies and cancer funds hardly spend a larger amount on research–goes to the CEO’s and others to live a really good lifestyle!!!

    • Cancer “being destroyed” in a petri dish is quite different than cancer being destroyed in the human body.

    • Dion maybe research Rick Simpson oil first before you say that

  • When are the educated gonna act like they are actually educated?

  • how is pharma plus going to increase their mountain of profits

  • There is a positive purpose for everything. It is up to us to find its good use.

  • It helps me with my non-epileptic seizures.
    From convulsions, and partial paralyzation, to nearly dancing in 15 seconds.

  • Sylvia Garner Huestis

  • It should be legal for everyone. I sometimes wonder if studies have been done on its use as preventive medicine.

  • Nicola Welsh just after talking about it

  • But but but if they use that how am I supposed to build my Cayman island bank account

  • Omg Joanne Sambuca Sadler!

  • Joy Andrews Guerra

  • “And it’s good for arthritis, too.”

  • Please … Make it legal ✌

  • Ethel Mysierowicz

  • So what about adults they need help also

  • When about adult’s they could use some help also

  • Don’t let Sheriff Thompson of the Weber County Sheriff’s Department see that article, he’s too busy condemning cannabis just for the hell of it. That’s one EVIL man.

  • Guys 34% !!!! Had adverse side effects ! That’s equal or higher than what big pharma pills offer side effect wise ! Do we really want this ??? Also the study was uncontrolled as in they didn’t compare it to a group of people who don’t take it. Meaning these people could have just stopped having their seizures naturally. Way to find grade a material for your “we must legalize it!” thing.

  • Marcus Max

  • CBD.

  • Stop the Greed and Allow the Weed.

  • Big Pharmaceutical companies and Cancer research mislead you into thinking that they are helping you but all they are doing are making customers out of you…They cannot make money from cannabis which anyone can grow.

  • Are their links to where people cangetthis?

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  • Pharmcompany man

    Absolute BS, one of the biggest money makers are opiates, which anyone can grow from Poppies

  • Pharmcompany man

    Well said

  • Pharmcompany man

    I bet 9+% only suffered from seizures a few times a year so 3 months without a seizure would be expected

  • rav1

    This article is completely, good news – even for those of us who’ve known it for years.

    • Chai Chavez

      It is indeed! People need to be educated about this, that marijuana is not a drug but an herb that has a lot of good benefits not only to the human race but to the animals as well.