Study Finds CBD Reduces Potentially Fatal Seizures In Children

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Photo Credit: Civilized 

A new study led by Dr. Orrin Devinsky of the NYU Langone Medical Center and published in the New England Journal of Medicine found the liquid form of CBD treatment called Epidiolex reduced the number of seizures in children with severe forms of epilepsy. The 120 children and teenagers from the U.S. and Europe who were involved in the study took a teaspoon of Epidiolex or placebo oil twice a day along with their traditional anti-seizure medications over the course of 14 weeks. Patients who took CBD saw a decrease in serious seizures with convulsions from 12 per month to 6. Three of those patients became seizure free. Those who took the placebo saw no change. Epidiolex did produce some side effects, however, and patients who took the medication experienced more frequent diarrhea, vomiting, fatigue, and sleep disturbances. Additionally, 12 patients removed themselves from the study, nine of which were on the drug and three of which were taking placebo. 

Still, the information is positive, and Devinsky says, "This is the first solid, rigorously obtained scientific data that CBD is a safe and effective treatment for this medical problem." This information has been provided by Civilized and approved by our Chief Medical Officer.