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Cannabis could be used to treat severe epilepsy

The potential of medical marijuana and pure cannabidiol – an active substance in the cannabis plant – for neurologic conditions is highly controversial. However, according to a [s]Daily Mail[/s] report, US research has now suggested the drug could help people with severe epilepsy. Dr Orrin Devinsky, director of the [b]Comprehensive Epilepsy Centre[/b] at [b]New York University Langone Medical Centre[/b], said: ‘While cannabis has been used to treat epilepsy for centuries, data from double-blind randomised, controlled trials of CBD or THC in epilepsy is lacking. [b]Inkatha Freedom Party[/b] politician Mario Oriani-Ambrosini has credited the use of alternative treatments, including the administration of cannabis oils as a suppository, for clearing his lung cancer, reports [s]Business Day[/s]. In February, Oriani-Ambrosini introduced to Parliament a private member’s bill, the [b]Medical Innovations Bill[/b], which aimed to legalise and regulate alternative treatments for cancer, including cannabis.

[link url=]Full Daily Mail report[/link]
[link url=]Epilepsia abstract[/link]
[link url=]Full Business Day report[/link]

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