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The 75 patients were those whose charts indicated use of medical cannabinoids, including 41 who were established Colorado residents and 34 whose parents had moved to the state in order to obtain medical marijuana.

— Thus far, only parent reports and open-label trials for support.

That turn makes it critical to have a trusting relationship with patients and their parents, he said, because cannabinoids are still illegal in much of the country and parents may fear being reported to child services or the police.

Two surveys of parents of children with severe seizure disorders, presented at the American Epilepsy Society annual meeting, found high rates of perceived efficacy, particularly for Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and infantile spasms.

Mean patient age was 7.3 when starting on the cannabis products and the duration of clinician observation was 5.6 months. Diagnoses were mixed: absence seizures, focal seizures, generalized tonic-clonic seizures, myclonic seizures, epileptic spasms, Doose syndrome, Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, and Dravet syndrome were all represented.

A number of clinical trials are active and recruiting people, including studies using Epidiolex in people with Tuberous Sclerosis Complex and Sturge-Weber Syndrome.

Results from 214 people who received Epidiolex (99% CBD) in an open-label study (without a placebo control) and who completed 12 weeks or more on the drug were published in 2015 in Lancet Neurology.

There are some drug-to-drug interactions that have been revealed during the studies of CBD in epilepsy syndromes. More research continues to be done examining these interactions. We know from studies that have been done:

Does cannabis have side effects?

An Israeli study using a product that had 20 parts of CBD to 1 part of THC was performed in an open-label format for children up to age 18 years with hard to control epilepsy. A significant number of people reported seizure reduction with 7% stating seizures worsened.

The use of cannabis to treat epilepsy and other neurological conditions has been studied for a number of years. It has been hotly debated too.

It is important to know that even though marijuana is a plant, it is broken down in a person’s liver like many medicines. People mistakenly believe that marijuana is completely safe because it is a plant or oil from a plant. However, medication interactions can occur.

Marijuana or cannabis in general has a number of side effects depending on how it is used. For example, if smoked, the negative effect of smoking on a person’s lungs and heart also apply to marijuana.