An oil derived from the marijuana plant has for the first time been scientifically proven to reduce violent seizures in young people suffering from a rare form of epilepsy.
The study is the first to scientifically prove that Cannabidiol or – CBD oil – is a safe and effective treatment for sufferers of Dravet Syndrome – a rare an debilitating form of epilepsy.
The condition is a rare, catastrophic, lifelong form of epilepsy that begins in the first year of life with frequent and often prolonged seizures.
Seizures have been known to be so long-lasting that they require emergency care and can be fatal.
The condition can also see children developing poorly – with behavioural and developmental delays and movement and balance issues.
Campaign for access
The results will provide more hope to parents and patients who have been campaigning for greater access to the cannabis-based medication.