Great news for people with epilepsy: new clinical trials prove that cannabis is effective in treating seizures. The New England Journal of Medicine recently published a study that examines the effect of cannabidiol therapy in sufferers of Dravet Syndrome. The results of the clinical trials were groundbreaking and could lead the way to more accessible medical marijuana.
Dravet Syndrome is a rare, genetic epilepsy disorder that manifests in infancy. Infants with the disorder may have typical development before it starts. However, frequent seizures lead to developmental delays in most cases. Although the infant’s first seizure is typically associated with a fever, the subsequent events can be triggered by changes in temperature, flashing lights, illness, and even emotional stress.
Children with Dravet Syndrome often exhibit developmental delays. This may improve or stabilize in early childhood,