Concerns raised over lack of guidelines for medics regarding use of substances like cannabis oil

By Gordon Deegan

The lack of guidelines to assist medical and nursing staff with the safe use of potentially psychogenic substances, like cannabis oil, has been highlighted by the authors of a new paper.

A paper in the September issue of the Irish Medical Journal (IMJ) reveals how the parents of a five-year-old girl suffering from seizures administered their daughter with cannabis oil every night in order to deal with the condition.

The girl, 5, who was admitted post-operatively to the Paediatric Critical Care Unit (PCCU) at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital in Crumlin.

Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital in Crumlin where the girl was admitted.

The three authors of the paper report that the girl had a history of refractory seizures and the girl’s parents had obtained the cannabis oil from the US and were administering it to her at night, in addition to her regular anticonvulsant medication.

The girl’s parents reported decreased seizure frequency

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