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शुक्रवार, 26 मई 2017

Marijuana compound may mitigate seizures in patients with rare epilepsy disorder

Marijuana compound may mitigate seizures in patients with rare epilepsy disorder
- The study showed that cannabidiol, or CBD -- a compound in the cannabis plant that does not contain psychoactive properties that induce a high -- is effective as a medication for treatment-resistant epilepsy. "Cannabidiol should not be viewed as a panacea for epilepsy, but for patients with especially severe forms who have not responded to numerous medications, these results provide hope that we may soon have another treatment option," said lead investigator Orrin Devinsky, Professor at New York University Langone in New York City.
The seizure frequency in individuals treated with CBD dropped by 39 per cent from a median of nearly 12 convulsive seizures per month to about six, than people taking placebo which resulted in 13 per cent reduction in seizures from about 15 monthly seizures to fourteen, noted the researchers in the paper appearing in the New England Journal of Medicine.