Marijuana extract tames debilitating brain seizures without the buzz

April 14, 2015 12:37 AM

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In a group of children and young adults with the most intractable forms of epilepsy, a liquid form of marijuana called cannabidiol reduced seizures by more than 50% without causing the drug's usual "high," researchers said.

In an open-label study that enrolled 213 people with a dozen types of severe epilepsy, researchers found that cannabidiol, which is taken by mouth, was relatively well tolerated. In all, 12 subjects, or 6%, ceased taking the drug, also known as CBD, because of side effects, which included drowsiness...

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