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Epileptic seizures in children halved when using natural compounds found in cannabis – systematic review

Findings follows 36 studies of randomised and non-randomised controlled trials of children and adults who have a rare form of epilepsy
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Findings review follows 36 studies of randomised and non-randomised controlled trials of children and adults who have a rare form of epilepsy

Researchers have found that children experienced 50% or greater reductions in the frequency of epileptic seizures if they used naturally occurring compounds found in cannabis – cannabinoids.

A total of 36 studies were reviewed. They consisted mainly of randomised controlled trials (RCTs) of 555 children and adults with a mean age of 16.3 years. The non-RCTs included 2,865 children and adults who had a mean age of 15 years.

All the participants had rare forms of epilepsy that had not responded to usual treatments for epileptic seizures.

For most of the trials one of the cannabinoids – cannabidiol (CBD) – was compared with a

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