DRUGS Landmark Study Confirms Marijuana Extract Is An Amazing Aid To Prevent Seizures In Epileptic Children

The annual meeting of the American Epilepsy Society took place in early December, where the largest study presented there confirmed the astounding benefits of medical cannabis to treat seizures.

Epilepsy affects one in 26 Americans during their lifetime, “with one-third having a form of the condition that resists treatment or effective management.” Children and young adults are particularly affected by this debilitating condition.

The findings of this study add to the growing body of evidence that cannabidiol (CBD), a non-psychoactive extract of cannabis, can provide the best option for treatment-resistant epilepsy.

Of 261 patients given CBD treatment, 45% experienced a significant reduction in seizure frequency, and 9% were seizure-free at 3 months. Some children continued to experience benefits after the trial ended, even one year after.

New Jersey Teen With Epilepsy And Autism Wins Right To Take Medical Marijuana At School

NEW JERSEY: Genny Barbour, a New Jersey teen with epilepsy and autism, will return to school full time after winning the fight to have the medical marijuana oil she needs administered to her at school, her mother tells PEOPLE. 

“We never thought that it would happen,” says Lora Barbour, Genny’s mom. “It was Governor Christie who passed this bill. We thought we would have to battle everything through the court system.” 

Last week, Governor Chris Christie signed into law a bill – inspired by Genny – that authorizes parents or primary caregivers to administer edible medical marijuana to sick or disabled children at school, while protecting school districts from liability. This means Genny, 16, will be able to go back to school full-time – she’s been going for half-days so that she can get the dosage she needs. 

The Larc School in Bellmawr , which Genny attends, officially adopted the policy on Nov. 11 and appears to be the first school in the nation to permit medical marijuana on campus, executive director Susan Weiner told NJ.com

7 Things You Need To Know About Sativex

GREAT BRITAIN: Many are starting to hear about a marijuana-based pharmaceutical called Sativex. The drug, which comes as an oral spray, has already been approved in 24 countries as a treatment for multiple sclerosis.

While yet to be approved in the United States, Sativex is legally available in countries like Canada, Australia, Britain and, most recently, France. But the drug has generated a lot of talk in the U.S., largely due to its role in the medical marijuana debate.

According to a recent interview with GW Pharmaceuticals, the company behind the drug, Sativex could be just months away from FDA approval. And if that happens, there’s no doubt the debate over marijuana as a medicine will only intensify.

Families Migrate To Colorado For Marijuana Miracle

COLORADO: Piper rolls back and forth across a large blanket on the living room floor, windmilling her arms and kicking her legs.

“Who’s a happy girl?” asks her mom, Annie Koozer, kneeling over the 2-year-old with a small, oil-filled syringe. Piper fusses as Annie squirts a tiny amount into the side of her mouth.

“What do you think about that? That’s not too bad, especially if it makes you feel better,” says Annie. [Read more…]