Cannabis pill could reduce epileptic seizures: Australian researchers

MELBOURNE, Oct. 19 (Xinhua) — A cannabis pill administered to adults with epilepsy could reduce seizures, Australian researchers said on Wednesday.

The drug is the subject of a world-first clinical trial in Australia and New Zealand led by Melbourne researchers.

Terry O’Brien, a neurologist at the Royal Melbourne Hospital and head of the trial, said there was desperate need for a treatment for the 30 percent of epileptic sufferers who have a drug-resistant form of the neurological condition which causes seizures.

O’Brien said that the cannabis gel, which has had the hallucinogenic element of the plant removed, would be more effective at reducing the seizures than taking the drug orally.

“Cannabidiol (the non-psychoactive component of the cannabis) has a high first metabolism in the liver,” O’Brien told News Limited on Wednesday.

“It means we don’t know exactly how much of the drug is getting to the brain because much of it is metabolised in the

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