The use of medical cannabis to treat seizures has been in the news a lot this week due to the current case involving 12-year old Billy Caldwell. Last month, a study was published in the New England Journal of Medicine on the results of a clinical trial of the effects of Cannabidiol on drop seizures in Lennox-Gastaut syndrome.
Lennox-Gastaut syndrome is a rare form of childhood-onset epilepsy that is difficult to treat and is often debilitating. Drop seizures, also known as atonic seizures, are a type of seizure where partial or complete loss of muscle tone occurs for a short period of time – typically less than 15 seconds. They are called drop seizures due to the characteristic drop of the head that occurs from the relaxing of muscles in the neck.
Cannabidiol, also known as CBD, is a compound extracted from the cannabis plant. It does not contain any THC