Testing ‘Medical Marijuana’ in Animals and Humans

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Medical marijuana (cannabis) has two major extracts: tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which makes you feel 'high,' and cannabidiol (CBD), which does not make you feel 'high.'

CBD - the extract that doesn’t make you high - has been shown to stop seizures in animal models, and it seems to work with few side effects. Dr. McIntyre Burnham is now starting to test CBD in an animal model of complex partial seizures (known as the 'kindled amygdala focus').

Dr. Burnham is also working to organize a clinical trial of CBD in adults with drug-resistant epilepsy. If the results are positive, it is hoped that CBD will gain wider acceptance as a new therapy for seizure control.



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