An hour-long programme will be aired on Channel 4 on Monday 28 January, following the story of a family trying to access medical cannabis.
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The UK Home Office has returned 12-year-old Billy Caldwell’s cannabis oil epilepsy medicine after he was taken to hospital on Friday 15 June. This was after Billy’s medicine was confiscated at Heathrow Airport on Monday 11 June.
Billy, from Castlederg in Northern Ireland, has a severe form of epilepsy and has previously had up to 100 seizures a day.
Five-year-old Mila Bennet McNally died in January, following a three-year battle with severe seizures. Her parents, George McNally and Gemma Bennett are now seeking answers about her condition and the treatments available.
According to online reports, an increasing number of US families with children who have Dravet Syndrome, are moving to Colorado. They are doing this to benefit from the state’s more relaxed laws on the medicinal use of cannabis (marijuana).
Dravet Syndrome is a rare form of extreme epilepsy in children, with frequent seizures that are hard to control.
A non-profit making organisation, called Realm of Caring, has developed a strain of the cannabis plant. They claim it can provide relief from seizures where AEDs have not worked.
A collaboration between a UK research team and international medicine manufacturers may lead to a ‘milestone’ treatment for epilepsy. This treatment appears more bearable than current epilepsy medicines – and is based on cannabis.