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Stories about cannabis

Home Office returns confiscated cannabis oil to 12-year-old Northern Ireland boy with epilepsy after he has first seizure in over 300 days

18 Jun 2018

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.

The ongoing cannabis debate

31 Mar 2014

Can the chemical compounds in cannabis effectively treat conditions like epilepsy? If they can, who should have access to them? Several US states are making medical marijuana legal while the American Epilepsy Society is calling for more research. The cannabis debate continues

Cannabidiol for seizure control attracts growing numbers to Colorado

29 Oct 2013

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.

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