Medical Marijuana for Children
Children with hard-to-treat epilepsy may find relief from their seizures through medical marijuana, according to some studies. One strain of medical marijuana, “Charlotte’s Web” makes it easier to treat kids without getting them high because the strain has high amounts of CBD but very low levels of THC.
The trend toward using medical marijuana in children is relatively recent, meaning few studies have been performed as to its effects. One study of 74 children ages 1-18 with intractable epilepsy found that 89% reported some seizure reduction following treatment using a CBD oil. Other positive benefits reported by these subjects included improved behavior and alertness, better communication, language improvements, improved motor skills, and better sleep.
Reported adverse effects included drowsiness, fatigue, stomach upset, and irritability.