New Cannabis Drug Has Success Treating Rare Form of Epilepsy

cannabis_epilepsyBy Derrick Broze

A new experimental cannabis-based drug has succeeded in treating children with Dravet syndrome, a rare form of epilepsy.

A study conducted by GW Pharmaceuticals has shown that Epidiolex can successfully treat children with Dravet syndrome. GW claimed that a 120-patient trial showed patients taking Epidiolex were able to reduce their convulsive seizures by 39 percent, compared with a reduction on placebo of 13 percent.

“This shows that cannabinoids can produce compelling and clinically important data and represent a highly promising new class of medications, hopefully in a range of conditions,” Chief Executive Justin Gover told Reuters.

Cannabinoids are active receptors found within the cannabis plant and the human body. According to the National Cancer Institute, cannabinoids “activate specific receptors found throughout the body to produce pharmacologic effects, particularly in the central nervous system and the immune system.”  The NCI admits that cannabinoids “may have benefits” in the treatment of cancer-related side effects. A 2014 study published in the Molecular Cancer Therapeutics journal found that the two most common cannabinoids, THC and CBD, may do more than treat cancer-related side effects — they can inhibit the growth of cancer cells.

Gover said GW will now request a meeting with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to discuss plans for regulatory approval for treating Dravet syndrome. GW already has approval for a cannabis-based multiple sclerosis treatment in more than 20 countries, but not the United States.

Although there are currently no FDA-approved therapies for Dravet syndrome, cannabis has been shown to treat epilepsy in the past, most notably with Charlotte Figi. Charlotte is best known as the face of Weed, the 2013 documentary that highlighted the success of using cannabis to reduce the seizures she experienced as the result of Dravet Syndrome, a rare and severe form of epilepsy that begins in infancy. The successful treatments have even led to the creation of a strain of cannabis which is low in tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the most prominent cannabinoid and the one responsible for the plant’s psychoactive effects, and cannabidiol (CBD). Known as “Charlotte’s Web,” the strain is being used to treat patients around the country.

In 2015 I interviewed a former law enforcement officer from Southern California who formerly spent years locking people up for possession of cannabis and now helps patients get access to cannabis oils.

“Back in 2006 I started looking at this a little more aggressively, as an individual who was completely ignorant to what it was we were throwing people in jail for,” Howard said. “I didn’t understand it, wasn’t educated about it. The stigma that surrounds this beautiful culture is unfortunate, but it’s helping people and those who are being helped are now finding a voice and making themselves known.”


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Epidiolex, Charlotte’s Web, and Howard Wendell are only a few examples of the way in which the failed War on Drugs is coming to an end. Perhaps as entrepreneurs and politicians recognize cannabis as the cash crop that it is, more cannabis-friendly policies will be enacted. As Activist Post recently reported, new data released by Marijuana Business Daily shows that the U.S. cannabis industry will add $44 billion to the nation’s economy by 2020. These estimates are based on the assumption that legalization and decriminalization of cannabis will continue.

For more information on the benefits of cannabis please watch the mini-documentary, Cannabis as Medicine.


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Derrick Broze is an investigative journalist and liberty activist. He is the Lead Investigative Reporter for ActivistPost.com and the founder of the TheConsciousResistance.com. Follow him on Twitter.

Derrick is available for interviews.

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  • legal eagle

    “new cannabis drug” ? What is wrong with the original ? There is a plethora of evidence showing that cannabis oil cures several illnesses, including many cancers; is this just another ploy from BigPharma to try to hijack a natural cure anyone can grow in their garden in order to keep it illegal and garner HUGE profits for themselves ?
    YouTube – Run From the Cure
    – Leaf

    And many many more

    • The Woman

      Of course, they can’t make money off of it if its not their idea. Its ignorance being spread around and people are believing it. Cannabis has been here the whole time has already been proven time and time again to help with so so many things.
      Its the lack of self responsibility in most people, instead of taking their lives into their own hands and doing the research and looking for things to help them. Many unfortunately need someone else to tell them what works what doesn’t, what they can and can’t have.

      Wake up people! Take your life in your own hands and take the things you need don’t want for them to be given to you.

    • James Peters

      Please cite those sources which show that cannabis oil cures several illnesses in humans, including many cancers?.

  • gweneth

    Kudos to those bringing cannabis forward.
    Move to Colorado and imbibe for the health of it and the great sunsets.

  • drbhelthi

    A “new” drug, cannabis-based ? Another stupid side-step of the pharmacy industry. Developing an extract of cannabis into an drug that can be patented and sold as a patent medicine at many times its genuine value is the standard, pharma trick. For thousands of years, cannabis has been the herb that has the broadest healing powers of all herbs known to man. Mankind can can create hybrid variations but cannot improve the healing properties by developing extracts into patented drugs. Any synthetic drug made from cannabis will be less effective than the natural cannabis plant and will also create harmful reactions that the natural plant does not cause.

  • AntiLieGuy

    The evil government knew that cannabis cured cancer in 1974 and withheld it from the sheeple. Everyone who supports or enforces the illegal drugs war is a treasonous criminal and belongs at the end of a rope!
    The entire government are evil treasonous criminals. The day of the next false flag using the nuke they stole in 2007 and blamed on Iran, America will be destroyed by Russia, China and the SCO. This is the war of Armageddon and you can know it is now because of Planet X and the toxic chemtrails that hide it every day. Planet X will end the war when it rips the earth apart again but 90% of Americans will be dead already. All planned by your evil government.

  • AntiLieGuy

    That is total BS! And you are citing the evil government web site and another that depends on not curing cancer for its funding? STFU and go learn something thats not government lies!

  • Babara Desmond

    Marijuana plug visit 420cannabisplug dot com

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