Medical cannabis is effective in treating seizures and chemotherapy-induced nausea in children, according to a new study published in the journal Pediatrics.
According to its abstract, the objective of the study was to ‘systematically review published reports to identify the evidence base of cannabinoids as a medical treatment in children and adolescents.” Researchers conducted a meta-analysis using 22 different studies published in various outlets and conducted by researchers at various institutions and universities. This included five randomized controlled trials, five case reports, five retrospective chart reviews, four open-label trials, two parent surveys and a single case series. In total these studies had nearly 800 participants.
“Evidence for benefit was strongest for chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting, with increasing evidence of benefit for epilepsy”, states researchers. However, they note that “At this time, there is insufficient evidence to support use for spasticity, neuropathic pain, posttraumatic stress disorder, and Tourette syndrome.”
“The real-world results of these programs indicate that cannabinoids can play a role in pediatric care, particularly in the treatment of life-threatening seizures, and that they can do so in a manner that is sometimes safer and more effective than conventional treatments,” Paul Armentano, NORML’s deputy director, told Healthline.
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