Young Girl, 7, Who Helped Legalize Cannabidiol in Wisconsin Passes Away

A young girl, 7, who became the face of the movement to legalize the cannabis compound cannabidiol in the State of Wisconsin, passed away on Sunday, leaving behind a legacy that will be remembered (and will benefit thousands) for years to come.

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Lydia Schaeffer.

Lydia Schaeffer suffered from a chromosome disorder called Kleefstra syndrome, in addition to being autistic and epileptic. Her mother, Sally Schaeffer, recently began lobbying lawmakers in her state to legalize cannabidiol, a compound found in cannabis that has been shown to greatly help those with seizure disorders such as epilepsy. Lydia had tried numerous medications, with none of them having the desired effect of significantly improving Lydia’s life without dangerous side-effects.

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Medical Cannabis Measures Becomes Law in Mississippi

Mississippi House Bill 1231, a measure legalizing cannabis extracts for medical purposesmississippisign, has been signed into law by the state’s governor.

Under the new law, which takes effect on July 1st (and is named after Harper Grace Durval, a 22-month-old girl who has Dravet syndrome, a severe form of epilepsy), the possession of low-THC cannabis extracts such as cannabis oil and tincture will be legal for those who receive a recommendation from a physician. The University of Mississippi Medical Center would be authorized to dispense the medicine.

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Utah Senate Committee Approves Bill to Legalize Medical Cannabis Extracts with Unanimous Vote

Utah’s Senate Health and Human Services Committee has given unanimous approval to House Bill 0105, a proposal to legalize cannabis extracts for medical purposes.

Cannabis tincture.
Cannabis tincture.

The measure, which passed the full House of Representatives earlier this week with a 62 to 11 vote, now heads to the full Senate.

If approved into law, House Bill 0105 would allow those in the state who receive a recommendation from a neurologist to receive a waiver from Utah’s Department of Health to legally possess and use cannabis extract (such as cannabis tincture and oil) that’s low in THC (tetrahydrocannabinol).

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Cannabis Can Successfully Treat Epilepsy in Children, Says New Study

A new study published in this month’s issue of the journal Epilepsy Behavior has found that many parents with epileptic children are turning to cannabis-basedcannabis medicines to treat their seizures, and in a large majority of instances, it’s successful in doing so.

“Severe childhood epilepsies are characterized by frequent seizures, neurodevelopmental delays, and impaired quality of life. In these treatment-resistant epilepsies, families often seek alternative treatments”, begins the study’s abstract. “This survey explored the use of cannabidiol-enriched cannabis in children with treatment-resistant epilepsy.”

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Utah Doctors Endorse Legalizing Medical Cannabis For Children’s Epilepsy, Legislation Forthcoming

Three Utah doctors, including a neurologist from the University of Utah, have announced their support for allowing medical cannabis extracts (such as tinctures) and oils to be used by children who suffer from seizures.mmjlogo

In a letter sent to the state’s Controlled Substances Advisory Committee, pediatric neurologist Dr. Francis Filloux said that liquid forms of medical cannabis high in cannabinoids are a promising option for treating children with epilepsy. He says that refusing to legalize the substance would be “making the decision to limit access of our children to a potentially life-improving therapy”.

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BREAKING: FDA Approves Trials for Cannabis-Based Epilepsy Medicine

The U.S. Federal Drug Administration has given unprecedented approval for two separate trials of Epidiolex, a liquid medicine made entirely of cannabis; the substance contains 98% cannafdabidiol, a nonpsychoactive compound found in cannabis – the remaining 2% consist of various trace amounts of other cannabinoids.

The studies will be led by Orrin Devinsky, MD at New York University’s School of Medicine, and Roberta Cilio, MD, PhD, at the University of California.

Each study will involve 25 participants, all children.

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Cannabis Can Stop Seizures, Treat Epilepsy, According to New Study

A new study published in this month’s issue of the British Journal of Pharmacology has found that cannabis can stop seizures due to its “significant anticonvulsant effects”. medical-marijuana-symbol

For the study researchers used an extract made from the whole cannabis plant, and used the substance on a number of animal models – using rats and mice – and found that the extract was able to effectively stop seizures.

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New Study: Cannabis Can Stop Seizures

A new study published by the British Journal of Pharmacology has found that cannabis can stop seizures due to its “significant anticonvulsant effects”. marijuana-medical

For the study researchers used an extract made from the whole cannabis plant, and used the substance on a number of animal models – using rats and mice – and found that the extract was able to effectively stop seizures.

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