Becoming a pediatric pot parent | TribLIVE – Tribune

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Let’s talk about marijuana — specifically, about how and why I came to be one of the countless parents across America (and around the world) who have let their chronically ill children try it.

A groundbreaking new study published recently in the New England Journal of Medicine found that among children with Dravet syndrome taking cannabidiol, the decrease in the frequency of convulsive seizures was 23 percentage points greater than the decrease in seizures among children taking a placebo.

Cannabidiol is one of hundreds of chemical components found in cannabis plants. Unlike THC, CBD is nonhallucinogenic and nonaddictive. It doesn’t make you high, and it can be extracted as an oil. Until now, evidence of marijuana’s benefits for pediatric epilepsy patients has been largely anecdotal. The new CBD study is hugely significant because it uses the scientific gold

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