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Cannabis medicine offers hope on epilepsy

A drug derived from cannabis offers new hope to people with untreatable forms of epilepsy, according to the results of a new study.

The cannabidiol compound reduced convulsive seizures by almost 40% in teenagers and children with Dravet syndrome — one of the most difficult types of epilepsy to treat. In 5% of cases, the debilitating fits afflicting some patients every day stopped altogether.

The drug’s manufacturer, GW Pharmaceuticals, based in Britain and the US, funded the trial, which…

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