The director of the University of Cincinnati Epilepsy Center and president of the American Epilepsy Society, Dr. Michael Privitera, conducted a small trial on 13 adults suffering from Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (LGS) — a type of epilepsy.
UC Doctor discusses the trial he conducted on cannabidiol for epilepsy and reports positive findings
The News Record reports on the findings of Dr. Michael Privitera. He also gives his general view on the state of medical marijuana in Ohio. The trial he conducted included 13 adult LGS patients. Two different dosages of CBD were given to patients based on their weight. Another group of individuals was selected randomly and given a placebo. These patients suffer on average more 40 seizures a month.
Both the groups treated with cannabidiol (CBD) for epilepsy showed a reduction in seizures, with the group receiving a higher dosage also seeing the most dramatic results. The report doesn’t specify dosages, but all participants using CBD experienced a reduction in seizures varying between 37% for the group receiving the lower dose, and 42% for the group receiving the higher dose.
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Medical cannabis in Ohio
Ohio is grappling with ways to regulate the growth and distribution of medical marijuana and Dr. Privitera sees a place for government regulation. The dosage of CBD and THC should be stipulated on products available from dispensaries, and patients should be informed. With any other drug you use to treat a disease you want to know exactly what you are taking, and Privitera says it should be no different with medical marijuana.
Testing for impurities
He is also concerned about the standard of checking for impurities by people growing and testing in basements, results can never be as accurate as those from tests done by the FDA. Dr. Privitera describes the cannabis-derived medication approved by the FDA, which is expected by next year, as “eagerly awaited”.
The Ohio Medical Marijuana Advisory Committee released proposed rules earlier this month, allocating space less than four football fields for growing medicinal marijuana. This space will be divided between 12 larger and six smaller growers. Dr. Privitera says this wouldn’t nearly be enough, considering the list of conditions for which medical marijuana can be prescribed in Ohio.
Will medical marijuana be allowed on campus?
He says the Student Health Services at UC will have to deal with students who have medical marijuana prescriptions from doctors to deal with conditions. It will have to be decided how medical marijuana should be used on campus as it could impact on different sectors of UC.
According to Privitera, if there is a treatment that really works for someone, and that is the treatment that person needs, you have to figure out a way for that person to use it. A policy will have to be developed through debate and discussion.
On the other hand, Dr. Privitera foresees trouble, as UC receives federal research grants, which could be affected if students are given permission to use medical marijuana on campus. The university could literally lose millions of dollars in research grants if medical cannabis is allowed on site.
Cannabidiol for epilepsy
The reality of using cannabidiol for epilepsy will be very hard to dispute, as cannabis derived medicines are on the verge of being approved, and CBD is considered a medicine. CBD controls seizures resulting from a wide range of conditions, from Dravet syndrome to Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, even in severe and even uncontrolled cases. It was also successful in reducing seizures in autistic patients.