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Cannabis in the news

Cannabis in the news

Added: 24 January 2014, 12:38

There has been much in the international press and on television recently about the apparent profound improvement of seizure management of some people with refractory epilepsy as a result of medical marihuana (cannabinoids).   

Epilepsy Scotland acknowledges the ongoing distress, challenges, difficulties and unending uncertainty that exist when living with someone who has numerous seizures a day combined with the constant risk of significant injury.  We also understand the desire to try any new medication or substance that may improve or bring an end to that situation.  

At the moment there is no scientific evidence of the benefit of cannabinoids or their long term effects on children and young people.   To ensure the long term safety of those with such a difficult to manage epilepsy, research requires to be done to provide support for any potential benefits and risks.

Epilepsy Scotland would always support the introduction of another medication/substance that helped to manage seizures and to improve the quality of life of those living with the condition.  We would also only advocate treatments that have been proven to be both effective and safe.