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  1. Balzafire
    Compounds found in the leaves of cannabis plants can help reduce seizures in epilepsy that has caused misery to millions of people, say experts.

    The British government is growing these plants in huge industrial-sized greenhouses in the hope of producing a new treatment for epilepsy, the Daily Telegraph reported.

    "Scientists have found three compounds in the leaves that can help reduce and control seizures in epilepsy," it said.

    Ben Whalley, lead researcher of the study at the University of Reading, said, "Tests in animals had shown the compounds are effective at preventing seizures and has fewer side effects than existing epilepsy drugs."

    "In Britain alone there are over 500,000 people who suffer from epilepsy."

    "There was a stigma associated with cannabis that came out from the 60s and 70s associated with recreational use, so people have tended not to look at it medicinally as a result," the newspaper quoted Whalley as saying.

    "Cannabis is thought of being a treasure trove of compounds that could be used for pharmacological development," he added.

    Epilepsy is caused by sudden bursts of electrical activity in the brain that disrupt the normal way in which messages are transmitted. This can cause debilitating seizures and fits that can lead to sufferers injuring themselves.

    Two of the compounds the researchers have identified, one called cannabidiol and the other called GWP42006, have been highly effective at controlling seizures in animals, the newspaper said.

    They now hope to begin clinical trials in humans within the next three years. Neither of the compounds produces the characteristic "high" associated with cannabis use.

    The latest findings were published in the scientific journal Seizure . The scientists believe they work by interfering with the signals that cause the brain to become hyper-excitable, which leads to epileptic seizures.

    Apr 11, 2011


  1. Heretic.Ape.
    Nice to see some research finally getting done on this. I've heard plenty of anecdotal evidence (including my own experience) that pot tends to subdue seizure frequency. The times I've been smoking regularly have been the longest stretches of being seizure free.

    I know that it is a common condition to qualify for medical marijuana (at least in my state I know).

    "Treasure trove" indeed. Pot helps with about everything :)
  2. Balzafire
    It is so ironic that one of the most useful plants ever to be found has been made illegal by so many governments simply because it causes mild euphoria and even the poor can access it.
    .......and we are supposed to trust what they are telling us about methamphetamine being bad for us too? (assume sarcastic tone here)
    I think they are not worried about their credibility.
  3. Abby Normal
    I think that's because the governments have long lost their credibility, so there's none to worry about.

    Hopefully studies like these and reporting on them will open the eyes of the blind.:cool:
  4. Terrapinzflyer
    Damn branding of chemicals! ;) I assume the GWP stands for GW Pharma- the patent holders on Sativex. I wonder if the "420" is their internal tongue in cheek code for cannabis and the 06 means it's the 6th new compound they've identified? it would be interesting to know what compound this is, or at least if it is actually something new or just their tag on one of the many known cannabinoids
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