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Cannabidiol the Voices of Epilepsy’s hottest topic of 2015

December 10, 2015

By Deron Hamel Epilepsy Ontario’s weekly column, the Voices of Epilepsy, saw strong readership in 2015, and of all the issues covered this year one received more buzz on the organization’s social-media platforms than any other: cannabidiol (CBD). CBD is a substance derived from the marijuana plant. It is the most abundant, non-psychoactive chemical compound…

Supreme Court’s medicinal marijuana ruling a relief for family of child with Dravet syndrome

June 18, 2015

By Deron Hamel The Supreme Court of Canada’s landmark decision to legalize all forms of consumption of medicinal marijuana means Mandy McKnight no longer has to break the law in order to stop her young son’s seizures. Mandy’s seven-year-old son, Liam, has Dravet syndrome, a severe form of epilepsy with frequent, prolonged, drug-resistant seizures. He…

Phase 3 trial to provide clearer picture of CBD’s side effects: researcher

May 14, 2015

By Deron Hamel The third phase of a study examining the impact of cannabidiol (CBD) on people living with severe, drug-resistant forms of epilepsy will paint a clearer picture as to whether or not the cannabis extract has any side effects, says epilepsy researcher Dr. McIntyre Burnham. Phase 2 of the multi-centre study, which was…