Dravet Syndrome (myoclonic epilepsy of infancy) is a rare, devastating and potentially fatal form of epilepsy that begins early in infancy and is unrelenting throughout life. Severe seizures can last for hours and are resistant to most anti-epileptic therapy. Among its many consequences are behavioral, speech and developmental delays, growth and nutritional problems, chronic infections and other serious conditions.
But there is new hope for these unfortunate children thanks to a form of medical marijuana that contains a minimal amount of THC, marijuana's psychoactive substance. It is swallowed not smoked. A recent test on a six-year-old miraculously reduced her seizures from up to three hundred a day to just one! Use of the treatment was carefully considered since this was the youngest known patient to have medical marijuana administered. Dravet now joins an ever-lengthening list of conditions that are treatable with medical marijuana.
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